Apply Now for Youth Initiative Funding from By Youth For Youth for 2018 Programming

BYFY is now accepting proposals for Dane County student and youth-led initiatives for the BYFY 2017-2018 funding period. Co-led by United Way of Dane County, City of Madison, and Dane County UW-Extension, BYFY is a committee of local high school students who direct funding to projects generated, planned and implemented by youth groups benefiting people across Dane County. Youth/youth groups can apply for up to $3,000 for a one year period. Proposals are due Friday, January 19, 2018. The 2017-2018 BYFY Request for Proposal can be downloaded here.
Each year, the BYFY committee sets funding priorities to meet the needs of youth in Dane County. The BYFY funding priorities for 2017-2018 are:

  • Education and Before & After School Programs
  • Youth Transitions from High School & Employment
  • Violence/Abuse Prevention
  • Racial Equity
  • Food Security & Homelessness
  • Mental Health & Addiction
  • LGBTQ+ Awareness & Gender Issues

You can also see a list of the 2016-2017 funded projects here.
By Youth For Youth is a collaborative project sponsored by the City of Madison Community Development Division, Dane County UW-Extension 4-H Youth Development, Dane County Youth Commission, and United Way of Dane County.
For questions about the 2017-2018 Request for Proposal, please contact Melanie Lucas at (608) 246-4381 or
About By Youth For Youth
BYFY is a unique volunteer opportunity for local youth to become leaders in the community. BYFY committee members are Dane County high school students who represent the youth community in identifying critical issues impacting their peers, establishing funding priorities, reviewing proposals, and recommending youth program funding. If you would like information about joining the 18-19 BYFY committee, please contact Brianna Stapleton Welch at (608) 224-3702 or, or fill out the google interest form at All Dane County high school students are encouraged to join BYFY, especially students of color and students outside of Madison.