Each year, AAACF's Youth Council awards $100 Mini-Grants to area fifth grade students to support their own community service projects.
There are no strict guidelines or requirements - only that students leverage AAACF's funds with their own time, talents, and creativity to meet a specific community need.
Mini-grants offer young students a deeper understanding of our community's needs and the power of philanthropy. Students develop their own service project, research a specific community need, prepare a project plan, and use the funding to carry out their vision.
Mini-grants have helped support a wide array of service projects including: creating special care packages for children at SafeHouse Center, buying supplies for the Humane Society, planting a special garden at school, providing toiletries and supplies for the Delonis Center, or creating special games and books for patients at Motts Childrens Hospital.
Each Spring Youth Council hosts a reception to celebrate the students' projects. Students have the opportunity to showcase their projects and share what they have learned with teachers and parents.
For more information, please contact Youth Council Advisor Chris Lemon.