JP Kids: City releases RFP for grants for kids programs

Summer youth programs can now apply for grants of up to $4,000 to enrich their programming, according to a press release.

The Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF) Summer Grants request for proposals (RFP) have been released by BCYF and the City of Boston. They are intended to increase the number and variety of programs serving youths and ensure that youths across the city have access to activities and opportunities this summer.

“Thousands of Boston’s young people will have a great summer thanks to the agencies the BCYF Summer Grant supports,” said Mayor Martin Walsh, according to the press release. “I am pleased to be able to offer this grant to support the innovative and engaging programming provided by our nonprofit partners during the summer months.”

The grants range from $2,000 to $4,000 and are for programs that serve ages 6-18, possibly including young adults up to age 21. The programs must operate between July 10 and August 31 to be eligible for a grant.

Last year, over half of the 79 programs that were awarded funding had a sports, recreation, and fitness or health-related focus, while others were art-based, educational, or community and civic engagement opportunities.

“I can’t wait to review the applications we will receive from all areas of the city,” said William Morales, commissioner of BCYF. “Even though BCYF offers hundreds of summer programs, we rely on our nonprofit partners to join us in keeping Boston’s youth happy, healthy and safe during the summer.”

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on May 1. For more information, visit Boston.Gov/BCYF.

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