Youth Advisory Committee

In 2018, the Fairfield County Foundation established its first Youth Advisory Committee to empower Fairfield County high school students through leadership and community service. Members gain real-world experience in overseeing financial and human resource components of a new grant cycle for youth projects.

The first committee meeting launched in December 2018 with meetings scheduled throughout the year. Discussion themes have included the fundamentals of philanthropy, nonprofit organizations and grant processes. Each meeting will focus on topics directly related to philanthropy.

Juniors and seniors from schools across Fairfield County make up the 12-person committee. Schools represented include Fisher Catholic High School, Fairfield Union High School, Berne Union High School, Fairfield Christian Academy, Lancaster High School, Pickerington Central High School and Liberty Union High School. Current committee members will serve for one school year with the juniors being asked to participate the following school year and new juniors being asked to join for the 2019-2020 school year. Committee members are chosen by the Foundation based on recommendation of high school counselors.

The Youth Advisory Committee and the Foundation’s Board of Trustees have launched the first Youth Project Grant Cycle with $10,000 to support youth efforts in Fairfield County. The committee will manage submission reviews, complete site visits, and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees. Nonprofits may apply for grant dollars beginning on February 1, 2019 through March 15, 2019.

If you are a 501(c)(3) serving Fairfield County with a youth-related project, you can review the guidelines and application below. Applications are due into our office by March 15, 2019. Final grant award decisions will be made by the middle of May. If you have any questions about the process, please contact our office today.

Youth Advisory Committee Grant Application

Youth Advisory Committee Grant Guidelines