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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, September 8, 2014

Fund for Santa Barbara: $30,000 Available for Youth-Led Projects!

$30,000 Available for Youth-Led Projects!
Youth Making Change Announces the 2014-2015 Grant Cycle

The Fund for Santa Barbara’s Youth Making Change (YMC) program is a year-long, youth-led grant-making program that provides young people with the opportunity to engage directly in organized philanthropy. Youth ages 13 to 19 are recruited annually to join the YMC Boards. Each YMC Board (one in Santa Maria and one in Santa Barbara) then conducts a grant-making program and distributes a total of $15,000 in grants of various sizes (up to $3,500) to youth-led projects that address issues and challenges directly affecting young people in Santa Barbara County.

The Youth Making Change grant application is available now for download in English and Spanish from the Fund for Santa Barbara website (www.fundforsantabarbara.org/youth.php) or by visiting the Fund offices:

Santa Maria Office: 120 East Jones Street - Suite 120, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Santa Barbara Office: 26 West Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Basic Guidelines (see the application for complete project requirements)
All aspects of the project must be led by youth ages 12 to 24.
The project must provide a benefit to youth in the community in addition to members of the applicant group.
The project must attempt to fix a problem affecting youth by providing a solution.
The project must be located in Santa Barbara County.
Youth-led applicant groups must have a sponsoring organization such as a school or community-based organization.

Interested groups are encouraged to attend a YMC GRANT-WRITING WORKSHOP:

In Santa Barbara on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Orfalea Downtown Center - 1221 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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In Santa Maria on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Community Room - 705 S. McClelland Street, Santa Maria, CA 93454


Questions may be directed to Cristina González, Fund for Santa Barbara Regional Program Manager, at 805-922-1707 x200 or ymc@fundforsantabarbara.org.

Applications for funding must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 24, 2014.

The Fund For Santa Barbara is a nonprofit community foundation that supports organizations working for social, economic, environment & political change in Santa Barbara County. Since its inception in 1980, The Fund has awarded over $5 million to more than 900 projects throughout Santa Barbara County.

THE FUND FOR SANTA BARBARA
Celebrating 34 Years of “Change, Not Charity”
26 West Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
120 East Jones Street - Suite #120, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone: (805) 962-9164 / Fax: (805) 965-0217
Email: jmoreno@fundforsantabarbara.org
Website: http://www.fundforsantabarbara.org
On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FundforSantaBarbara

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THE FUND FOR SANTA BARBARA is a nonprofit community foundation that supports organizations working for social, economic, environmental & political change in Santa Barbara County. This includes grassroots organizing against discrimination of all kinds, supporting the rights & dignity of working people, promoting community self-determination, organizing for peace and nonviolence, working to improve the quality of our environment, and building cross-issue/cross-constituency coalitions and alliances. THE FUND raises money through donations of all sizes in order to provide grants and technical assistance. Since its founding in 1980, THE FUND FOR SANTA BARBARA has awarded over $5 million to more than 900 projects.

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