Youth Violence Prevention Project

Thank you for your interest in applying for the 2020 Youth Violence Prevention Project Grant! The YVPP was created in partnership between United Way and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers to empower students to make a difference in our community through project-specific funding, lifting students up into leadership roles.  We also thank Florida Gulf Coast University for their support of this collaboration.

The project you are applying for should be specifically created to target the prevention or awareness of youth violence in the community. The project should involve student decision-makers and leaders in every aspect of the project.

The project that you are applying for should have the following criteria:

  • Directly relate to the prevention or awareness of youth violence
  • Have measurable outcomes
  • Be evidence-based
  • While adults are encouraged to assist, the project must have student-driven leadership and execution
  • Students must be in 6th – 12th grade at the time of the project’s completion
  • Groups will be required to match their awarded funding either monetarily or in-kind
  • The group must be incorporated within: a  not-for-profit organization in the state of Florida and be certified as a tax-exempt  charitable organization  under  Section  501(c)  (3)  of  the Internal Revenue Code; a unit of government; or a public school

The Process

Grants will be accepted through October 23, 2019. Following this, a review committee comprised of students from across Southwest Florida will meet and review applications. They will then award funding. Recipients will be notified no later than November 15 . Groups may request $500 to $2,500 in funding.

Projects will need to be completed no later than April 17, 2020. The awarded student groups will then gather for a mandatory presentation on April 30, 2020.  At this date, projects will present their outcomes to the grant committee and the invited public.