2021 Durham Youth Leadership Fund

The Durham Youth Leadership Fund (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!

The application process is closed. Check back later this summer to see the selected projects!

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:


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!