GHS Interact Club Youth Advisory Group Grants

The Guilford Foundation Youth Advisory Group (YAG) is a partnership between the Foundation and the Guilford High School (GHS) Interact Club to promote youth philanthropy and community involvement.

The initiative began in 2010 with a challenge grant to YAG of $5,000 dollars. YAG was charged to raise other $5,000, and was also asked to solicit, review and make recommendations on granting the funds ($10,000 total) to worthy organizations and projects in the community. In addition, the Guilford Foundation established a permanent legacy fund for YAG to ensure that resources would exist for this project for years to come. Since 2011, YAG has awarded 71 grants to community organizations totaling just under $108,000.

In 2016, TGF asked YAG to take on another responsibility: to solicit and review requests for grants that support the high school but fall outside the budget. TGF has a specific fund—The Guilford Institute Fund—for these purposes. In addition to the grants that YAG reviews from local community organizations, they also review the GHS internal grant requests and prepare recommendations to TGF’s Board of Directors for these funds (around $11,000 per year).

The Guilford Foundation’s goal is for the YAG members to identify and address issues of importance to them in the Guilford community. As part of the process, YAG members learn about the role of a community foundation and all facets of grant making, including actively soliciting and evaluating proposals from nonprofit organizations serving the Guilford Community. The loftiest goal for this effort is to cultivate the next generation of responsible philanthropists.

Grant Guidelines

The mission of the Guilford Interact Youth Advisory Group (YAG) is to foster efforts and relationships that highlight, empower & strengthen the positive values Guilford youth contribute to the community.

YAG is a youth grantmaking body of the Guilford Foundation. They focus on serving the Guilford community by addressing issues of concern and importance to local youth through grantmaking based on a challenge grant from The Guilford Foundation. The goal of The Guilford Foundation’s partnership with the Guilford Interact Club (Junior Rotary) is to enhance the civic engagement of the students at the local level and empower them to address community needs from their own perspective.

General grant awards range from $500-$2,500.

  1. Grant applications must follow the proposal guidelines. All grant applications are due on April 1st and will be awarded in May. An access code, provided by YAG, is required to access the grant application.
  2. Applicants may be contacted by the Interact Grants Committee for additional information, if necessary.
  3. The successful applicant must agree to submit, a final report that includes financial disclosures of how the grant money was spent and the progress made in relation to the originally stated objectives by the March 31, 2023.
  4. Applicants must be IRS certified tax-exempt under section 501(c)3 or a 170 (c)(1) governmental agency serving the Guilford Community.

To apply for a YAG grant, please contact Allen Jacobs, Rotary Advisor to the GHS Interact Youth Advisory Group at 203-453-2545 or or Pat DeChiara, to receive an access code for the online grant application in the Online Grants Center.

Proposals must be submitted by 11:59 pm on April 1.