REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Brookline Youth Fund

Spring 2019

Background

The Brookline Youth Fund, which supports Brookline’s youth and youth-related

activities, is the Brookline Community Foundation’s largest endowed, donor advised

fund. The Fund was established in 1999 through the generosity of The Country Club

(TCC). In addition to the initial endowment, which was drawn from proceeds from

the 33 rd Ryder Cup, TCC continues to build the fund by sponsoring an annual

charitable golf tournament.

Goals and Funding Priorities

Grants from the Brookline Youth Fund are made to ensure equal access to

opportunities for all youth in Brookline and to support and enhance the well being

of youth and their families. The Brookline Youth Fund seeks to promote activities

that are inclusive and represent the diversity within the Brookline community, with

a focus on Brookline youth whose families earn less than the town’s median annual

income, or are underserved or considered at risk.

Examples of the types of youth-related activities that may be considered for funding

include:

 Programs that fill programmatic gaps, particularly for middle school aged

youth and youth from low-income families

 Programs that develop youth leadership and/or create job and internship

opportunities

 Programs focusing on arts and culture, environmental education, or health

and fitness

 Programs that support early childhood education

 Programs that help ensure the basic needs of Brookline’s youth are being met

Eligibility

Grants shall be made to or through tax-exempt organizations that meet the

requirements of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code, as well as

to governmental bodies and agencies serving the town. If an organization or project

is new and not yet tax-exempt, an application may be submitted through an

organization that has agreed to serve as a fiscal sponsor.

An eligible organization must be operated and organized so that it does not

discriminate in the hiring of staff or provision of services on the basis of race,

religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or

disability.

Organizations that are currently funded through other funding streams of the

Brookline Community Foundation are eligible to apply. If you have any questions

please contact the Program Director.

Application Process

Applications are due on Friday, January 19, 2019. Decisions will be made in late

March.

BCF accepts all grant applications through our online grants management system.

Visit our Grants Page to learn more about how to use the online system, including

registering for the first time or accessing your existing account.

Please direct all questions to:

Jennifer Lemire

Program Director

617.566.4442

jlemire@brooklinecommunity.org