Teen Enhancement Fund

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                                                                        Teen Enhancement 2018

                                                                                                                   Fund & Application Guidelines


Seattle Parks and Recreation is offering its annual Teen Enhancement Fund for 2018. This fund supports programs for youth ages 11-19 that contributes to Parks and Recreation’s outcomes of Healthy People, Healthy Environments, and Strong Communities. To apply for these funds, you must be a City of Recreation Department staff member.


Award Amount

The Teen Enhancement funds allocation has been changed for this year. Funds will be awarded to programs between the amount of $3,000 and $10,000. With this dollar amount change we will be funding fewer projects but providing the needed funding to complete a high-quality program.



Applications may be submitted by any City of Seattle Recreation department staff member representing a program or facility. A signed commitment form is required to be uploaded into the application to show your Center Coordinator or Unit Supervisor’s support for the project.


Professional Development

All applicants MUST participate in a mandatory professional development session to apply for the funds. If you are applying with a team of people please ensure that at least one individual from that team attends. The sign in sheet from that workshop will be compared to the applications to ensure that the application is eligible.



Youth Programs that Get Results: YPQ and Logic Model Development

Montlake Community Center                     or                     Van Asselt Community Center

March 15, 2018; 1:00-3:30PM                                            March 16, 2018; 10:00AM-12:30PM

Kiesha Cannon & Justin Hellier                                          Kiesha Cannon & Justin Hellier


An additional, optional, professional development opportunity is also being provided. Grant Writing & Development with Project Budget Development will be offered to support your program development and the process of writing the application.


Grant Writing & Development with Program Budget Development

Montlake Community Center

March 8, 2018; 1:00-3:00PM

Kathleen Gantz



Applications will be submitted online. Applications will open on March 12, 2018 at 7:00AM and must be submitted by Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 11:59PM. Applications must be completed at seattlepark.gosmart.org.


This fund supports youth programming (ages 11-19) that contributes to Seattle Parks and Recreation’s outcomes of Healthy People, Healthy Environment, and Strong Communities. All program proposals and applications need to be aligned with one or more of the following outcomes and program results:


Seattle Parks and Recreation Outcomes

Program Results

Healthy People

  • Young people increase their knowledge of health, nutrition, and fitness, and engage in healthier eating and increased physical activity.

Strong Communities

  • Young people learn and practice leadership, civic engagement, or other new skills (in the arts, entrepreneurship, or job readiness).


Healthy Environment


  • Young people increase their knowledge about the natural world and the urban environment, and help steward urban natural resources.


Applications will also ask for program information and description, logic model and YPQ development, commitment letter from Center Coordinator or Unit Supervisor, information on any partners that are included in the project, teen voice and inclusion in the development of the project, a project budget, and a project summary.


Two additional documents are required to be completed and uploaded into your application. Those documents can be found at the application website under the Teen Enhancement Fund. The first document is the Logic Model that must be completed in full. The second is the Application Agreement form that is to be signed by your Center Coordinator and/or Unit Supervisor.


Use of Funds

These funds are intended to provide new or additional programs for youth ages 11-19. These funds are not intended for capital projects. Please work with your Center Coordinator to ensure that you plan for all costs, including staffing, to ensure that projects will be able to be completed.


Examples of what these funds can be used for:

  • Program expenses
  • Staffing for project
  • Guest teachers/speakers
  • Field Trips


Rating Criteria

The program must do the following to be considered:

  • Clearly align with department outcomes (as listed above) and demonstrate that it will help participants achieve the program results.
  • Serve youth ages 11-19.
  • Include a logic model that clearly describes how program activities will help participants achieve results and must clearly describe how it will meet Youth Program Quality standards.
  • The program, all evaluation reports, and financial obligations must be completed prior to December 14, 2018.


Programs that include the following will be ranked higher for funding:

  • The program is establishing or building on a partnership with another youth serving agency, organization or community group.
  • The program includes youth voice in the development, application, and reporting.
  • The program will serve youth with limited financial means and/or those with limited opportunity to recreation programming.
  • The program will serve one or more of these historically marginalized communities:
    • Youth of color
    • Homeless youth
    • Immigrant and refugee youth
    • LGBTQIA youth
    • SYVPI enrolled youth
    • Youth with disabilities
    • Drop out/ re-entry youth


Panel Process

Applications will be reviewed and rated to determine who will receive funding for 2018.

  • First, applications will be reviewed by the leadership team to determine that program proposals meet all required qualifications.
  • Second, they will be reviewed by a team of City of Seattle staff and community members to rate the proposal based on a provided evaluation tool.
  • Third, they will go to a teen panel to be evaluated. The teen panel will be made up of youth from participants in Youth Councils.
  • Next, they will go back to the leadership team to finalize funding based on the ranking from both panels and a look at equity of funds across geographic areas and departments.




Applications open: Monday, March 12, 2018 at 7:00AM

MANDATORY Training: YPG & Logic Model Training

Optional Training: Grant Writing & Development with Project Budget Development

Applications CLOSE: Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 11:59PM

Panel Process: April 9-20, 2018

Notification of Funding: Week of April 30, 2018


Funding Responsibilities

If your program is selected for funding you will have mandatory responsibilities to ensure that funds are spent in full and project is completed by December 14 2018. All awardees will participate in a meeting that will include their supervisor and/or Center Coordinator along with Kathleen Gantz to go through budget and reporting requirements.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Meeting with supervisor and/or Center Coordinator to sign off on agreement forms to accept the funding.
  • Welcoming a YPQ site visit to the project.
  • Ensuring all funds are accounted for including proper coding of receipts and a short monthly budget report.
  • Ensuring all documentation is in order.
  • Ensuring participant surveys, progress report, and end of project report is done prior to the end of the year.
  • Ensuring that project is completed as awarded or working with fund lead if changes need to be made.
  • Reporting to fund lead if there are challenges that keep the project from being able to be completed.
  • Keeping the Center Coordinator and/or supervisor as well as their Geo/Unit Manager up to date on the progress of the project.
  • Reporting at future pay day meeting about the project, the process, and the outcomes.


If you have any questions or need any help contact 2018 fund lead:

Kathleen Gantz



Location: Westbridge