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Youth Development Volunteer Initiative Funding

In 2014, MSA established the Youth Development Volunteer Initiative (YDVI) to support youth-serving organizations across the Commonwealth. YDVI grantees use these funds to recruit, retain, manage and support increased numbers of volunteers.


2017-2018 Youth Development Volunteer Initiative Request for Proposals

Intent to Apply due Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - click here to submit!
Application Due: Friday, September 29, 2017 by 5:00 pm

The Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA) is pleased to release a Request for Proposals for its Youth Development Volunteer Initiative for the 2017-2018 program year. MSA values the critical role that youth-serving agencies and volunteers play in the development of the state's most vulnerable young people. 


"The [Youth Development Volunteer Initiative] program allowed us to build relationships with community partners and develop a strong base of dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers from which to draw for future youth programming."  

         - Emmaus, 2015-2016 Youth Development Volunteer Initiative grantee  


MSA seeks to award grants up to $10,000 to provide capacity-building opportunities to nonprofits and Volunteer Connector Organizations* to better engage volunteers in youth development programming by creating, or expanding and replicating promising models. MSA also seeks to support programming that engages youth as volunteers.


This funding will support: 

  1. The establishment of a new youth development program within a youth-serving agency or Volunteer Connector Organization (VCO)* that will utilize new or existing volunteers; or
  2. The expansion of a current youth development program within a youth-serving agency in order to serve a new population or geographic area not currently served by the program, while  increasing the number of youth served through the engagement of volunteers; or
  3. Enhancing the volunteer program through creation of systems and recruitment efforts to support new youth-serving volunteer positions impacting at-risk youth.

*Volunteer Connector Organizations include agencies that connect individuals with volunteer opportunities and support organizations in effectively using those volunteers to create meaningful change in local communities.


View a copy of the RFP here.

View the Budget Forms here.

Apply online here.


Click here to access the technical assistance webinar recording for the Youth Development Initiative.


For more information about YDVI, click here or contact Lisl Hacker, Director of Training and Technical Assistance, at lhacker@mass-service.org or (617) 542-2544 x205.

2016-2017 Youth Development Volunteer Initiative Grantees:

African Community Education Program
Community United Way of Pioneer Valley
Emmaus Inc.
Girls Inc. of Holyoke
Girls Inc. of Worcester
Mount Wachusett Community College (United Way Youth Venture Program)
Sharing the Harvest Community Farm, YMCA Southcoast
Silver Lining Mentoring


2015-2016 Youth Development Volunteer Initiative Grantees:

Boston Cares
Boston Partners in Education
Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster
Family Services of the Merrimack Valley
Girls Inc. of Holyoke
Old Colony Y
The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition

2014-2015 Youth Development Volunteer Initiative Grantees:

African Community Education Program
Center for Human Development/Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County
Children's Friend and Family Services
Homework House
House of Peace & Education
L.U.K. Crisis Center
Mass Mentoring Partnership
North Shore Community Development Coalition
The Food Project