Northern California Youth Power Fund

Northern California Youth Power Fund

Click here to apply. [Deadline: 6:00pm Pacific Time, Friday, October 29, 2021]

Who We Are

Launched in 2019, the Northern California Youth Power Funder Collaborative is a network of foundations and individual donors committed to creating more equitable, just and effective social, economic and political systems through the power of youth organizing. While our individual missions span a range of issues such as advancing racial equity and economic inclusion, expanding access to affordable, quality health care, and improving life outcomes for young people through education – collectively, we see youth organizing as essential to advancing justice and equity in communities today. We also value the intentionality with which they cultivate and develop young leaders for the future.

Our Purpose

To collectively cultivate a powerful youth organizing ecosystem with shared strategies to engage more young people, expand power, and address pressing issues. Working closely with youth organizing groups, researchers, and aligned funders, and with the facilitation support of Youth Organize! California, the collaborative is committed to utilizing collective expertise to support emergent and established youth organizing and leadership development strategies throughout the region. 

Youth Power Fund Overview and Application Process

Deadline and Submission Process

Applications are available starting Wednesday, September 8, 2021 and will be available through 6pm Pacific Time on Friday, October 29, 2021. Please click the link to this form to complete an application [Deadline: October 29, 2021].

You can view, copy, and download a Word version of the online application questions to prepare and edit your responses before submitting them to the online application form.

Who is eligible to receive funding?

501(c)(3) organizations that are led by (staff and board) and organizing young people of color, women, immigrants, and LGBQ-TGNC (lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer or questioning and transgender and gender nonconforming) communities who are actively working to dismantle white supremacy, especially, but not limited to, Black or Indigenous membership groups. Organizations should actively work in any of the following Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, or Santa Clara. 

Organizations with fiscal sponsors are also welcome to apply but must provide a letter stating that they can receive funds if awarded. 

In addition, the Fund prioritizes organizations with youth organizing program budgets under $2 million, especially, but not limited to smaller organizations.

[Note: The Fund is beginning to develop relationships with organizations in regions adjacent to the Greater Bay Area with hopes of expansion in upcoming grant phases. Applications from organizations in those regions will be accepted by invitation only for this grant cycle.]

Funding Decisions and Announcements 

Grant decisions and awards will be announced on or after December 10, 2021 with grant funds disbursed in January 2022..

Frequently Asked Questions

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions document for more information about the application and selection process. 

More Information about the Youth Power Fund

For more information about the Youth Power Fund, please visit the Youth Power Fund website or download the 2021 Youth Power Fund overview.

Contact Information

  • Jeremy Gaspar-Lahoud, Youth Organize! California ( )

  • Joshua Lee, East Bay Community Foundation ( )