The United States Department of Labor recently announced the awarding of YouthBuild grants for 2014. These grants are the major source of funding for YouthBuild programs across the country and this is an extremely competitive process. Generally, there are more than 500 applicants for about 75 grants. This year was an extremely successful one for programs in Massachusetts as a total of six programs were funded to five organizations currently running YouthBuild programs in the Commonwealth.
These awards cover two years of programming plus a year of follow-up and are capped at $1.1 million each. Massachusetts was tied with California for the most grants awarded. The following organizations were funded here:
Just-A-Start YouthBuild serving Cambridge and Chelsea
CTI YouthBuild Lowell
YouthBuild North Shore
Old Colony Y which operates YouthBuild Brockton and YouthBuild Fall River
The Massachusetts YouthBuild Coalition is very pleased that these quality programs were awarded funding to continue their mission to serve the young people in their communities.