Hope for Youth Fund

The Hope for Youth Funding Opportunity aligns with Seattle Parks and Recreation's mission to provide welcoming and safe opportunities to play, learn, contemplate and build community, promote responsible stewardship of the land, and promote healthy people, a healthy environment, and strong communities. 

2022 Hope for Youth Funding

Seattle Parks and Recreation has allocated $42,000 for the 2022 Hope for Youth fund to increase access to athletic, recreational, and positive youth development activities. Hope for Youth's primary purpose is to support youth sports organizations that serve marginalized and economically distressed communities. The funds are intended to offset the cost of participation and provide opportunity for youth to engage in sports and fitness programs. Of the total amount, $25,000 is allocated to youth sports organizations. The additional funds are open to both youth sports and other youth recreation programs providing positive youth development opportunities.    

Organizations can apply for up to $3500. Funds will be reimbursed after completion of the program and suibmission of all required documentation. Please view this informational video for answers to many of your questions, and read the guidelines below before applying.

Deadline to apply: Thursday, April 14, 2022


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
  • Provide activities or services for youth ages 11-19 that will be completed by 12/1/2022
  • Be in good fiscal standing with the City of Seattle (no outstanding debts or grants)

Guidelines and Application

Applicants must read the complete guidelines, which include all information on the process, proper application, funding uses, rating criteria, required documentation if awarded, reporting and more.

Applications can be completed and submitted at seattlepark.gosmart.org 

Need more info? Please view the Information Session video for answers to many of your questions.


  • Applications available: Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at 7:00AM
  • Applications Due: Thursday, April 14, 2022, at 11:59PM
  • SPR Grants Team Review April 1-6, 2022
  • Committee Review: April 8-29, 2022
  • Awards Announced: second week of May 2022
  • Contracts completed during May & June 2022

Questions? Please contact:

Kathleen Gantz
Grants, and Inclusive Outreach & Engagement
(206) 386-4671

Shalandra Shippentower
Grants & Contracts Specialist
(206) 856-4492

Past Awardees*

(*Due to the pandemic funding for 2020 and 2021 was not distributed.)

2019 Awardees:
Aaron Brooks Foundation
Beacon Hill Youth Soccer
Bike Works
Boys and Girls Club
Brave Pride Jr. Football
Central Area Parents and Coaches Association
Coyote Central
El Centro de la Raza
Story Garden - Dragons FC
Marvin Thomas Memorial Fund
Rain City Rock Camp for Girls
Sail Sand Point
Skate Like a Girl
Solid Ground, WA

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