Frequently Asked Questions

NRECA Youth Tour Grants

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions. Please feel free to email or call Elise Henson at 917-746-8161 with any other questions.

  1. What are the NRECA Youth Tour Grants and when is the application period?

Grants of $500 to help Youth Tour participants complete a volunteer service project in your community. The application period is June 17 - July 17, 2015.

  1. How many grants are you giving out?

One Youth Tour participant per state represented. You could be the one in your state!

  1. Am I eligible?

In order to apply you must:

  • Participate in the 2015 Youth Tour convened by the National Rural Electrical Cooperative Association in Washington, D.C.
  • Be between the ages of 14 and 18 years old at the time of application.
  • Have a U.S.-based nonprofit organizational partner (ex. school, community organization or local NRECA co-op) that will receive your grant funds and pass them on to you. Checks will be written to the organizational partner, NOT to individuals.
  1. What can I use the grant money for?

    To buy materials and/or services to complete your project. For example, you could use some of the money to print flyers, buy paint, or hire a DJ for a fundraiser. Please do not propose simply buying items to donate to others. Try to think of a hands-on project you can do.  

  2. What CAN'T I use grant money for?

    You cannot use grant money to fund travel or anything else not included within your submitted budget.

  3. What do I need to include in my application?

    You need to answer all the required questions on the application form. The questions cover:
  • Contact information for applicant and nonprofit partner (where we'll send the check).
  • A description of your proposed service project and how it will make an impact.
  • Budget for grant funds.

  1. What makes a good application?

A strong application provides detailed, clear answers to all the questions and convinces us that you are organized, passionate and ready with a plan and budget for a specific service project. 

  1. Can the project I propose be based on a project listed on generationOn?

Sure - just adapt it to your own interests or the needs of your community.

  1. Can the project I propose be an existing service opportunity?

Absolutely! This grant can be used to create a new service project or to futher your existing service work.

  1. Why do we have to have a supporting nonprofit organization?

We can't make out grant checks to individuals, so you must have a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that can receive your grant check on your behalf. Students must partner with a non-profit 501(c)(3) in order to receive access to the grant funds.  The 501(c)(3) will be responsible for disbursing the funds to the grantee for approved expenses related to their project.

  1. What kind of nonprofit organization can we list?

You can list your school, community organization, volunteer center, co-op, etc. Just make sure they are aware that you listed them and are prepared to pass along the grant funds for you once they receive the check.

  1. What do I need to include in my budget?

Your budget should include cost and quantity estimates for everything you propose buying with the grant money.

This might require doing a little research. For example, if you want to paint a mural but aren't sure how much a gallon of paint costs, check with your local hardware store or do some online research. That way, you can provide a detailed budget that lets us know you've put some thought into your project.

  1. What do I have to do if I get a grant?

If you get a grant, you have to do a service project and submit a grant report and project report by the deadline. That means you have to take photos of your project and write up a short write-up on what you did.

More questions?

Call Elise Henson at 917-746-8161 or email