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Grants for Teens



Cortos y Fuertes (Short and Strong) – video competition on immigration


Do Something Seed Grants

Are you working to start a community action project or program? Do you need money to put your ideas into action? If you answered, "YES!", you are eligible to apply for a Do Something Seed Grant. We give out a $500 Do Something every week to help young people just like YOU!

These grants can be used towards project ideas and programs that are just getting started, or to jump-start your program and realize your ideas for the first time. These grants can also be used towards projects that are already developed and sustainable, towards the next steps of your project and organization to help you as you look to expand your project and grow your impact.

Grant Details

How much?: $500
How many are you giving out?: One a week!
Deadline: None! Apply now! You will be notified whether or not you have won within 2-3 months after submission.


Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards           

Based on the Jewish concept of tikkun olam (“repairing the world”), the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards seek to recognize teens who are exceptional role models in their communities and beyond.

The Awards celebrate teens who have demonstrated remarkable leadership and are actively engaged in projects which embody the values of tikkun olam. Teen projects may benefit the Jewish community or the general community.

Up to ten selected teens, five from California and five from other communities across the country, will each be acknowledged for their visionary actions with an award of $36,000, to be used to further their philanthropic work or their education.


The United States Senate Youth Program, established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. The annual program will be held in Washington, D.C., from March 8 – 15, 2014.


The rules of the annual FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship are simple: In 2013, we ask you to tell us about the community that you know best. Submit a blog about your community -- where you live, or a place you identify with -- and why tourists should visit there.  What is the first thing you would show them?  What are some interesting cultural, historical or fun attractions people should see? Who should they meet? What should visitors do, try, taste or listen to when there? Use words plus images and/or video to share your community with travelers. Your travel blog can be funny, serious or contemplative, as long as it's informative. 

·  Applications will be accepted between April 15, 2013 and July 22, 2013.

·  Applicants must be ages 13-18 and attending grades 8-12 as of June 28, 2013.

·  First Place: $1,000             Second Place: $500             Third Place: $200


Discus Awards

Applying to college can be overwhelming. Luckily, it's easy to nominate yourself or someone you know for Discus Awards recognition. Just pick three areas of excellence, make your case for each in under 800 characters - you can even spice it up with images and video—boast about all your amazing activities and achievements, and submit online. Students can nominate themselves or their friends, and teachers, counselors, and parents can nominate a student they know. Discus Awards Finalists are one of a kind, and the recognition makes a great addition to your college application and grants you access to a unique portfolio of college scholarships.