Hope for Youth

The Hope for Youth Funding Opportunity aligns with Seattle Parks and Recreation's mission to provide welcoming and safe opportunities to play, learn, contemplate and build community, promote responsible stewardship of the land, and promote healthy people, a healthy environment, and strong communities. 

Seattle Parks and Recreation's annual Hope for Youth Fund increases access to recreational, athletic, and positive youth development activities by providing administrative and scholarship support to youth-focused organizations in the Seattle area that serve marginalized and economically distressed communities in the city of Seattle. Youth sports and youth development programs serving within the City of Seattle are eligible to apply for the fund.


To apply for Hope for Youth you must:

  • Be a non-profit agency with a 501c3 or have a fiscal sponsor with a 501c3
  • Serve youth ages 11-19
  • Provide activities or services that will be completed by December 1, 2019
  • Be in good fiscal standing with the City of Seattle 


Seattle Parks & Recreation allocated $42,000 for the 2019 Fund. Of that, $25,000 must be awarded to sports programs and/or organizations Organizations can apply for funds up to $3,500. Organizations are reimbursed after the completion of the program, and are required to submit all receipts and proof of expense documents. Invoices are due 30 days from the end of the program or by December 13, 2019 - whichever comes first.

Funding Uses


  • Scholarships
  • League Fees
  • Officials Fees
  • Insurance
  • Field Fees
  • Membership Costs

Not Allowed:

  • Staff Fees
  • Office Space Rental
  • Office upkeep, supplies, bills
  • Equipment Rental
  • Uniforms
  • T-shirts Sports Equipment used year-to-year  


  • Applications available- Friday, March 1, 2019
  • Applications Due- Sunday, March 31, 2019 by 11:59PM
  • Committee Review- April 1-26, 2019
  • Awards Announced- Week of May 6, 2019
  • Contracts Completed- May & June 2019
  • Deadline for completing program- December 1, 2019
  • Deadline for all reports, receipts and paperwork- December 13, 2019

Past Awardees

2018 Awardees:

2017 Awardees:
Aaron Brooks Foundation Beacon Hill Youth Soccer
Associated Recreation Council Bike Works
Beacon Hill Youth Soccer Cascade Bicycle Club
Bike Works El Centra de la Raza
Boys and Girls Club Horn of Africa Services
DragonsFC The Pocock Foundation
Horn of Africa Services Marvin Thomas Memorial Fund
Marvin Thomas Memorial Fund Sail Sand Point
Rain City Rock Camp Seattle Youth Recreation Foundation
Sail Sand Point Solid Ground
SeaTown Volleyball United Outreach
Solid Ground Youth in Focus