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Grants support underserved youth

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A new grant program to support local, underserved youth has been launched by the Placer Community Foundation. The Youth Development Program will make grants ranging up to $5,000 to support positive youth development programs and services provided by a nonprofit organization. Other non-incorporated groups may apply as long as they are partnered with a qualified organization for fiscal management of the grant. Projects must serve youth ages 14 to 21 living along the western slope of Placer County. Up to 10 percent of requested funds may be used for indirect costs. Applications must be submitted electronically to www.placercf.org by 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24. Meetings to provide information about the application process will be held at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, at the Placer Community Foundation office in Auburn. To reserve a spot at either meeting, call (530) 885-4920. The grant program is jointly funded through the James Irvine Foundation and a giving circle of donors at the Placer Community Foundation. These groups believe that investing in the positive development of youth reduces the likelihood of problem behaviors such as violence, teen pregnancy, and the use of alcohol and other drugs. They also believe a youth development approach supports youth in acquiring the personal and social strengths needed for successful transition into adulthood, and that it is an approach that helps youth build strong relationships with others, learn new skills and give back to the community. The Placer Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to encourage philanthropy for the betterment of communities in the region. The assets of the Foundation are approximately $5 million. The Foundation builds a permanent collection of charitable gifts from a variety of sources, in amounts both large and small. The gifts are pooled and invested. Each year, earnings from the funds are returned to the community in the form of grants, scholarships, and other charitable distributions. – Staff report