New Canaan Community Foundation's Young Philanthropists Group announces the availability of $12,000 in grant funding.

The Young Philanthropists Fund program is an educational resource for high school-aged residents in New Canaan.

Students meet monthly to learn about the role of not-for-profit organizations in addressing community needs. The group's efforts culminate in an annual grantmaking effort. They also participate in a fundraising effort to support the program financially and learn about development challenges and philanthropic responsibility.

Each year, the students work together to select a specific area of interest, allowing them to target their grantmaking and have the greatest impact. This year, after hearing from local philanthropists Carol Bauer, Carolyn O'Brien and Jim Bach, the group selected education as its funding focus. With guidance from NCCF Executive Director Cynthia Gorey, the group seeks to make grants and support initiatives that have a significant impact on the quality of life for residents in the New Canaan community and surrounding areas.

Local nonprofit organizations may submit proposals by Jan. 3 for funding consideration for a wide range of educational programs, including early childhood efforts, college readiness, literacy, Science Technology Engineering Math programs, environmental awareness/education, special education, and general enrichment activities.

Approximately $12,000 will be given away, with average awards ranging from $1,000 to $2,500. All members of the committee will read the proposals and work collaboratively to make funding decisions as a group. The students will then present the grant award checks to the recipient organizations at a May philanthropy event hosted by NCCF.

For information, call 203-966-0231.

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