Young Adult Leaders Grants

 It is the belief of the Grassroots Fund that the involvement and leadership of young adults (defined as up to 25 years old) in environmental justice community organizing is a critical component in fulfilling the Grassroots Fund’s mission of creating sustainable communities. The Young Adult Leaders grant program seeks to support initiatives that allow young adults to design, lead, and engage a community-based effort from inception.

Young Adult Leaders Program Eligibility Criteria:

  • Is a past grantee or established group with at least 2 years of project history;
  • Is volunteer-driven or has no more than 2 full-time paid staff (or equivalents);
  • The proposed project has an annual operating budget of $175,000 or under
  • Is doing community based work in CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, or VT
  • incorporate Grassroots Fund issue areas, and are young adult-led.

The Grassroots Fund defines young adult led projects as:

  • efforts led by young adults between the ages of 15-25 years old;

  • existing projects that are seeking to substantively incorporate young adults into governance and program design/delivery

Preference is given to projects that align with the Grassroots Fund Guiding Values.

Application Process

Applications completed by a young adult involved with the project are strongly encouraged. Before submitting an application, all applicants must submit an (online) letter of inquiry (LOI).


  • March 12 - LOI Deadline & application reader registration deadline
  • March 26 - LOI decisions & proposal invitations sent
  • April 8 - proposal deadline
  • April 22- May 11- applicant Interviews
  • May 14th grantmaking committee review meeting 

Final Reports

2017 Young Adult Leaders Grantees must submit a Final Report before reapplying. Click here to submit a Final Report for the Young Adult Leaders Grant.

Apply to Serve on the Young Adult Leaders Grant Making Committee

We believe that as a foundation we make better decisions on where and how to allocate resources if we get a broad range of perspectives and experiences weighing in. We therefore invite all of you to join us in March/April as an application reader and commit around 8 hours (stretched out over a 3 week period) to reading 7 to 10 short(-ish) online applications and give us your feedback. We have a rubric system to help structure feedback and offer a 1-hour webinar ahead of review to explain the system and review our guiding values. 

Click here to register as a Young Adult Leaders application reader 

Submit Letter of Interest