City of Boston Announces the Availability of Two Grant Programs to Support Our City's Youth and Young Adults

Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Police Commissioner William G. Gross, and Chief Marty Martinez of the Mayor’s Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with City Council President Andrea Campbell have announced the availability of $500,000 in two separate grant programs to help support positive programming to support our city’s youth and young adults. 

“Our neighborhood based, youth serving partners help us every day to create thriving and healthy communities. And with this opportunity we say thank you, as it is our pleasure and honor to be able to work with, and support such amazing organizations in their mission to keep our youth safe and resilient”.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh

“For the Boston Police Department, this opportunity supports our community policing mission, as it provides desperately needed resources to the partners that help us keep youth safe every day. We look forward to working closely with those that are awarded these funds, so that we may continue building trust with our neighborhood partners in creative and empowering way”. 

William G. Gross

“An opportunity such as this will enable the City of Boston’s Health and Human Services Department to support those who support us, in ways that will ultimately benefit youth and young adults from our neighborhoods - become healthy, skilled, and productive members of Boston’s future”.  

Marty Martinez, Chief, Health and Human Services, City of Boston

These two grants are the Positive Youth Development Fund and the Young Adult Development Fund: 

  1. The Positive Youth Development Fund has been designed to increase the number and variety of youth development programs available to Boston youth, ages 6 to 18, and up to 21. The goal of this funding is to ensure that youth have access to fun and safe opportunities for enrichment and personal development. This year's funding is $400,000 and will be awarded to 16 recipients at $25,000 per award.  


  1. The Young Adult Development Fund, a new program, has been created to support young men and women ages 25 and older, in their pursuit of job readiness, training and placement skills - needed to become productive, employed and successful residents of the City of Boston. This year's funding is $100,000 and funds will be awarded to an estimated 4 recipients at $25,000.00 per award.  No match funds are required for either grant. 

The RFP for the Positive Youth Development (ages 2-18, up to 21) can be found at:

The RFP for the Young Adult Development Fund (ages 25 & older) can be found at:

  • Proposals due no later than 12:00 Noon (EST) on Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 

  • Award notifications will be made on Friday, October 18th, 2019

If interested in applying, please click on the links above to follow instructions. Eligible applicants include non-profit community-based agencies.  City of Boston agencies are not eligible to apply.