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The Chaffee County Youth Alliance (CCYA), a community-based prevention program that promotes positive youth development, is offering its fourth annual mini-grant application for community organizations working with youth across Chaffee County.

CCYA plans to distribute a total of $7,500 in grant funding in 2021 ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 per grant award to support projects and programs focused on Positive Youth Development (PYD) in Chaffee County.

Grant timeline and parameters are as follows:

  • Application Deadline is 5:00 p.m. on March 22
  • The decision date is April 5
  • Award expenditure deadline is June 30
  • Projects must demonstrate that they are created, designed and led by youth in Chaffee County
  • Submission of an end of project report is required.

If the grant application is for an existing program, the proposed project/program must demonstrate a component authentically created and led by youth. Organizations that received mini grants previously can be considered again as long as the proposed project or program meets grant requirements. Grants awarded will be equally considered between Buena Vista, Salida and other areas of the County.

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As defined by the federal Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs, Positive Youth Development “is an intentional, prosocial approach that engages youth in a manner that is productive and constructive; recognizes, utilizes, and enhances young people’s strengths; and promotes positive outcomes for young people by providing opportunities, fostering positive relationships, and furnishing the support needed to build on their leadership strengths.”

A past example of a project funded by CCYA through the mini-grant program was the “Sister Mentors” program created by elevateHER. The program was designed by teens with the idea to gradually build the outdoor leadership skills of a subset of participants who would then serve as peer mentors to help other girls in the elevateHER programs. The program was successfully implemented in June of 2020.

Applications can be accessed by clicking here, or by contacting Andrea Schulz-Ward at or Dibby Olson at