Apply for Youth Initiative Funding from By Youth For Youth for 2020 Programming

Due to COVID-19, BYFY will not meet during the 2020-2021 school year.

Join BYFY!

BYFY (By Youth For Youth) is a unique volunteer opportunity for youth to become leaders in the community. BYFY members are Dane County high school students who identify critical issues impacting their peers, establish funding priorities, review proposals, and recommend funding to support youth programs.

Apply for Youth Initiative Funding from By Youth For Youth for 2020 Programming

BYFY encourages Dane County student and youth-led initiatives to submit their funding proposals for the BYFY 2019-2020 funding period.

Co-led by United Way of Dane County, City of Madison, and UW-Madison Extension Dane County, BYFY is a committee of local high school students who will direct approximately $20,000 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.

Proposal Deadline

The proposal deadline is 11:59pm, Friday, January 17, 2020. Submit your proposal via the online form link below. You will need time to prepare your answers separately before entering them into the form. If you do not have computer access, please call Dani Crutcher at (608) 246-4370.

Purpose of the Request for Proposal (RFP)

By Youth For Youth (BYFY) is pleased to announce the availability of funding for youth initiatives in Dane County. Eligible projects will benefit youth in Dane County, and include youth in project planning, proposal writing, and project execution. (BYFY defines “youth” as being enrolled in school grades K-12.)

For 2019-2020, BYFY will prioritize projects that address the following priorities*:

  • Awareness and inclusion of racial and cultural identities
  • Physical and mental health resources and education
  • Youth transitions to post-high school options
  • Environmental issues
  • Food security and homelessness
  • Educational support and accessibility
  • LGBTQIA+ awareness

*BYFY recommends that project proposals correspond with at least one of the above priority areas to be considered for funding. However, proposals not meeting any priorities may still be considered.

Proposal Review

The BYFY Committee will review all proposals received by the deadline. Final recommendations are subject to approval by each sponsoring partner.

Maximum Grant Awarded: $3,000 for up to a one-year period.

Funding has been made available through United Way of Dane County, Dane County Youth Commission, and the City of Madison Community Development Division.

Grant Award Notification

Projects selected as grant award recipients will be notified in mid-April 2020, and will receive funds at the Awards Ceremony.

Awards Ceremony: Mid-April (likely April 20), 2020 at United Way of Dane County, 2059 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI.


Participants of funded projects will be required to share project outcome information by submitting a Post Project Report Form to BYFY in the fall of 2020. This information helps us track the effectiveness and success of BYFY-invested programs.

Background on By Youth For Youth

The BYFY Committee, comprised of Dane County high school students, provides young people the opportunity to become more involved in their community and have a direct impact on the issues that they’ve identified as important.

By Youth For Youth’s Mission Statement

  • Identify and support strategies and solutions that move us toward a desired vision for our community.
  • Distribute and ensure the effective use of BYFY dollars for the provision of services to meet identified needs of youth in the Dane County community.
  • Develop and enhance each committee member’s leadership skills and community volunteerism.
  • Keep kids safe and provide positive environments.

Project is by youth, and for youth:

      □    Project benefits K-12 youth in Dane County

      □    Youth included in…

            □          Project planning

            □          Proposal writing

            □          Project execution

      □    Project Proposal Form

            □          Project is clearly and concisely described.

            □          Proofread project proposal to check spelling and grammar.

□          Attach Post Project Report Form (if project was previously funded by BYFY)

By Youth For Youth is a collaborative project sponsored by the City of Madison Community Development Division, Dane County Youth Commission, United Way of Dane County, and UW-Madison Division of Extension Dane County.

Thank you to our partners!