DSYF Grant

Dwight Stuart Youth Fund

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Performing Arts Youth Development & Leadership After School /Summer Educational Programs Tutoring & Mentoring Literacy Sports & Athletics Visual Arts Academic Success & Enrichment Early Childhood Development Community Culture & Heritage Career/College Preparation Recreation Summer Camps Writing & Literature Education - Preschool / Early Learning Art Education Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Elementary / Secondary School, College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Los Angeles County, California

Location of residency: United States

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Dwight Stuart Youth Fund Grant

Originally established as an independent foundation in 2001, the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund (DSYF) was endowed by Dwight L. Stuart, Sr. (1924-1998) to benefit and serve the needs of children and youth in Los Angeles County. Since 2010, DSYF has been a grantmaking arm of the San Francisco-based Stuart Foundation. 

Our mission is to support organizations that provide direct services and experiences to underserved children and youth so they may gain the skills, values, and confidence to achieve their potential.

Funding Areas

Education Enrichment

This funding area supports and strengthens programs that provide a well-rounded education for youth. These include before-school, in-school, and after-school programs that enhance academic skills, expose and provide instruction in arts and culture, and allow youth opportunities to participate in new activities and a world beyond their communities. These programs help youth develop skills and knowledge regardless of ability and teach values such as respect, patience, self-discipline, integrity, tenacity, and teamwork.

Programs Include:

  • Sports and Recreation
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Cultural Enrichment
  • Homework Assistance and Tutoring
  • Language Arts and Literacy
  • Creative Writing
  • Field Trips and Camps
  • Career Guidance and Youth Employment
  • College Readiness and Educational Planning


This funding area supports and strengthens programs that allow adults and youth to interact with one another in a consistent, nurturing, and long-term relationship that offers understanding, guidance, and practical life skills.

Programs Include:

  • Adult-Youth Mentoring
  • Team Mentoring
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Apprenticeships / Internships


This funding area supports and strengthens programs that teach and develop leadership skills and principles. Programs in this area also educate and encourage youth about their responsibilities as concerned and informed members of society.

Programs Include:

  • Youth Advocacy
  • Youth Organizing
  • Skills Development: Leadership, Written and Oral Communication
  • Programs Run by Youth
  • Community Service
  • Peer Counseling
  • Peer Education

School Readiness

This funding area supports and strengthens programs that influence learning and literacy experiences for pre-school children ages 2-5.

We give priority to programs that:

  • Create an individualized curriculum based on each child’s developmental needs
  • Provide a safe and stimulating environment for learning
  • Focus on a clear philosophy and communicate with staff, parents, and the community
  • Regularly assess their curriculum and work with local schoolsReflect the culture, class, and language of their community

Programs Include:

  • Cognitive Development
  • Language Development
  • Emotional DevelopmentLiteracy

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Only organizations with current tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Service Code Section 501(c) 3 are eligible for funding.
  • Within our four funding areas we support projects and programs that provide direct services to underserved children and youth.
  • Our geographic focus area is Los Angeles County.
  • We consider general operating support requests from organizations that serve youth only.


  • Funding is not available for:
    • Individuals
    • Private foundations
    • Annual giving campaigns
    • Buildings or capital campaigns
    • Unrestricted endowments or deficit reduction
    • Political parties, candidates, campaigns, or lobbying activities
    • Fundraising activities, benefit sponsorship, advertisements, or tables
    • Medical or health programs, including hospitals, clinics, and mental or physical trauma recovery programs; DSYF also does not fund programs for children and youth who are diagnosed as emotionally and/or developmentally disabled, or chronically and terminally ill.
    • Organizations which, in their constitution or practice, discriminate against a person or group on the basis of age, political affliation, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or religious belief.
    • Programs operating outside Los Angeles County.


This page was last reviewed June 23, 2021 and last updated June 23, 2021