Youth In Service Fund Mission

To provide grant resources for qualified community-based organizations to develop and implement youth-led community service projects.


What is the Youth In Service Fund?

The Youth In Service Fund was established in 1996 by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. Its purpose is to support community service projects developed by young people and to involve youth in community decision-making and philanthropy. These grants provide a wide range of opportunities for community service for youth up to age 18.


Important Dates and Application

Applications for Cycle I of the 2014 Youth in Service Fund

Important Dates for Cycle I of the 2014 Youth in Service Fund


Who qualifies for the grant?

Groups of youth up to age 18 who want to make a difference may apply for a community service grant. Each youth group must have a sponsor organization, such as a church, school or community agency.


Grants are made to non-profit, federally funded tax-exempt organizations created under the laws of the state of Wisconsin. Grants are made in the four county regions of Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington.


Grant Decisions

Grants are awarded throughout the year.  Once applications are received, the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) arranges brief interviews with youth planners for the proposed service project.  After the interviews, YAC members make recommendations to the Lead2Change board of directors for final approval. The YAC selects projects that they believe best exhibit youth leadership and fully meet grant guidelines.


After a grant is awarded, members of the YAC conduct site visits to see the project in action.  Youth Planners are also required to conduct an evaluation of the project using the final report form.


It is also important that the Lead2Change’s grant program be mentioned in all promotional materials. This helps to make other young people (who may not be directly involved in your project) aware that youth are making a difference in the greater Milwaukee area.


Youth in Service Fund (YISF)

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