Grant applications for the 2022 Youth Development Fund are now open


The fund is a competitive annual grant to support nonprofit organizations that work with Boston youth and young adults, ages 10 to 25.

Mayor Kim Janey, the Office of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of Public Safety (OPS) are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Fall Grant from the Development Fund of the Youth (YDF) 2022. The Youth Development Fund (YDF) is a competitive annual grant to support nonprofit organizations that work with Boston youth and young adults, ages 10 to 25.

A total of $ 1,250,000 will be awarded to Boston nonprofit organizations providing positive violence intervention, prevention and response services throughout the city. The YDF will award a total of $ 1,100,000 in fall grants as part of this application process and at least $ 150,000 in summer grants. The maximum grant is $ 60,000 and the size of the awards will vary. Applications are now open and responses are expected Friday, September 24 at 4 p.m. Notifications to winners will be sent in October.

“Developing and protecting our youth is one of the most important responsibilities we have as a city,” said Mayor Janey. “As we continue to improve safety on our streets, it is crucial to listen to the needs of each neighborhood. The Youth Development Fund is a vital tool in ensuring that programming is available to support youth and young adults in Boston.

This fund aims to increase the number and variety of youth development programs that intentionally contribute to measures that prevent violence among youth and young adults in Boston neighborhoods. The Youth Development Fund will prioritize the following types of organizations:

  • Boston-based nonprofits in neighborhoods disproportionately affected by guns or youth violence
  • Youth-serving entities with an intentional focus on outreach and engagement of high-risk / proven-risk youth and young adults or other specified underserved youth populations
  • Organizations using the Positive Youth Development Framework and / or meaningful youth engagement practices

Emphasis will also be placed on support activities that implement evidence-based prevention strategies designed to shape individual behaviors as well as relational, community and societal factors that influence the risk of violence. Examples of evidence-based youth violence prevention strategies include, but are not limited to:

  • Strengthening the development capacities of youth and young adults
  • Connect young people with caring adults and a safe space when not in school
  • Create protective community environments
  • Intervene to reduce harm and prevent future risks

“As we continue to work for a fair recovery from the impacts of COVID-19, keeping our youth safe and healthy,” said Marty Martinez, chief health and social services officer. “Future investments in community organizations that work directly with our youth will ensure their safety and well-being remains a top priority.

Of the 34 organizations or programs funded last fall, 30 are led by a person of color and 12 are led by women. A total of 2,401 youth were served in Allston, Brighton, Charlestown, Chinatown, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Roslindale, Roxbury, South Boston, South End, West End and West Roxbury. 85 percent of those served are youth of color.

“It is through key partnerships with non-profit organizations across the city that we are able to ensure and measure the impacts of our violence prevention strategies,” said the director of security. public, Dr. Rufus Faulk. “The Youth Development Fund plays an important role in helping us support our nonprofit partners by providing the funding needed to strengthen and expand the opportunities they create for young people in Boston.”

Non-profit organizations serving youth and organizations using eligible tax agents are invited to apply for an award. Please read the eligibility and program requirements carefully, as the grant design, priorities and eligibility of applicants to the Youth Development Fund have changed significantly from previous years. The City of Boston will make a conscious and intentional effort to give to the Boston community and will take a close look at which programs meet the unique needs of each neighborhood.

Learn more about the Youth Development Fund.


The Mayor’s Office of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the city’s largest cabinet with ten departments and offices that cover work in multiple communities, all striving to create a healthier Boston. Committed to promoting and ensuring the health and well-being of the city’s most vulnerable residents, HHS offers a wide range of essential programs and services while advocating for systemic change to address the root causes of some of our most pressing challenges in the city. HHS departments work with and for the most needy populations in our city, including veterans, youth, people with disabilities and our aging residents.


The Mayor’s Office of Public Security (BSP) studies, designs and initiates violence prevention and intervention programs and policies. OPS strives to address the challenges and issues associated with violence in our neighborhoods by coordinating the delivery of services and resources administered by various agencies, departments, and firms across the city of Boston.


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