Call for Applications Kicks-Off YES Program’s 21st Year

Ent Credit Union is inviting Colorado nonprofits to apply online for a 2021 Youth Endowment Series (YES) grant by Friday, March 12, 2021. $200,000 in YES grants will be awarded statewide with winning submissions announced in early June.

Established in 2000, the Youth Endowment Series has awarded more than $1.4 million to nonprofits that help improve the lives of Colorado youth. Last year, 44 agencies or organizations received a YES grant. Applications are evaluated by a volunteer panel of Ent employees based on the organization’s general benefit to the community, potential ability to use the grant to obtain additional funds and degree of current community support, among other criteria. Submissions may address any focus area pertinent to Colorado youth and organizations should request an amount consistent with the impact, reach and expected expenses associated with their program.

With Ent’s recent growth across the Front Range, grant applications will be open to 501(c)(3) nonprofits who serve the entire state of Colorado or any of the individual communities Ent serves. A list of Ent service centers is available at ent.com.

“We know the financial stress that many organizations have been feeling over the past year is real and we are hopeful that our annual YES grants will be able to help young people across Colorado,” said Nicole Bayna, Ent Emerging Development Leader. “Those same organizations and agencies have responded to these challenges in innovative and impactful ways that Ent looks forward to recognizing and rewarding.”

Interested nonprofits can learn more and apply at Ent.com/YESGrants