Youth United Way Seeking Grant Applications

Youth United Way
The 2017-18 Youth United Way class, left, awarded $60,000 in grants to 23 organizations. At right, Abby Antias was named by her peers as the recipient of the Glen C. Smith Award.

Youth United Way members have granted more than $1.2 million since 1989 to impact nonprofit organizations serving youth and improving the community.

They’re ready to add another $60,000 to that total with the 2019 grant cycle, and are now accepting grant applications.

YUW invites organizations to apply for up to $6,000 for programs that impact youth in the areas of Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation, or College and/or Career Readiness. YUW members, who meet each Monday evening for discussion and lessons on philanthropy, chose the interest areas based on what they feel are prevalent issues in our community.

“The group spends a lot of time reading and reflecting on the grant requests,” said YUW Director Mary Lou Boughton. “YUW members use critical thinking skills as they read the requests and come up with sound reasoning for the funds they award.”

Youth United Way is a partnership program between United Way BCKR and the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, which provides funding. The program seeks to empower youth to make a difference through volunteerism, advocacy and grant-making.

Membership is open to high school-aged residents of Kalamazoo County. Contact Mary Lou Boughton at for details about joining.

Download 2019 Request for Proposal