Funding Now Available for Youth-led Programs

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The Gulfsouth Youth Action Fund (GYAF Youth Advisory Board is now accepting proposals for its 2011 funding cycle. Specifically, the board supports progressive, youth-led and youth-driven initiatives that demonstrate the power of youth motivated to create change in their community. Grant awards range from $500 to $5,000.

The Gulfsouth Youth Action Fund (GYAF Youth Advisory Board is now accepting proposals for its 2011 funding cycle. Specifically, the board supports progressive, youth-led and youth-driven initiatives that demonstrate the power of youth motivated to create change in their community. Grant awards range from $500 to $5,000.

To apply to the GYAF, eligible applicants should submit a one-page Letter of Intent due Friday, November 12, 2010. Letters of Intent should be single-spaced, created in 12-point font, briefly describe the project or program, and explain how youth will provide leadership to the project, from proposing ideas to owning the outcomes they produce. The Fund supports initiatives throughout the Gulfsouth Region. Individual youth, unincorporated youth groups, 501©3 organizations, and faith-based organizations may apply to this fun Electronic submissions of the Letter of Intent may be sent to gyafproposal(at)thegyac(dot)org.

Individuals and organizations who submit a Letter of Intent should plan to attend a Technical Assistance Workshop, led by the GYAF Youth Advisory Board, on Wednesday, November 17, 2010, at 6:00 p.m. The workshop will take place at the Operation REACH’s National Headquarters, located at 2115 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA 70130.

Full proposals must be received by 5 pm on Friday, December 3, 2010.

The Letter of Intent and the final proposal should be mailed to:
Operation REACH, Inc., Attention: GYAF RFP Response, 2115 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA 70130.

Grant applications and instructions can be downloaded at http://www.operationreach.org.

The Gulfsouth Youth Action Fund (GYAF) is a youth-led philanthropy initiative developed in 2007 by Operation REACH, Inc., in conjunction with the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF). The GYAF gives a select group of outstanding young people the knowledge, know-how and desire to become leaders of change in their communities by empowering them with the tools and training to make strategic investments in their peers.

In 2008, Operation REACH, Inc. became a national organization as new offices were opened in Birmingham and Atlanta. Through this expansion, ORI has been able to amplify the work of the GYAF across the Gulf South region and is now able to engage, empower, and inspire a wider range of children, youth, and families.

For more information, contact Angela Anthony at 504-529-1922 ext. 114 or aanthony(at)operationreach(dot)org.

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Operation REACH, Inc.
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