Apply for Youth Grants for Global Youth Service Day Projects

Youth Service America (YSA) is searching for Heartwarming Young Heroes with creative ideas to foster meaningful connections, promote inclusion, and teach empathy. With support from Hershey’s Heartwarming Project, YSA will award up to $50,000 in grants for youth-led service projects and community-building activities during Global Youth Service Day (April 28-30, 2023).

All youth ages 5-25 in the United States (including U.S. territories and military bases & DoD schools) and Canada are eligible to apply.

Focus Areas

We’re looking for ideas straight from your heart that build meaningful connections and create more inclusive, empathetic, and kind communities. Suggested project focus areas include:

  • Promoting Inclusion
    • Celebrating Diverse Cultures
    • Building Racial Equity
  • Teaching Empathy
    • Creating a Kinder Community
    • Protecting Mental Health
  • Fostering Meaningful Connections
    • Building Intergenerational Relationships
    • Addressing Social Isolation
  • You can propose a project with a different focus as long as it has building empathy, inclusivity, kindness, and/or connection as one of its goals.

Grant Options

  • $100 Miniature-Size Grant – for small family-and-friends-sized activities
    (required to engage at least 10 youth participants as volunteers)
  • $250 Standard-Size Grant – for medium-size group/club/classroom activities
    (required to engage at least 25 youth participants as volunteers)
  • $500 King-Size Grant – for larger community-wide activities
    (required to engage at least 50 youth participants as volunteers)


  • Plan a youth-led service project or community-building activity for Global Youth Service Day.
  • Engage at least 10, 25, or 50 other youth participants (volunteers) depending on grant size.
  • Be located in and project take place in the United States (including U.S. territories and military bases & DoD schools) or Canada.
  • Register your GYSD activity by April 2 and complete a post-project impact report by June 2.

Application Deadline

  • The application deadline is Sunday, March 5 at 11:59pm your local time.
  • Applicants will be notified of status the week of March 20.


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