National Grid launches $50K Youth Spaces competition

National Grid is offering $50,000 in grants for Long Island nonprofits to improve physical spaces that provide programs and services for local youth.

The Youth Spaces Competition was launched as part of National Grid’s ongoing Project C community commitment, according to a company statement. The local community will vote on a winner to receive a $25,000 grant to make the desired improvements and five runners up to each receive $5,000 grants for improvements to a youth-focused space, whether it be for equipment, facility renovations or other upgrades.

“National Grid is partnering with the Long Island community to provide resources for spaces dedicated to bringing young people together to inspire, uplift and create inclusive change,” Brian Sapp, National Grid’s director of External Affairs, said in the statement. “Through Project C, we partner with communities to build a better and more equitable future for our youth. Our enriching spaces program is a great opportunity to reward Long Island small nonprofits for the great work they do every day.”

Applicants have until March 1 to submit a brief application with a two-minute video explaining their project and why their organization deserves to win. To be eligible, the nonprofit must demonstrate a positive impact on youth in their community; identify a physically defined space in need of a refresh; and have a maximum of $2 million in organizational budget.

A committee of judges made up of National Grid employees and Long Island community leaders will select the six projects that closely align with the company’s Project C mission and values, especially as it relates to fighting for social and racial justice.

Click here for more information and to apply.

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