Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some frequently asked questions. Please feel free to email grants@generationOn.org or call Elise Henson at 917-746-8161 with any other questions.
- 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.
- How many grants are you giving out?
One Youth Tour participant per state represented. You could be the one in your state!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Call Elise Henson at 917-746-8161 or email grants@generationOn.org.