Young Utahpreneurs Grant

 The Utah Afterschool Network, in collaboration with the Charles S. Mott Foundation, is offering mini-grants of up to $5,000 for the school-year and $3,000 for the summer to increase youth entrepreneurship opportunities for high school age youth in underserved communities through afterschool and summer learning programs across Utah. Organizations may apply for multiple programs that serve high school-age youth. You must submit one proposal and one budget per program. This funding will enhance current programs during the summer of 2021 and the fall of 2021. 

Utah is experiencing a technology boom and is often seen as one of the best states for business. Despite this growth, businesses report difficulty finding local talent to fill positions. We know afterschool programs can help fill this gap and provide opportunities for youth to develop 21st Century skills, including grit, resiliency, communication, and teamwork, and graduate from high school ready to solve problems and contribute to their communities. Awarded programs are encouraged to collaborate with their school districts (i.e. CTE programs), existing afterschool programs, and community partners when creating or enhancing their entrepreneurial programming. 

Programs that apply for this funding will be required to provide a match of 1:1. Matching dollars may include in-kind, cash, and/or other funding sources (i.e. foundation or corporate funding, staff time, etc.). If awarded, programs will receive the funding in one lump sum and will be required to participate in a mid-year check-in, submit an annual report, as well as participate in short student and staff surveys. Additional expectations are outlined below. 

Grant objectives:

  • Increase entrepreneurship opportunities in the out-of-school time space for high school students.
  • Increase the number of high school students in Utah exposed to entrepreneurship opportunities and programs. 
  • Impact Utah high school students’ entrepreneurial mindset.

Requirements & Expectations:

Qualifying afterschool programs must offer afterschool programs to high school age youth for a minimum of 4 days per week for at least 30 weeks during the school year. Qualifying summer programs must offer summer programs for a minimum of 4 days per week for at least 4 weeks during the summer. Organizations may apply for multiple programs and may apply for both a summer and school-year grant. You must submit one proposal and one budget per program, however, you can fill out one proposal if you are applying for summer and school-year.

Programs must offer entrepreneurship programming a minimum of one day per week over at least 12 weeks afterschool and/or a minimum of 2 days per week over at least 4 weeks during the summer. Programs are not required to have an existing entrepreneurship component. The grant can be used to enhance current offerings. 

Length of grant:

Summer: May 3, 2021 - August 31, 2021

School Year: August 16, 2021 - Mid January 2022

Download the grant RFP for all details, requirements, and grant timeline.

pdfDownload RFP

You can also watch a recording and view slides from our grant meeting, on 3/24/2021 for a review of the grant and requirements.

View Grant Meeting

View Grant Meeting Slides

To Submit:

Download and complete the application form and submit via e-mail by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 23, 2021 addressed to: 

Kelly Riding at  

pdfApplication Form


Additional Documents and Resources:

Young Entrepreneurs Institute