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Grant Opportunities

Everyday Young Hero Award

(Deadline: Ongoing)

Each week, YSA features an Everyday Young Hero in the National Service Briefing. Everyday Young Heroes are youth leaders, ages 5-25, who identify a need in their community, address it through service, mobilize their peers and community partners, and engage the media and elected officials. Everyday Young Hero Award winners receive a certificate and award letter, and will be featured on YSA's website and in the National Service Briefing. Youth selected as Everyday Young Heroes are also considered for YSA's other awards, including YSA Service Stars and the Harris Wofford Award.

To nominate a young person who has improved their community through service, visit


Ben & Jerry's Foundation National Grassroots Grant Program

(Deadline: Ongoing)

Through the National Grassroots Grant Program, Ben & Jerry's Foundations supports nonprofit community organizations throughout the United States that bring about progressive social change by addressing the underlying conditions of societal and environmental problems. The broad goals of the program are to further social justice, protect the environment, and support sustainable food systems. Grants of up to $15,000 are provided to grassroots, constituent-led organizations that are using community organizing strategies to accomplish their goals as well as organizations that provide technical support and/or resources to such groups. The Foundation does not make grants to support social service programs. Letters of interest may be submitted at any time.


EMpower Youth Development Grants

(Deadline: Ongoing)

EMpower provides funding to locally led organizations in emerging market countries that are working to improve the lives of marginalized youth through education, health, livelihoods or leadership development. Support is provided for service-related activities as well as organizational capacity-building. Funded organizations must work directly with young people (ages 10-24) to improve their health, education, leadership, or livelihoods and must be based in one of the following emerging market countries: Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, India (Gujarat, Maharashtra, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, or West Bengal), Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, or Vietnam. Applicants must have proof of registration as a non-governmental organization in the country where they are seeking support. Letters of inquiry may be submitted year-round. For more information, visit

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