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Grants Advisory Board for Youth (GABY) Program for California


The Sacramento Region Community Foundation is now accepting proposals for the Grants Advisory Board for Youth (GABY) Program. This year’s theme is “Youth Leading Sustainable and Equitable Education and Wellness Programs.”

Donor Name: Sacramento Region Community Foundation

State: California

Counties: El Dorado County (CA), Placer County (CA), Sacramento County (CA),  Yolo County (CA)

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 12/20/2021

Size of the Grant: $500


GABY seeks to fund projects that meet a need in support of historically or currently underserved populations. Projects that amplify existing efforts or help organizations increase their reach or sustainability are encouraged.

GABY supports youth to develop knowledge of philanthropy, skills for serving community, and resources for implementing youth-led projects. Since its inception in 2003, GABY has granted over $500,000 to more than 300 youth-led projects throughout the Sacramento region. During the 2020-2021 program year, the GABY board distributed grants to five youth-led projects totaling $5,000. The funding granted supported youth making equitable change by addressing the affects of the pandemic through a variety of visual arts and environmental education projects.


  • All applications must comply with the GABY guidelines.
  • The youth team must be sponsored by a nonprofit organization or school to accept grant funds.
  • The project must take place in one of the following counties: Sacramento, Yolo, Placer or El Dorado.
  • Grantees are required to attend the Grantee Award Ceremony on February 19, 2022 and Final Grantee Convening on May 21, 2022 as a part of the requirements of receiving a grant.


Your project must:

  • Involve youth in meaningful leadership and decision-making roles, so that they are regarded as resources, not just recipients of services. See “Hart’s Ladder of Young People’s Participation” (GABY is looking for projects with youth participating at Rung 7 and 8).
  • Develop youths’ problem solving, planning, and other life skills to prepare them to take on adult roles and responsibilities.
  • Connect youth to their own communities so that they can become knowledgeable and contribute to their own communities.
  • Promote interaction and cooperation among youth, and between youth and adults.
  • Impact youth in the community, not just the project planners.
  • Respond to the theme of “Youth Leading Sustainable and Equitable Education and Wellness Programs.”
  • Take place in Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, or El Dorado counties.

Guidelines for your team:

  • Your team is youth-led and involves youth as team members. Youth are defined as 10 to 19 years old.
  • Your team includes supervision. Your team has an agency sponsor that is a nonprofit organization or a school.
  • An agency sponsor is an organization that is legally recognized as a charity with 501(c)(3) certification from the government.
  • Your project team and agency sponsor commit to follow-up reporting with the Foundation.

Things a GABY Grant Can Pay For

Please review your budget items very carefully to make sure your budget is accurate and double-check your math. Your application can be turned down if your budget is not clear. Check to see if what you list as an expense is adequately explained in your application.

  • Grants of up to $500 will be made. A grant request for the full amount of $500 will need to be very specific regarding the results of the grant and the cost.
  • Materials” or “supplies” cover physical items you will most likely use up in order to complete your project. For example: refreshments, art supplies, prizes, decorations, equipment or space rental, etc.
  • “Equipment” includes items that will likely last beyond the term of the project (i.e. books, software, cameras, etc.). The agency sponsor will own the equipment after the end of the grant.
  • Travel” includes bus passes, auto rental, or other transportation costs within the eligible counties.
  • “Professional services” include fees paid for speakers, entertainers, trainers or other professionals hired as a part of your project. This does not include payment of fees to the youth team members.
  • Communications/outreach” includes postage, printing, design and other costs for producing publications or fees associated with marketing/media coverage.

For more information, visit GABY Grants.

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