Get $5,000 from BLING for social change in San Francisco!

Youth Opportunities

“Grantmaking inspires and empowers youth to express their needs so we can make a difference in our community. We learn a professional skill that can be used in our future employment.”– Youth Leader, Bayview Youth Summit Planning Committee (Fall 2015 Grantee)

B.L.I.N.G. (Building Leaders in Innovative New Giving) is YLI’s youth-led social justice philanthropy program in San Francisco. Composed of a group of San Francisco youth, B.L.I.N.G. grantmakers enable SF youth to act on social injustices they see in their communities. Gratmakers use their lived experience as youth in San Francisco to gain leadership development and grantmaking experience. With funding provided by San Francisco’s Department of Children, Youth, & Their Families, B.L.I.N.G. grantmakers distribute a total of $60,000 a year into the community. Twice a year, B.L.I.N.G. grantmakers open applications for youth who are leading social change across the city to apply for grants for up to $5,000 to make their dreams of social change a reality.


How would you use $5,000k to change the lives of San Francisco Youth?

If you’ve got ideas, we’ve got support! B.L.I.N.G. will help you complete your application, support you through your project implementation, and celebrate you when you’re done!

Our Fall 2016 applications are available now- Click here to download the application!

Questions about what kinds of projects we’ve funded in the past? Click the pictures below to learn about BLING’s past grantees

B.L.I.N.G. Grantees- Spring 2016
B.L.I.N.G. Grantees- Fall 2015







Early Bird Deadline* is November 15th at 5pm.

*Insider tip- submit you application early to get advice on how to make your application stronger

Final Applications are due by December 2nd at 5pm.

Questions? Contact Kim @ [email protected]