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 $300,000 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.

Upcoming Grant Deadline

  • Youth Investment Fund applications due March 9th, 2018

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 four years, Youth Forward has granted over $200,000 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 March 9th, 2018. Nonprofits grant request may not exceed $5,000. Find out how your organization can apply for the Youth Investment Grant.


Last year, Youth Forward piloted 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 have been  encouraged to apply. Youth Forward has distributed $100,000 over the last two years. Please check back Spring 2018 for information on any upcoming Bridging the Gap grant application deadlines.


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

  • Bouncing Bulldogs- $5,000
  • Boys and Girls of Durham and Orange Counties- $5,000
  • Chapel Hill Teen Center – $5,000
  • First In Families- $5,000
  • Girls on the Run- $5,000
  • Healthy Girls Save the World – $10,000
  • Institute of Art Therapy- $5,000
  • National Interscholastic Cycling Association – $5,000
  • Northside Elementary- $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

  • Pupusas 4 Education- $24,250
  • Refugee Community Partnership- $24,250
  • EmPOWERment, Inc – $20,000
  • Orange County Partnership for Young Children – $10,000

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