GABY Grants

Grantees present their project at a GABY Convening

The Foundation is pleased to announce the Grants Advisory Board for Youth (GABY) is now accepting proposals for the 2021 school year! This year's theme is "Youth Promoting Adaptability and Rebuilding Through Community Equity."

GABY seeks to fund projects that have adapted or are shifting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and that meet a need in support of historically or currently underserved populations. Projects that amplify existing efforts or help organizations increase their reach or sustainability are encouraged.


GABY supports youth to develop knowledge of philanthropy, skills for serving community, and resources for implementing youth-led projects. Since its inception in 2003, GABY has granted over $500,000 to more than 300 youth-led projects throughout the Sacramento region. During the 2019-2020 program year alone, the GABY board distributed grants to eight youth-led projects totaling $6,300. The funding made possible environmental support projects, mental health campaigns, an outdoor youth camp, the creation of spaces for diverse populations, and opportunities to reduce waste and hydrate the community.  

This grant opportunity is closed.

Please note that the requirements articulated below were developed for a previous round of the grant opportunity. Details for future rounds may differ.

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  1. All applications must comply with the GABY guidelines (see section below).
  2. The youth team must be sponsored by a nonprofit organization or school to accept grant funds.
  3. The project must take place in one of the following counties: Sacramento, Yolo, Placer or El Dorado.
  4. Grantees are required to attend the Grantee Award Ceremony on February 6, 2021 and Final Grantee Convening on May 15, 2021 as a part of the requirements of receiving a grant. Please note, these events will take place virtually; a Zoom link will be sent prior to each event. 

Please read the statements below to see if your project and team fit within the GABY guidelines.

Your project must:

  • Involve youth in meaningful leadership and decision-making roles, so that they are regarded as resources, not just recipients of services. See "Hart's Ladder of Young People's Participation" here (GABY is looking for projects with youth participating at Rung 7 and 8). 
  • Develop youths' problem solving, planning, and other life skills to prepare them to take on adult roles and responsibilities.
  • Connect youth to their own communities so that they can become knowledgeable and contribute to their own communities.
  • Promote interaction and cooperation among youth, and between youth and adults.
  • Impact youth in the community, not just the project planners.
  • Respond to the theme of "Youth Promoting Adaptability and Rebuilding Through Community Equity."
  • Take place in Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, or El Dorado counties.

Guidelines for your team:

  • Your team is youth-led and involves youth as team members. Youth are defined as 10 to 19 years old.
  • Your team includes supervision. Your team has an agency sponsor that is a nonprofit organization or a school. An agency sponsor is an organization that is legally recognized as a charity with 501(c)(3) certification from the government.
  • Your project team and agency sponsor commit to follow-up reporting with the Foundation.

Please review your budget items very carefully to make sure your budget is accurate and double-check your math. Your application can be turned down if your budget is not clear. Check to see if what you list as an expense is adequately explained in your application. Please also be as clear and concise as possible in your application.  The board does not recommend submitting lengthy responses in proposals.

  • Grants of up to $500 will be made. A grant request for the full amount of $500 will need to be very specific regarding the results of the grant and the cost.
  • "Materials" or "supplies" cover physical items you will most likely use up in order to complete your project. For example: refreshments, art supplies, prizes, decorations, equipment or space rental, etc.
  • "Equipment" includes items that will likely last beyond the term of the project (i.e. books, software, cameras, etc.). The agency sponsor will own the equipment after the end of the grant.
  • "Travel" includes bus passes, auto rental, or other transportation costs within the eligible counties.
  • "Professional services" include fees paid for speakers, entertainers, trainers or other professionals hired as a part of your project. This does not include payment of fees to the youth team members.
  • "Communications/outreach" includes postage, printing, design and other costs for producing publications or fees associated with marketing/media coverage.
Activity Date
GABY Grants Launch November 25, 2020
GABY Grants Close December 21, 2020 at 5:00 pm (PST)
GABY Awardee Convening February 6, 2021
GABY Convening May 15, 2021
Projects Completed By May 15, 2021
Final Reports Due June 4, 2021


Proposals will only be accepted through our online application. No email or paper applications will be accepted.

Please read these instructions thoroughly:

  • Click below to apply, which will take you to the online application system.
  • Click "Create a new account."
  • Use the name and information of the 501(c)(3) that is sponsoring your youth-led project to apply. You will also be asked to include the executive officer contact information for that organization (such as an Executive Director or CEO). If a school is sponsoring your project, please indicate your principal as the executive officer. User information should belong to the youth lead for the project; there will be an opportunity to provide the adult lead contact information later in the application.
  • Once logged in, click "Apply" and then click on "GABY Grants"

For questions in regards to the content of your proposal please contact GABY members at