Youth Forward appreciates that no matter how much support a nonprofit has, financial resources are required to get work done. Since 2013, Youth Forward has distributed more than $100,000 through our Bridging the Gap and Youth Investment funds to nonprofits in Chapel Hill-Carrboro, which focus on underserved populations and work to address the lack of out-of-school/summer programming.

Grant Schedule

  • Youth Investment Fund applications due October 6th, 2017
  • Bridging The Gap applications due October 13th, 2017
  • Grant recipients will be announced November 30th, 2017

Youth Forward has two grant opportunities for Chapel Hill-Carrboro youth-serving nonprofits to apply. Please review each grant descriptions, eligibilities, and qualifications to see which best fits your program or organizations. Organizations can only apply for one of the two grants, so it is encouraged that organizations schedule a conversation about their grant to determine which might be best for their organization.


Over the last three years, Youth Forward has granted over $145,000 to local youth-serving organizations. Funding will be awarded to nonprofits that aid underserved populations (Karen/Burmese, Latino/a, and minority males) and out-of-school time/summer programming. Proposals must be submitted for review by October 6th 2017. Nonprofits grant request may not exceed $5,000. Find out how your organization can apply for the Youth Investment Grant.


Youth Forward is piloting a new grantmaking program called Bridging the Gap to equip youth-serving organizations with the financial tools needed to provide more efficient and effective services to underserved populations in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community. Nonprofits that currently serve or would like to expand programs to Latino/a, Karen/Burmese, and minority male populations are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to organizations serving Latino populations. Proposals must be submitted for review by October 13th 2017. Nonprofits can request between $10,000 and $20,000. A grand total of $50,000 will be issued, so it is advised that organizations schedule a conversation prior to applying. Check out how your organization can apply for this grant opportunity.


For more information about the Bridging the Gap or the Youth Investment Fund, please contact Tabitha Blackwell at

  • Chapel Hill Teen Center – $5,000
  • Healthy Girls Save the World – $10,000

  • National Interscholastic Cycling Association – $5,000

  • Augustine Literacy Project – $5,000
  • Bridge II Sports – $5,000

  • Dispute Settlement Center – $4,948

  • Frank Porter Graham PTA – $2,500

  • Marian Cheek Jackson Center’s Fusion Youth Radio – $5,000

  • Musical Empowerment – $5,000

  • Northside Elementary School PTA – $2,500

  • Public School Foundation – $5,000

  • EmPOWERment, Inc – $20,000
  • Orange County Partnership for Young Children – $10,000

  • The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill – $19,981