Funding Interests

Preference will be given to organizations that:

  • Serve troubled youth between the ages of 11-18, with a priority for programs that focus on youth between the ages of 11-15
  • Focus on preventing youth involvement in the criminal justice system, or provide long-term rehabilitation in a residential or alternative setting.
  • Provide comprehensive support services to youth that may include education, job training, enrichment activities, counseling and case management.

Proposals that fall outside of the Foundation’s guidelines will be considered at the discretion of the Directors.

Geographic Focus

The Foundation funds programs and organizations that work with at-risk youth within the United States, its possessions, and territories, or operated within Native American tribal lands. Requests for programs outside those geographies will not be considered.

Type of Support

General operating, capital and capacity-building

The typical grant size will be between $5,000 and $40,000. Grants outside of this range will be considered at the discretion of the Directors.


Organizations must be classified by the Internal Revenue Service as public charities and tax-exempt under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or federally recognized Native American Tribes.


Funding will not be provided for political campaigns, lobbying or fundraising activities, conferences or missionary work. Requests for endowment funding and direct support for individuals will not be accepted.   .

Application Process & Grant Cycle

The Foundation uses a letter of inquiry (LOI) process, and there is one (1) annual cycle. The Foundation Board meets once each calendar year, during the Summer, to make grant decisions. Letters of inquiry (LOIs) for each year should be submitted no later than February 28 of each year for consideration. LOI applicants will be notified whether they will be invited to submit a full application by mid-April.

UPDATE on June 1, 2018: Prior to the 2018-19 grant cycle (for grants to be made in summer 2019), the board has made a decision to step back and undertake strategic planning in order to focus the mission and giving of the Foundation. The Board will meet in early December 2018 to make key decisions and new guidelines will be issued after that time. We anticipate that new guidelines will be posted on or about January 1, 2019. Please feel free to revisit this page for updated information after that time. 

Until new guidelines are posted, no LOIs or applications will be accepted. If you have questions, please contact our Foundation administration team at 

Contact Information

Please email to:

Miki Akimoto, Sr. Vice President U.S. Trust Bank of America, Private Wealth Mgmt