2021 Durham Youth Leadership Fund

We’re excited to announce the 2021 Durham Youth Leadership Fund (DYLF)! The DYLF is a direct response to the needs and dreams we heard about during the Durham Youth Listening Project. The DYLF will: create meaningful leadership and decision making opportunities for young people; create welcoming and supportive places for young people; and respond to current COVID-19 needs.

green gear iconYoung people (ages 13-24 years), community groups, and organizations are eligible to apply for one-year grants ranging from $500 - $20,000!

Deadline to apply is May 2, 2021 at 11:59pm. 


Focus of Funding

With funding support from the Durham County Non-Profit Funding Program, the DYLF will fund a total of $100,000 for up to 15 community-based projects that support:

  • Young people ages 13-24 years
  • Black, Latinx, and Indigenous youth; LGBTQ+ youth; immigrant and migrant youth; youth who have experienced economic hardships, houselessness, interactions with law enforcement, or being pushed out of institutions, including education environments; youth who have recently aged out of foster care; and youth with disabilities, including physical, mental, and developmental

And that are working on one or more of these focus areas:blue triangle

  • Creating welcoming and supportive spaces and places for young people and their families
  • Creating new opportunities for youth leadership and engagement
  • Providing COVID Emergency Relief Funds for young people and their families 


Before You Apply

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Read the Durham Youth Listening Project Report for a better understanding of the focus areas being funded
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Read the 2021 Durham Youth Leadership Fund - Application Guidelines (English and Spanish)
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Review the Interest Form (English and Spanish) and prep your responses before going to the online form linked below 
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Attend an Information Session:

APPLICATION PROCESS AND TIMELINE

Note: Spanish language access will be incorporated into all steps of the process.

  1. Step 1
    Submit your Interest Form by 11:59 pm on Sunday, May 2, 2021.
  1. Step 2
    Selected applicants will be invited to pitch their proposals to the Youth-Adult Grant Making Team in a virtual session sometime mid to late May 2021.
  1. Step 3
    Finalists are notified and will complete paperwork to finalize their agreement with the City of Durham, sometime mid to late June 2021.
  1. Step 4
    Projects begin July 1, 2021, and go through June 30, 2022!

QUESTIONS AND SUPPORT

We’re here to help support applicants through all steps of the application process. Please reach out to us with any questions, thoughts or concerns you may have about the grant program.

Contact A’lice at A’lice.Frazier@durhamnc.gov or call or text (984) 260-6703 for any questions or support in English. Abstract orange shape

Contact Cate at celander@dconc.gov or call or text (347) 738-0694 for any questions or support in Spanish.