The Youthprise Approach: Capacity Building Grants

Published on November 21, 2014 | Written by

By Rudy Guglielmo Jr, Program Officer


Youthprise is thrilled to announce our 2014 competitive grant recipients and share insights into our capacity building grantmaking strategy!

The goal of our 2014 capacity building grantmaking is to increase the ability of organizations to participate in expanded learning systems and authentically engage youth. Currently, youth-serving organizations operate in an environment where resources are diminishing and funding priorities are shifting. We believe consistent funding has contributed to their sustainability as well as built a broad base of support for our mission and goals.

Community members, staff and youth aided their review to identify organizations prepared to collaborate with expanded learning systems. Youthprise prioritized funding to small and mid-size nonprofit youth-serving organizations with operating budgets of less than $2 million. We also took into consideration the racial composition of the organization’s staff, board, and programs and prioritized strategies for participating in citywide expanded learning systems, such as Sprockets, the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board, and Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth. Observations include:

  • A significant number of organizations serve youth in both Minneapolis and Saint Paul ; and
  • Programs offer a diverse range of expanded learning activities, which include service learning, leadership development, and experiential learning programs, followed by academic and arts programs.

Ultimately, we selected 48 organizations that will be the recipients of one-year grants for capacity building around organizational effectiveness, data collection and quality improvement. Here is the full list of our 2014 Capacity Building Grantees. For a complete overview of our grantmaking strategy check out our website.

Here are some examples of the work that some of our grantees are up to:


Our Stories // Nuestras Historias from El Colegio High School on Vimeo.

Intermedia Arts, Youth, and a 40 Year Legacy of Change from Intermedia Arts on Vimeo.

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