Grants & Initiatives

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The Arlington Youth Philanthropy Initiative (AYPI) is a group of students from area high schools who are committed to making a difference in Arlington through youth grants for nonprofits. These community-minded teens recruit and mentor peers to develop youth-led projects that impact our community. The youth-led AYPI Board makes decisions on grants to fund these youth-initiated projects, and works to preserve and grow the Fund for Youth Philanthropy.

Arlington Youth Philanthropy Initiative (AYPI) is offering grants for sustainable, youth-led projects that make a difference in the community.

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How You Can Get Involved

Join AYPI!

If you are interested in joining, contact us at

Submit a Preliminary Application!

Fill out this form and email it to for consideration. Grant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with priority consideration for funding given to those received by February 15th, 2021. Students will also be asked to submit a more detailed Action Plan and make a presentation to the Youth Board, following the acceptance of a Preliminary Application. We will work with students to make this process as streamlined as possible and help them to develop and refine their project ideas.

Meet the Board! (2020-2021)

Adult Sponsors: Susan Duke and Kirby Clark

Full-Board Members

Sophie, AYPI Chair
Sameen, AYPI Vice Chair
Amina, Outreach Committee Co-Chair
Lara, Outreach Committee Co-Chair
Charlotte, Oversight/Management Chair
Annie, Fundraising/Sustainability Chair
Caroline, Full-Board Member
Ally, Full-Board Member
Christoph, Full-Board Member
Bronwen, Full-Board Member

Committee Members

Outreach Committee Members:
Ben, Temuulen, Rugia, Nylah

Oversight/Management Committee Members:
Gaston, Thomas, Lily, Monira

Fundraising/Sustainability Committee Members:
Paul, Harrison, Madi, Afrin

Past Projects

What are you passionate about? What drives you? Do you see any problems in the community that you can fix?

Monumental Films – Film documentaries on issues of interest to the Arlington Community

Steps for College Success – Workshop preparing students for the college application process, including a financial aid session

Community Action Team for Teens (CATT) – A clearinghouse matching those who want to do good work in the community with projects that need more person-power

Computers for a Cause – Refurbishes old computers and instructs those less knowledgeable about computers on how to use them

Application Process

  1. Preliminary Application – To determine if an organization is eligible to receive funding, a Preliminary Application is filed. The project must be youth-led, is sustainable, and impacts Arlington (by engaging Arlington students and/or being implemented in Arlington). To fill out the preliminary application, click here.
  2. Action Plan – Once the Youth Board determines if the eligibility requirements are met, the applicants will be asked to fill out a detailed Action Plan which provides details about the project’s sustainability (finances), budget, timeline/plan. Project team told to select an adult ally and show research about other projects doing similar work in the area.
  3. Presentation – Final stage is presentation to youth board where the board can assess your plans for after graduation, your enthusiasm, depth of your venture plan, and will review whether you can serve as a good role model to others in the community. Since our grant money is paid by the Fund for Youth Philanthropy, grantee is requested to provide a follow up report after 9 months.

For more information, please contact us at or follow us @_aypi on Instagram.