Affiliate Funds

Youth Fund

Affiliate Funds:

Fostering a Culture of Philanthropy in the Classroom and Beyond

Led by the vision and generosity of past Board Chair, Benjamin Norton, Community Foundation Directors established the Youth Fund in April of 1998. The Youth Fund comprises 8th through 12th graders from across Lorain County who meet monthly to learn about the Community Foundation, grantmaking, development, and issues affecting youth. The teens review their own grant proposals and make funding recommendations to the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors. 

Join the Youth Fund

The Youth Fund is currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Download this application and email it to

Service-Learning Grants

When the Youth Fund was entering its fifth year, Community Foundation staff felt strongly that its grantmaking should be more narrowly focused on the area of expertise of its members – the classroom. During the 2002-2003 school year, a request for Service-Learning grants was developed and the Youth Fund approved 34 projects totaling over $5,500 in grants. These Service-Learning grants continue today and allow educators throughout Lorain County to better their students, their schools, and their community.


invested in the community.

Our Impact

Donations to the Youth Fund allow local students to have an impact not only in their schools but also within their community. The learning opportunities presented during this experience fosters a life-long commitment to philanthropy and giving.

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Youth Fund Service-Learning Grants

The online application opens October 1.

Application Deadline: November 1
Board Decision: January

“Service-Learning” links community service (e.g. collecting food for the needy) to curriculum areas such as developing math skills, studying nutritional standards, researching social problems and impact of poverty.  Service-Learning Grants through the Youth Funds are available to Lorain County teachers in grades K-12. Grants will be awarded for Service-Learning projects to be completed in the current academic year. 

Youth Fund Board

Alexandra Avon
Amy Firelands
Annelise, President Wellington
Ayden, Vice President Elyria
Caleb Oberlin
Dylan Keystone
Evan Avon Lake
Hailey B., Secretary Open Door
Hailey S. Lake Ridge
Matthew Avon
Ramaya Elyria
Robert Brookside
Sakiya Amherst
Samuel North Ridgeville
Zachary Keystone


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youth have participated