Youth Program Eligibility + Criteria + How to Apply


Applicants must be based and conduct their work in one of these locations:

  • New York City (Five Boroughs)
  • State of Rhode Island
  • San Francisco/Bay Area: Counties of San Francisco, Marin, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Solano, and Contra Costa counties. In Santa Clara County, organizations only in the City of San Jose, and in San Mateo County only organizations in East Palo Alto, are eligible.


Applicants must be a legally registered 501(c)(3) organization or have a fiscal sponsor.

Budget size

Applicants must have an operating budget of less than $2 million. This applies only to the applicant’s budget, not the fiscal sponsor.

Youth Focus + Agency

The primary focus of the applicant’s work must be on young people, which we define as around 26 years of age or under. Applicants must demonstrate that young people hold some level of power and agency within the organization, and that the organization is accountable to young people.


Applicants must be led by and for the communit(ies) that are the focus of the organization’s work. This means community members must hold key leadership positions and have decision-making authority. Organizations led by and for people of color; migrants and refugees in communities of color, regardless of documentation status; binary and non-binary, transgender and gender non-conforming people; formerly incarcerated people; people affected by the child welfare system; and low-income people are strongly encouraged to apply.

We also seek organizations with leadership practices that put people first and value the health and well-being of staff. Organizations with alternative models of leadership (e.g. co-executive directors, co-operatives, etc.) are welcome to apply.


We will prioritize applicants that are mobilizing and engaging communities in healing, building collective power, and systemic change via one or more of the following strategies:

  • Movement-building & Networks
  • Advocacy
  • Grassroots organizing
  • Individual transformation

Values + Inclusivity

We will prioritize organizations that bring a deep understanding of how multiple systems of oppression affect their community, specifically: racism, white supremacy and anti-Blackness; class inequity; gender-based oppression, including against binary and non-binary, transgender and gender non-conforming people; and xenophobia, racist rhetoric and dehumanization of people migrating to the United States.

Community Solutions

We will prioritize applicants that uplift the talent, brilliance and solutions in their communities. We seek to fund organizations that understand and work to address the oppressions and root causes of obstacles faced by communities striving to live their lives as they choose, and with dignity.

What We Will Not Fund

  • Current PHF grantees are not eligible to apply at this time.
  • Organizations with a budget over $2 million.
  • Organizations not led by their constituency. Community involvement or input is insufficient; applicants must demonstrate that the community served by their work has decision-making power over the work.
  • Organizations that are not focused on young people.
  • Direct services that seek individual transformation without building agency and collective power or working towards systemic change.

To Apply:

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  • For more information and a walkthrough of how to use the application portal, watch this webinar.
  • Application portal open: Thursday, September 19, 2019 9AM EST
  • Deadline for applications: Thursday, October 24, 2019 8PM EST
  • Questions:
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    • Email Penny Fujiko Willgerodt or Zanny Love at with questions.
    • Please note due to staff limitations, we are unable to accept phone calls.

Click here to access the application questions in a Word document format.

(Please note that applicants will still need to complete and submit the application in the portal linked above)