General Operating

General Operating

General Operating grants provide funding to Minnesota based youth-serving non-profit organizations. The funding is focused on providing support for mission-related core functions that enhance organizational or programmatic operations.


Non-profit organizations are increasingly asked to do more to support the myriad of needs of youth in our communities.  While projects and programs are developed and supported to respond to the needs of youth, oftentimes the operational needs of the non-profits are not prioritized or supported to the same degree as projects and programs.

This year Youthprise has decided to dedicate $176,000 to youth-serving non-profits in Minnesota to award small general operating grants that will focus on operational needs not supported by project or program funding.

Youthprise believes in investing in well-managed organizations that are led by the communities they serve and that center youth in decision-making.  Further, in alignment with our mission, Youthprise values organizations that are committed to dismantling structures of oppression that hinder the ability of youth to lead healthy and vibrant lives.

Best positioned organizations for general operating support will have a track record for managing operations effectively, efficiently, and producing positive outcomes for youth that increases equity with and for youth in the areas of Learning & Leadership, Economic Opportunity, and Health and Safety.  You can read more about our approach here.  To review the full RFP please follow the link below:

You can find the link to the full RFP here

Funding Information:

  • $176,000 is available for funding in 2019;
  • We expect to award 8 to 15 one year grants that will range in size from $10,000 to a maximum of $20,000;
  • Funding can begin as early as 10-1-19 and as late as 1-1-20. However, funding must be completed by 12-31-20;
  • Funding  cannot be used for capital campaigns;
  • Award notifications will be delivered the week of 9-23-19;
  • Eligible applicants are nonprofit youth-serving organizations that are organized and operated for charitable purposes and recognized by the IRS as tax-exempt public charities under Sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • The deadline for the submission of the RFP will be 11:59 PM on 8-5-19.

Review Process:

Youthprise values community wisdom and youth voice in our grantmaking decision-making process.  To that end, we are intentional in engaging youth and community to help us select our grantees.  Fully completed applications submitted by the deadline will be reviewed by one or more panels of grant reviewers consisting of diverse community members and youth.  The highest scoring applications recommended by the grant review panels will be invited to participate in a second level review meeting consisting of an in-person interview with Youthprise staff.  Applications recommended for funding by reviewers will be reviewed by the Youthprise Board of Directors at their September meeting for final funding decision-making.

More Information:

For more information, contact Maurice Nins at

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