B.L.I.N.G. 2018 Spring Grant Application Released!

Do you have a great idea to address a social justice issue in your school or community?

This Spring, B.L.I.N.G. welcomes new and returning grantees who are excited to fund new youth-led projects in San Francisco.

Step 1: 
Check out the details in our application.

Step 2:
Submit an early bird application by Friday, March 9th and get feedback from BLING! Final deadline is Friday, March 16th.

Step 3:  
Questions?  We love them! Contact Natan Sebhatleab, San Francisco Program Coordinator at nsebhatleab@yli.org or at (415) 691-5730.


Building Leaders in Innovative New Giving (BLING) is YLI’s newest youth philanthropy program in San Francisco. Young people living in San Francisco can apply for mini-grants of up to $5000 for their own projects. BLING is using a social justice model which aims to engage youth in critical thinking to fund and support youth-led projects that directly address important issues and inequities affecting San Francisco youth and their communities. BLING engages youth leaders ages 13–17 interested in building youth power to address inequities through philanthropic giving. This strategy is led through popular education approaches, meaningful youth-led action research, and decision making that is accountable to youth across SF. Together, youth grantmakers and youth program officers fund $60,000 annually in two grant cycles. In addition, BLING youth leaders work directly with funded projects to ensure their impact and sustainability.

BLING mini-grant applications are available each fall and spring. Previously funded project can be found here, and this blog post highlights BLING’s 2017 grant recipients.

For more information about participating in BLING, contact Natan Sebhatleab at nsebhatleab@yli.org or at (415) 691-5730.

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