Hope For Youth Guidelines and Eligibility

Hope for Youth

Seattle Parks and Recreation has allocated $42,000 for the 2017 Hope for Youth fund to increase access to recreational, athletic, and positive youth development activities by providing administrative and scholarship support to youth serving organizations in the Seattle area. The area of focus is supporting youth sports organizations serving marginalized and economically distressed communities to defray the cost of participation. Established youth serving, sports organizations may apply for funding to support administrative costs such as league fees, officials’ fees, insurance, field fees, membership costs, etc. Funding will not cover staff fees, payroll, office rental space, equipment rental. Uniforms, t-shirts, or sports equipment to be used year-to-year cannot be purchased with Hope for Youth funds.


To apply for Hope for Youth funds you must: 

*Be a non-profit agency (501c3) or be represented by a fiscal sponsor with non-profit status 

*Serve youth ages 11-19 

*Provide activities or services that will be completed by December 15 of the current calendar year 

*Be in good fiscal standing with the City of Seattle (no outstanding debts or grants)

*Apply for funds not exceeding $3,500


*Applications can be completed and submitted at seattleparks.gosmart.org 

*Applications must be completely filled out and signed 

*Representatives of all partner agencies must sign the application 

*Paper applications are available upon request 

*A panel made up of representatives from Seattle Parks and Recreation and the community will read and rate all proposals


Information Session: April 8, 2017 at Garfield Community Center 11:00AM-12:00PM 

Applications available: April 17, 2017 

Applications Due: May 19, 2017 by 12PM

Committee Review: May 22-26, 2017 

Awards Announced: week of June 12, 2017 

Contracts completed during July 2017

Rating Criteria

The panel of representatives will evaluate all application based on the following criteria: 

*Description of community impact and increased participation 

*Target of youth ages 11-19 

*Increased participation of youth/teens in the program above current levels 

*Serves low-income and/or immigrant and refugee youth 

*Identification of the intended results or benefits to participants and explains how program staff will know if participants have achieved the results and/or gained these benefits 

*An established partnership with another youth service agency or organization that will provide additional resources and/or new opportunities for youth participants 

*Increased regular and on-going participation in sport or structured recreation activities 

*Eliminates or addresses barriers to participation in sport or structured recreation activity.


Organizations awarded Hope for Youth funds must complete and submit: 

*Original receipts of all paid administrative costs reported for reimbursement 

*Verification Report in order to receive funding. Reports with columbs marked “unknown” will not be approved. 

*Outcome Report describing the benefits and/or results were achieved by participants and how these benefits/results were determined (i.e. youth and/or parent feedback, improved attendance, completion of a project, etc.)

*Reports need to be completed and submitted along with the request for reimbursement.

Fiscal Agent Responsibilities

The Hope for Youth fund is a reimbursement program. The organization or its sponsor submitting the proposal will be the fiscal agent for the contact. This involves oversight of the program, preparation of any documentation that must be signed, monitoring the budget, approving the expenses and completing all required reporting documentation. Approved grant expenditures will be reimbursed to the grantee or fiscal sponsor.