2018 Affiliate Grants
The following two grant opportunities were made possible by the Sunderland Foundation. YVC’s partnership with Sunderland aims to increase the development of, and interest in, trade skills prevalent in manufacturing and construction, which has been one of the hardest segment of the workforce to staff with skilled workers (Forbes Magazine). Funding from Sunderland Foundation acts as a catalyst for building/construction-based volunteer projects within the network.
Building Our Future Grants
Building Our Future Grants were awarded to affiliates doing truly exceptional work in their local communities. Many affiliates received their Building Our Future grants in 2017, and an additional three received funding in 2018. These affiliates mobilized youth in their communities to repair the homes of seniors, build bird feeders for local nursing homes, construct and install raised garden beds, and much more!
Building Our Brand Grants
The Building Our Brand Grants were the first example of funding for affiliates to be used for YVC marketing materials and branded summer t-shirts. In addition to increasing YVC’s international branding and exposure, the purpose of the Big Build Grant was to serve as a catalyst for construction and building-related service projects. 35 affiliates received this award in 2018, and utilized this funding to repair and renovate park swings, build picnic tables for churches and local nonprofits, renovate homeless shelters, and much more!
YVCHQ Summit Grant
YVC’s Summit conference is held every year, celebrating and bringing together the YVC network. In 2018, this conference was held in Charleston, SC where youth volunteers, YVC staff, and youth volunteer alumni participated in workshops and activities with peers from all over the YVC network. YVC Headquarters created this grant for affiliates to apply, after having planned and implemented their own Summit fundraiser. All affiliates that applied received funding, resulting in YVC Headquarters investing over $20,000 in supporting affiliate attendance at the national conference.
International Youth Advisory Board
For the first year in YVC’s history, members of YVC’s International Youth Advisory Board received funding to attend Summit. IYAB’s only in-person meeting is hosted at Summit, so attendance is strongly encouraged for all members. This grant, totaling $8,476, resulted in the highest IYAB member attendance at Summit.
Affiliate of the Year
Congratulations to YVC of Anderson, SC, the 2018 Affiliate of the Year! This is the top honor for YVC Affiliates and includes a $1,000 grant awarded at Summit.
The Beauty and Praise of Altruists Foundation
Through a generous donation from The Beauty and Praise of Altruists Foundation, Youth Volunteer Corps provided ten youth volunteers scholarships to attend the 2018 Summit. Thanks to BPAF’s support in helping bring our amazing youth volunteers to Summit!