Examples of Grant Proposals for Youth Centers

by Gail Sessoms

Youth are most at-risk for delinquent behavior between the hours of 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., according to the Chicago Youth Center. Youth centers provide positive options for out-of-school time and a safe place for youths to socialize and participate in educational and enrichment activities. A proposal for youth center grants identifies the needs of youth in a given community, proposes a plan for meeting those needs and details a method for measuring the program's outcomes for youth. Although funders usually award grants to support programs and not the organizations, or youth centers, effective proposals define the organization as the ideal community resource to provide the proposed program.

Proposal for After-School Youth Program

The 14-page proposal for the McKinleyville after-school program begins with a table of contents and an executive summary. The proposal, which is in the form of a business plan, describes in detail the planned program, including the need for the program and explains that there are no similar programs for McKinleyville Middle School youth. The proposal discusses the program management and provides a list of measurable objectives and the evaluation process. It ends with a program budget and statistics that support the need for the program.

Computer Program Sample Proposal

Plugged In operates a community center for youth and plans to begin a computer education program. The proposal begins with a cover letter, an executive summary and a description of the organization, which includes background, services provided and the population served. The proposal describes the work of the center, explains the need for the computer program, and connects it to employment and education issues. The project description includes the grant amount requested, the program design and curriculum, objectives and measurement method, a budget, and key staff.

Youth Language Center Proposal

This 9-page proposal begins with a cover letter, describes the organization requesting funds, and provides information about the need for the language center and the proposed goals and objectives. It provides a detailed description of the language center and the program of English language activities, education and tutoring. The proposal also includes staffing details, a plan for evaluation and a budget.

About the Author

Gail Sessoms, a grant writer and nonprofit consultant, writes about nonprofit, small business and personal finance issues. She volunteers as a court-appointed child advocate, has a background in social services and writes about issues important to families. Sessoms holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies.

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