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On December 15, 2017, Episcopal Charities will begin accepting applications for Youth Opportunity grants for the summer of 2018 and 2018-19 academic year. Each year, the deadline to submit an application is 5 pm on the first Friday of February. Our next deadline is February 2, 2018.

Applicants will notified of decisions in early April 2018. A list of programs currently receiving Youth Opportunity Grants is available online.

Application Checklist

Below you’ll find a timeline for the 2018-19 Youth Opportunity grant cycle.

  • Check our eligibility requirements to see if your organization or project is eligible for a grant.
  • Learn about Safe Church workshops designed to protect children in your program
  • First Time Applicant? Register for one of our online orientation sessions.
  • Fill out the Intent to Apply form before January 5, 2018.
  • Download and fill out a copy of the budget form [available on December 15, 2017].
  • Submit online application by Friday, February 2, 2018 [available on December 2017).
  • Applicants will be notified of decisions in late April 2018.
  • Grants will be disbursed in one payment for summer programs (July), and in two payments for academic year programs (September and March).

About Youth Opportunity Grants

Youth Opportunity Grants (YOG) are awarded to parish-based outreach programs addressing the needs of children and youth in communities throughout the Episcopal Diocese of New York, including:

Episcopal Charities awards Youth Opportunity Grants for the summer of the year of application, OR the academic year beginning in the September of that year and running through June of the following year.

Check our eligibility requirements to see if your organization or project is eligible for a grant.


Download Grant-writing Tips


Submitting a Grant Application

Applications must be received by 5:00 pm on February 2nd, 2018.

Episcopal Charities has a user-friendly, online application system. Get started by creating an account and accessing the application (available December 15, 2017). All necessary attachments should be uploaded through the online application. A return email will be sent automatically to confirm receipt of the application.

Optional webinars are available on the following dates to train applicants in filling out the online application form. Register here.

• Wednesday, December 14th, 10am
• Thursday, December 15th, 6pm
• Monday, December 19th, 12:30pm
• Tuesday, December 20th, 3pm

If you experience technical difficulties completing the application, or need additional assistance, email ecprograms@dioceseny.org or call 212-932-7354. We will respond within 1 business day.

If necessary, applicants may save a draft of their application and return to complete it. However, please note that access to the application will automatically shut off at 5:00pm on Friday, February 2nd. We will not be able to accept applications beyond that time.


Application Assistance

Episcopal Charities requires that first-time applicants attend an orientation session. Register for one of our orientation sessions. Topics covered include:

• Overview of our grant‐making process
• Eligibility
• Grant application walk‐through
• Grants Management

Frequently asked questions are addressed here.

Our staff can arrange to review a draft of your application several weeks before the deadline. This review will help you revise the proposal, if needed, and submit a complete application. However, this staff review does not guarantee that your proposal will be funded.

Contact Leeanna Varga, Director of Programs for assistance at lvarga@dioceseny.org or 212-316-7426.