Youth Leadership Development Grants Addressing equitable recovery and economic mobility through equitable education.

Funding Purpose

Youth Leadership Development grants will focus on strategies designed to develop youth as leaders, prepare youth for future success, and build resiliency.  Made possible with the support of Blue Meridian Partners, $8 million has been committed over two years to reverse disparities in San Antonio, particularly those magnified by the coronavirus pandemic, and advance economic mobility for young people and their families.   

The Area Foundation is honored to serve as one of two Anchor Partners for the initiative, leading the community grantmaking component of the work. UP Partnership is the overall initiative lead and backbone, driving a citywide planning process with a coalition of 175 cross-sector youth-serving institutions throughout Bexar County.  The City of San Antonio is serving as the initiative's second Anchor Partner. Several community organizations in UP Partnership's coalition have also been identified to serve as Implementation Partners.    

Of the $8 million contributed by Blue Meridian Partners, the Area Foundation will receive $2.1 million to support the initiative’s grantmaking efforts.   Of that, the Area Foundation expects to grant up to $760,000 for Youth Leadership Development grants through a competitive grant process and $1.2M for Workforce Development and Childcare grants in partnership with the City of San Antonio. 

For more information regarding this partnership, please click here.

Application Information

Organizations considered for funding must demonstrate past success of providing opportunities for youth to exercise their voice and prepare youth for future success.   

More specifically, the Area Foundation is seeking proposals that align with and advance the following objectives, in alignment with the Our Tomorrow youth leadership network: 

  • Develop young leaders by providing opportunities for youth to exercise their voice 
  • Support social and emotional learning and mental health to develop resiliency 
  • Prepare youth for future success by offering education and career development programs that align to student passion and interest 
Gavin Nichols

Gavin Nichols

Senior Program Officer

Grant Information Webinar

In lieu of a live presentation, a pre-recorded session is available to help address any questions regarding this grant process.

Grant Awards

Jennifer Cook

Jennifer Cook

Senior Program Officer