Anchorage Youth
Development Coalition

Youth Matter Grants

Building a Community Where Youth Matter

AYDC’s Youth Matter grants are specifically intended to support community-based projects to promote health and wellbeing to support youth to matter to their communities. Projects are intended to support youth-led initiatives within the 12-16 year old age range. Funded projects will help to improve the relationships, environment, and experiences for youth.

Applications for the 2018-2019 grant cycle will open on September 10th.  In the meantime, please email Julie at julie@safealaskans with any questions.

For grantees, please fill out this Program Summary Report to conclude your project:

 What is Youth Mattering?

Youth’s perception they are respected, trusted, supported, valued by others, and able to make a difference in their community.


Goals for Projects

We are looking to support projects that address the following goals:


Youth want to live in a safer community, not just for physical safety but also to be empowered to be themselves.

Support, Respect, Fairness

Youth want to be treated fairly and with respect by adults. Having friendly, supportive, and positive relationships with adults provides the right role models to empower youth.

Make a Difference

Youth want to be engaged and make a difference. This may be through providing meaningful opportunities and service-based activities. Meaningful engagement also includes youth involved in decision-making, leadership, and implementing a project.

Creating projects that support Anchorage youth: Your proposal may be service projects, mentorship programs, a series of events or activities, a media campaign, peer-to-peer programs, culture and arts, civic engagement, or more. Projects must meet the above goals, as well as incorporate best practices for achieving high quality programs.

Grant funding limits: A total of $25,000 is available for these Youth Matter Grants. Each project is limited to a maximum of $5,000 and must be focused on addressing two or more goals.

Our Aim: Projects are intended to support youth-led initiatives within the 12-16 year old age range. Projects will receive higher scores that involve youth in leadership roles, in decision-making, and project proposal development and implementation.

If you have questions, please reach out to Julie at

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4241 B Street, Suite 100
Anchorage, AK 99503

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