B.L.I.N.G. 2018 Spring RFP Released!

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

This Fall, 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 and watch our instructional videos on creating a timeline and budget (below) for useful tips.

Step 2:
Submit an early bird application by October 27th and get feedback from BLING!

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.

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

YLI Publications About Youth Philanthropy

Applying for a youth grant? Follow B.L.I.N.G.’s steps!

Read about BLING’s Spring 2017 recipients on YLI’s blog!