Led by young women of color movement organizers, theYouth Engagement Fund (YEF) is the only donor collaborative focused on deepening and expanding youth civic engagement led by and for young people of color. To this end, YEF aims to 1) increase funding support to strengthen and expand the ecosystem of youth of color led organizations advancing civic engagement efforts via state and national youth collaborations, focusing on organizations in the South and Southwest, 2) support state-based issue-based advocacy that fosters conditions for governing power led by and for young people of color, and their communities, and 3) direct its grants to organizations committed to amplifying the civic participation and voting agency of young people of color.
YEF centers youth and young adults of color 35 years old and under, and their communities, creating intentional pathways to dismantling structural racism and white supremacy, and engaging a new wave of politicized young people of color that expands the electorate and transforms American democracy.YEF’s grantmaking principles lead through a philanthropic leadership model that: 1) demonstrates commitment to racial equity; 2) supports the advancement and power building of youth of color; 3) adds value to building local infrastructure in key geographic areas with the largest and growing numbers of communities of color including Arizona, Florida,Georgia, New Mexico, and Texas; and 4) inspires young people to become life-long civic participants and voters by expanding resources to the issues and efforts that are most important to them.
Since 2007, YEF has been investing in building a culture of full civic participation among voting-age young people to ensure that their perspectives, issues, and solutions are part of democratic governance. Bringing together diverse donors both institutional and individual, working across issues, and in varied regions, YEF enables collaborative grantmaking towards the common goals of a more reflective and inclusive democracy. Between 2007 and 2021, YEF provided nearly $30 million to youth engagement organizations. By 2024, YEF aims to grant $10 million annually to its movement partners.
Reporting to the Director of People and Organizational Growth, the Grant Writer plays a critical role in the success of the Youth Engagement Fund’s fundraising program to enable greater growth and impact of YEF’s movement partners (grantees) and the broader youth civic engagement sector. The Grant Writer will be responsible for drafting and producing language forYEF funding deadlines including proposals, reports, and surveys.The Grant Writer will additionally ensure that all key documents and YEF’s grant files are up to date.This position is fully remote with staff located across the country.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘GRANT WRITER 2022 - YOUR FULL NAME’ and the following information about your grant writing experience in the body of the email:
Please note that only prospective candidates invited for an interview will be contacted.
The Youth Engagement Fund is a fiscally sponsored project of NEO Philanthropy. NEO Philanthropy is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.