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Exciting Service Project Grant Opportunity Available for Adams County Students Ages 14 to 24


The Adams County Community Foundation (ACCF) is seeking applications for grants from the Shirley Smith Youth Service Fund.  Grants will help the applicants cover up to 75% of the cost of a service project or mission work.

The grants are available to young people ages 14 to 24 residing in Adams County, PA participating in local, national or international service projects overseen by churches, schools or nonprofits.

Projects may be associated with a wide variety of organizations including Youth Groups, Scouting, 4-H, High School or Colleges.  These projects may be done in hospitals, nursing homes, veterinarian facilities, homeless shelters, or any community space. Service projects should help people, animals or an entire community. They could provide disaster relief and include church mission teams and humanitarian outreach. Grants may also be awarded for training seminars or conferences for youth to be equipped to serve. 

Eligible youth must submit a completed application to ACCF to include:

  1.  The sponsoring nonprofit or organization
  2.  A project description
  3.  Applicant’s motivation for participating in or creating the project.
  4.  The applicant’s total project cost, or participation fee, and plans to raise the amount for which the applicant is responsible.

The Shirley Smith Youth Service Fund Committee will review applications quarterly. Awards will be made to the sponsoring charitable organization (not the youth) and serve as the “last dollar” source for the project or participation cost. The Fund will only consider an award after the applicant has secured at least 25% of the cost through other funding sources.

Click here to learn more about the Shirley Smith Youth Service Fund grant opportunity.

For additional information, contact Lisa Donohoe, Director of Community Programs, Adams County Community Foundation (

This grant opportunity is offered and administered by the Adams County Community Foundation.