(Application Deadline is December 16, 2019)

Mission of The Community Foundation 

The Community Foundation’s mission is “Strengthening Inland Southern California through Philanthropy.” The Foundation does this by raising, stewarding and distributing community assets by providing grants to nonprofit organizations, and working toward their vision of a vibrant, generous and just region — with unlimited opportunities. The Foundation focuses on building its endowment to ensure that The Community Foundation is Here for Good.

The Community Foundation maintains the rigorous national standards for excellence for community foundations and is a member of the League of California Community Foundations, as well as the Council on Foundations.

Background:  The Youth Philanthropy Initiative

Launched in November 2008, the Youth Philanthropy Initiative’s goals are to teach youth to meet community challenges by making grants to projects that address concerns of youth and to instill in them an ethic of volunteering and giving so they become philanthropists.  The Idyllwild Youth Grantmakers (IYG) was formed in February 2012 to review proposals and recommend grants for funding in the Idyllwild community.  Members of the IYG are middle school students from Idyllwild School.

The Youth Grantmakers Fund

The Youth Grantmakers Fund is a special fund allocation for projects, programs and/or activities that address issues facing youth such as: alcohol use and drug use, teen pregnancy, youth recreation, homelessness and hunger. The Idyllwild Youth Grantmakers Fund is generously supported by funds from the Idyllwild Community Fund, with matching funds from The Community Foundation.

Proposals are currently being accepted through this competitive grant process.


  • Nonprofit, public benefit corporations with evidence of tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and not classified as a private foundation. Educational institutions are eligible to apply.
  • Nonprofit agencies that serve the Idyllwild Community.
  • Agencies that operate so that they do not discriminate in the hiring of staff or in providing services on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability.

Grantmaking Objectives

Programs and/or activities that:

  • Involve youth in the development and implementation of the project
  • Increase community involvement and volunteerism amongst youth
  • Promote values of personal responsibility and self-sufficiency in youth
  • Provide an avenue for internal exploration and personal empowerment in youth
  • Respect diversity

Support early intervention and prevention of social problems

Funding Priorities

Preference will be given to the following types of YOUTH activities that address issues that relevant to teens in the Idyllwild community:

·         Arts, culture, dance, drama, music, writing ·         Programs led by youth instead of adults
·         Advocacy programs ·         “Real life” learning experiences
·         Educational classes ·         Service learning
·         Mentoring or tutorial programs ·         Teen hotlines
·         Outdoor experiences, camps, etc. ·         Therapy

Grant Award

Applicants may request amounts up to $1,000.  Grant allocations will not exceed $1,000 per grant.

Grant Period

The grant period is up to one year.  Programs may start as early as April 1, 2020 and must end no later than March 31, 2021.

Application Review

Grants are awarded on a competitive basis.  Applications will be screened for eligibility and completeness by The Community Foundation (TCF) staff.  The Youth Grantmakers Committee will evaluate each application and will forward grant recommendations to Idyllwild Community Fund Advisors and The Community Foundation Board of Directors for final approval.

Notification of Results

All applicants will be notified of the results, in writing by February 27, 2020.   

How to Apply

  1. Please read the eligibility requirements carefully.
  2. Complete all forms and answer all questions.
  3. Submit the Application Packet

A)  Submit 1 ORIGINAL (WITH ORIGINAL SIGNATURES) of the following:

    • Completed Grant Application Form (Cover sheet, Narrative (2 pages maximum), and Budget Page).
    • A list of your Board members and their affiliations.
    • Your current operating budget (Fiscal year or calendar year)
    • A copy of your current 501(c) (3) determination letter from the IRS.

B) Mail the Application Packet to:

Denisha Shackelford

Youth Initiatives Manager

The Community Foundation

3700 Sixth Street, Suite 200

Riverside, CA  92501

C) Applications must be received in The Community Foundation office by 5:00 p.m. on December16, 2019.  Postmarks, late applications, incomplete copies and electronic submission (e-mail, fax) will NOT be accepted.

D) For questions contact Denisha Shackelford at