Fund for Columbia County - Bridging the Gap: School to Work

Fund for Columbia County - Bridging the Gap: School to Work

Grant Guidelines


In late 2019 and early 2020, the Fund for Columbia County was planning a county-wide convening to explore school-to-work gaps and opportunities. That event would have included the launch of a new round of grants. While that convening is still on the horizon in 2022, the fund is moving ahead with targeted grant opportunities in 2021. In this grant cycle, the fund will seek innovative projects and services that support high school and college-age youth in making a successful transition from school to work. 


Nonprofits, schools and colleges are invited to apply for projects engaging youth ages 12-18.


Potential areas of interest for these projects include:

  • School year and summer field experiences including work-based learning, internships, apprenticeships and extended job shadows
  • Entrepreneurial programming and opportunities
  • Programs that build industry-specific work skills and experiences, with associated certificates
  • Platforms to encourage and mentor youth-designed and youth-led initiatives that foster workplace skills
  • School-based programs that support students in maintaining individualized learning plans, including specific career/work readiness skill development and experiences

Funding may be requested for a new program or enhancement/expansion of an existing program. Preference will be given to programs or projects that increase the acquisition of universal working skills, applicable to all levels of future employment opportunities. Awarded programs will either demonstrate a quantifiable increase in the number of students served or an enhancement and/or expansion in the amount of services provided. The fund is particularly interested in approaches that have a deep level of individual engagement with youth to increase the likelihood of successful completion of the proposed program or project.  

Although the fund recogniz that lack of transportation is a common and significant barrier to youth engagement, it cannot consider requests for the purchase of vehicles. It will consider projects that have transportation costs as a portion of the overall budget (e.g. taxi rides or bus fares).   


The fund anticipates a limited number of grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000. Multi-year grants for larger amounts will be considered.


Please send a letter of intent by email to by Aug. 15, 2021. The letter should briefly outline the project and indicate the amount of funding needed.


  • The fund will invite full applications from selected organizations by Sept. 1, 2021
  • Full applications must be completed by Sept. 30, 2021
  • Awards will be distributed by Nov. 1, 2021

Additional Fund for Columbia County Grant Opportunities


$10,000 to $25,000

Multi-year grants for larger amounts will be considered


Letters of intent are due Aug. 15

How to Apply

Send a letter of intent by email to