Children, Youth & Families Program


Investing in the future of Children, Youth & Families

2018 Program plans will be posted here in January. Please check back.

The CY&F Capacity Building Grant Program is designed to help young people realize their full potential and become caring, productive citizens. The focus is on underserved youth who face economic and/or personal barriers to success. The program provides proven youth-serving nonprofits in our geographic catchment area with funds for capacity building projects designed to strengthen the agency’s core capacities.

To mark the fifth year of the program in 2016, we worked with Carlisle & Company on a Grantee Perception project.

Thanks to the nonprofit partners who participated, either through the online survey, the telephone interviews, or both. We appreciate your feedback and are incorporating your ideas into our procedures which we hope will strengthen our capacity building grant program and your agency.

In 2017, you’ll see that we are offering all five grant tracks during both grant cycles to give applicants more flexibility.

We’ve also elaborated on what we’re looking for in terms of consultant proposals and provided some good resources on how to get the most from a consultation.

Other feedback or comments? Please let us know.

The Foundation will be offering two grant cycles in 2017.





Who Should Apply?

If you can answer “yes” to the following questions, your 501(c)3 nonprofit organization is eligible to apply:

  • Does your organization primarily serve Children, Youth & Families, providing moderate to intensive youth development programming? (See Programmatic Eligibility)
  • Does your organization work in our catchment area? (Acton, Concord, Framingham, Hudson, Lincoln, Marlboro, Maynard, Natick, Stow, Wayland and Sudbury)
  • Is your request for an appropriate Capacity Building project? (See Grant Tracks.)

Click to download the 2017 CY&F RFP.
Click to download the 2017 CY&F Concept Paper Outline.

Click HERE for program details including:

Click HERE for information on Capacity Building grants and why we like them.
Click HERE and HERE to learn more about our focus on Positive Youth Development.
Click HERE for information on projects involving consultants.
Click HERE to read about the Children, Youth & Families Program projects funded recently.

Please contact Foundation staff if you have additional questions.

Updated September 1, 2017