Grants

Jun 20, 2023

Systems Impact Grant

2024 Funding Opportunity for Transition-Age Youth Services

Systems
Impact Grant

2024 Funding Opportunity for Transition-Age Youth Services

Systems Impact Grant

2024 Funding Opportunity for Transition-Age Youth Services

Through the Systems Impact Grant, Youth Villages will partner with public agencies who are committed to dramatically improving outcomes for young adults, jurisdiction-wide, through both program and systemic policy/practice improvements.

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Young people in and aging out of foster care deserve the same opportunities for success as all young people transitioning into adulthood.

Systems Impact Grants can support jurisdictions in identifying and implementing systemic policy and practice changes to improve outcomes for young people and/or a portion of the costs associated with adding or expanding LifeSet and/or high-quality extended foster care services in partnership with Youth Villages. Awards ranging from $500,000 to $4 million over three to four years have been granted in the past.

Applicants must be public agencies (i.e., state or county child welfare and human service agencies; community-based care organizations in privatized child welfare systems). In a privatized child welfare system, private agencies who formally direct distribution of public funds on behalf of the government agency may also apply.

If you are interested in applying, please complete the Systems Impact Grant Request for Information Form and a member of our team will be in touch to discuss this opportunity. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. CT on Friday, March 29, 2024, to be considered for this funding opportunity.

If you are a provider interested in partnering with Youth Villages to bring services to your jurisdiction, please email us at Strategic Partnerships.

Lived Experience Impact Grant

Lived Experience Impact Grants

Congratulations to our 2023 Lived Experience Impact grantees! Lived Experience Impact Grants were awarded to organizations led by individuals who have personal experience in foster care and are now participating in the movement for change through initiatives that focus on improving the lives of young people who are in and exiting foster care. Youth Villages awarded eight grants in the 2023 round of funding — ranging from $25,000 to $80,000 per grant.

  • California Youth Connection/Oregon Foster Youth Connection — To establish Oregon Foster Youth Connection as an independent, youth led advocacy organization to drive policy change across the state. 
  • Florida’s Children First/Florida Youth SHINE — To launch the first phase of the youth-led “YouthCanSHINE” campaign to drive greater change through advocacy and create statewide awareness of the supports that young people in care need to be successful. 
  • Found Village — To expand the support offered to transition-age young people in Hamilton County, Ohio by investing in staff and program development to deliver “Launch to Independence,” a program that offers focused and intentional age-appropriate coaching, life skills training and career advancement opportunities for young people exiting foster care. 
  • Freedom Forward — To fund a guaranteed income pilot for transition-age young people aging out of foster care who are survivors of sexual exploitation in San Francisco, California. 
  • Propelling into Triumph — To expand a life skills coaching and mentorship program for transition-age young people in Miami, Florida.
  • SUN Scholars — To build an AI-powered online education resource for transition-age young people who are graduating high school and the education professionals who support them.  
  • Winston Rhea Scholars — To serve transition-age young people in Louisiana and South Carolina through the expansion of a high-touch, intensive coaching/mentorship program that includes post-high school goal setting and financial support.   
  • YSS Rooftop Gardens — To provide workforce/professional development for child welfare and juvenile justice involved youth in Des Moines, Iowa through a sustainable farming initiative. 
California Youth Connection logo Freedom Forward logo Found Village logo Florida's Children First Fighting For Children's Rights logo Propelling Into Triumph logo YSS Rooftop Gardens logo Winston Rhea Scholars Logo Sun Scholars logo

We look forward to working alongside all our Lived Experience Impact grantees to advocate for changes that will improve outcomes for young people experiencing foster care across the country. If you have any questions, reach out to the project team.

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