Apply for a Youth Leadership Grant

How to Apply

Here are a few key facts about applications to the Youth Leadership Fund:

  • Grants generally range in size from $2,500 to $20,000 and are made twice a year
  • Grants are made only to youth-led programs, meaning that youth are involved in the vision for the project, the development of the application, and will be involved in implementing the work if a grant is received; it’s great if the youth have adult allies who are assisting or supporting them in their effort, but youth must be involved for a grant to be considered
  • Proposed projects should enhance young people’s knowledge of critical issues facing southeast Michigan
  • Proposed projects should strengthen existing partnerships or promote new partnerships that can bring together young people of different backgrounds
  • School districts may apply in addition to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations; thus, if a group of youth is working within their school to better their community in some way, the district may apply for support for the project
  • Applications will be reviewed by a group of young people the Community Foundation oversees called the Youth Advisory Committee; they make grant recommendations to the Community Foundation’s Board
  • Important Note: You must be registered in our online grants management system, Fluxx, in order to begin an application. If you think you will apply for a grant, you should go on the site now and register your organization. Registration only needs to happen once, but is required before you can submit an application.



Based on feedback from a recent survey of grantees that the Center for Effective Philanthropy conducted for us, we’re excited to share that the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is taking time to streamline our grantmaking process.

As a result, we will not be accepting applications for our previous February 15th deadline. The next application deadline will be announced by April 1, so please check back to this page for updates.

For any questions, please contact Sarah Wedepohl or Harmony Rhodes.

Step 1: Review the Application Checklist

In terms of what to include in your application, please consult the application checklist at the link below. Once you have reviewed this list, if you have any questions, please feel free to call 313.961.6675 and ask to speak to Harmony Rhodes, Program Associate.

Review the Application Checklist


Once you’ve reviewed our Application Checklist and spoken with Harmony, it’s time to start your grant application. If you or your organization is new to Fluxx for CFSEM – please register an account here before starting an application. Contact our grants management team for any questions.

Start Your Application

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Questions? Feel free to contact

Harmony Rhodes

Program Associate
Contact Harmony