Anchorage Youth
Development Coalition

Youth Matter Grants

Applications for Youth Matter Grants are open!

Before applying, please review the full grant guide.

Applications are due October 10th at 5pm.  You can email Julie Albert at with any questions or for technical help with the application. 

 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.  Projects also must have a community impact component which reaches beyond the youth group through volunteer work, a community celebration or educational event, or through another community engagement idea.

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 the goals above.

Our Focus: 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

Examples of projects that have been awarded in the past can be found here for reference.

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4241 B Street, Suite 100
Anchorage, AK 99503

Phone: (907) 929-3939

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  1. October AYDC Leadership Team Meeting

    October 31 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
  2. November AYDC Full Coalition Gathering

    November 12 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  3. November AYDC Leadership Team meeting

    November 28 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
  4. December AYDC Annual Meeting

    December 3 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  5. Empathy and Emotion Management workshop

    January 29, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

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