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 can apply for up to two sites/programs that serve high school-age youth. This funding will enhance current programs during the summer of 2020 and the 2020-2021 school year. 

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 provide 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 can apply for up to two sites/programs.  

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 1, 2020 - August 30, 2020

School Year: August 1, 2020 - May 30, 2021

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

pdfDownload RFP

You can also watch a recording of our bidders meeting, on 1/13/20 for a review of the grant and requirements.

Bidders Meeting

To Submit:

Download and complete the application form and budget narrative and submit to  by February 21, 2020, at 5:00 pm.

pdfApplication Form

pdfBudget Narrative Form


Additional Documents and Resources:

Young Entrepreneurs Institute


pdfBidders Meeting Slides