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Youth Fund Distribution Committee

Request for Proposal

Background Information

The Youth Fund Distribution Committee (YFDC) consists of high school students who strive to solve community problems by funding youth-oriented projects. YFDC members establish funding priorities, review proposals, interview agencies, and allocate a total of $25,000 to agencies that will have the greatest community impact for youth.

The Request for Proposal Outline

All non-profit (501c3) organizations that provide youth services within Greater Cleveland are eligible to submit a Request for Proposal. One time limited funds of $5,000 will be given to five different programs. The deadline for submission is 12:00 pm on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.

For the committee to consider your request for grant funding, your program must fit at least one of the five funding priorities for youth ages 0 – 24:

  • Education Support – e.g. school preparation programs, literacy support, English as a Second Language, mentoring, etc.
  • Job Training and Opportunities – e.g. job skills training, work etiquette training, part-time job placement, internships, etc.
  • Basic Needs – e.g. addressing hygiene, clothing, food, shelter, etc.
  • Behavioral Health – e.g. treatment for mental health needs, substance abuse, etc.
  • Violence Prevention – e.g. educating youth to prevent violence, victimization, family violence, rape and dating violence prevention, etc.

Note of Consideration

These proposals will be reviewed by high school students ranging in ages 15 to 18 years old. Simple and brief submissions of one to three pages that explain the organization’s history in working with youth and how their program addresses at least one of the five funding priority areas will be most efficient. Proposals that keep these reviewers in mind will have a more engaged audience.

Application Timeline

December 8, 2017 Request for Proposals published
January 9, 2018 (Noon) Deadline for submission
February 2018 Notification of selection for interview
March 2018 Scheduled interviews with youth committee
May 2018 Grant recipients announced

The committee will review requests and you will be notified by February if your proposal is selected for an interview and further review. Interviews will be scheduled in March and grant recipients will be announced in May.

To receive a grant application, or if you have any questions regarding the application, please contact:

An’Tuan Williams


Frequently Asked Questions
for Students & Parents

United Way of Greater Cleveland coordinates an initiative called the John K. Mott Youth Fund Distribution Committee to engage youth from across the county in our allocation process. YFDC operates out of our Community Impact department, which is where allocations to funded programs are made under the guidance of volunteers. The volunteers of each United Way impact area determine the amount of resources allocated to a specific agency. The United Way impact areas include education, financial stability, health and basic needs.This allocation occurs only after RFPs (Request for Proposals) have been submitted and reviewed. This year, United Way will move to an RFQ (Request for Qualifications) process. United Way aims to tailor that process for the YFDC to help educate students and enable them to use leadership and critical thinking skills, culminating in grants being awarded to local projects that will improve the lives of young people in Greater Cleveland.The initiative is historic and has been serving the community since the 1980s. During that time, the youth had annually awarded $50,000 or more to organizations that serve our community, with a focus on youth services. The YFDC has been on hiatus for the last few years, but we have chosen to reinstate it because of the wonderful effects on youth and our community.

The goals of the YFDC are to:

  • Educate the youth members about community problem-solving through the United Way grant allocation process;
  • Provide a challenging opportunity and instill a spirit of volunteerism in our future adult leaders;
  • Empower youth through a meaningful decision-making process;
  • Demonstrate to the community youth’s ability to responsibly distribute funds.
Nearly 30 years ago John K. Mott, a former United Way staff member, developed the YFDC initiative which was later named after him. YFDC has grown to become one of the leading youth allocation initiatives in the country.
This initiative was started to promote the philanthropic process to the youth of today. The education component related to YFDC helps students better comprehend the needs of the community.

Applications are distributed by school counselors, principals or deans. The nomination process is based on the following:

  1. Current academic standing and obligation
  2. Time commitment and management
  3. Student behavior and maturity level
  4. Extracurricular activity
High school students in the 11th and 12th grades are eligible to apply. Juniors and seniors are the demographic we aim to work with during the school year.
Applications may be submitted via email by scanning them in. Please write legibly using a pen to solidify print. Applications are to be returned to the YFDC coordinator
Students need to submit applications on or before October 2, 2017.
Terms of up to two years is possible with seniors returning who participated during their junior year.
Committee members are expected to meet a total of seven times beginning in October and ending in May.
We thought you’d never ask! Now more than ever students are encouraged to be “Brand Ambassadors.” This entails the duty of posting and sharing pictures and videos of proper public content or actions.
** An overview will be provided.
Bus tickets will be provided to students along with a parking voucher.
Meetings are held at our main office in the theater district of downtown Cleveland
1331 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115

  • Oct 18th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Nov 15th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • December N/A
  • Jan 17th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Feb 21st, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Mar 21st, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • April 26th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • May 7th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

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