Youth Foundation: Grants for Public Health

OVERVIEW: The Youth Foundation seeks to encourage healthy and active lifestyles in young populations. It also offers grants to groups improving or renovating existing buildings, grounds, and equipment that encourage active lifestyles. 

IP TAKE: Grantseekers should keep in mind that this foundation only awards grants for activities and direct services that benefit kids who are 18 or younger. Also, this funder wants to see tangible results, and as a result, does not support health-policy related efforts.

PROFILE: The Youth Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the shoe and athletic gear company Finish Line. In the public health space, the Youth Foundation supports projects that encourage healthy and active lifestyles in order “to make a difference in the lives of youth in the communities it serves.” The foundation also supports groups that work to improve or renovate existing buildings, grounds, and equipment that encourage active lifestyles such as aquatic and athletic centers. 

The foundation invests through three grant programs: Programmatic, Legacy, and Founder’s.

Programmatic grants offer up to $5,000 to organizations that offer community-based athletic programs and camps that focus on health and active and healthy lifestyles in youth populations. The foundation emphasizes programs and projects that “serve disadvantaged and special needs kids.”

Legacy grants range from $10,000 to $75,000 and support organizations that work to improve facilities, grounds, property, and equipment. For example, Team Activities for Special Kids received a Legacy grant fray the costs of a gymnasium addition. .

To learn more about the types of organizations the Youth Foundation supports and at what level, explore its latest available financial statements.

The foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications throughout the year. Submissions are reviewed quarterly.


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