Thank you for your interest in Disney Friends for Change Grants. The application deadline for Spring 2013 grants has passed.
Disney Friends for Change Grants offer young change-makers an opportunity to receive a $1,000 grant to help make a lasting, positive change in the world.
Whether you are passionate about protecting the planet, providing meals to those who need them, or giving kids just like you the resources they need to star in their own play, be an athlete or an artist, you can be a Friend for Change! Whatever your interests, a Disney Friends for Change Grant can help you make a difference for people, communities and the planet.
What to keep in mind when Friends for Change Grants become available again:
What weâ€™re looking for? Projects that highlight the creativity and commitment of young people working to meet the needs of others.
The goal? Showing how even small actions can add up to big changes.
Who can apply? Youth ages 5-18 located in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are eligible to apply for a $1,000 grant. Please note: To be eligible to lead a Disney Friends for Change grant, you must be between the ages of 5 â€“ 18. Legally, if you are younger than 13, you must have someone older than 13 prepare and submit the application for you.
Check out Past Friends for Change Projects
Follow UR Star(Chattanooga, TN)â€”Started by a 10-year-old who loves the performing arts, â€˜Follow UR Starâ€™ is an after school, peer-to-peer program that promotes literacy and better self-image among elementary school children who live in impoverished and gang-ridden areas. The program uses theater games to help our kids try on different personalities and hopefully find their own "inner-star" and learn to love it. With this foundation, kids are less likely to join gangs or engage in self-destructive behavior. With a Disney Friends for Change Grant, Follow Ur Star organized a public demonstration of their work for government officials and the general public. On Global Youth Service Day 30 students demonstrated what theyâ€™ve learned through their program to government officials and the general public. Read more. [http://community2.timesfreepress.com/news/2012/jun/20/young-actor-teaches-youth-follow-ur-star]
Envirothon (Dickinson County, MI)This group of environmentally conscious students from two school districts organized a recycling initiative for #5 plastic bottle caps. They set up collection bins at local stores and involved three elementary schools in a cap-collecting competition. The students reached 500 residents and donated the caps to an organization that recycles them into household and recreational products. The bins are now a permanent fixture in the community, so that the public can sustain their cap-recycling efforts!
Galesburg Augusta Primary School (Galesburg, MI)Second graders addressed the restoration of native plants to a local swampland area affected by the Kalamazoo River oil spill and resultant decrease in vegetation in the surrounding wetlands. They produced informational signs to create an outdoor science classroom and held a plant sale to share what they learned about these native plants with 600 local community members.
If you have questions, please contact Amanda McDonald, YSA's Grants Manager.
To learn more about Disney's Friends for Change initiative, visit www.Disney.com/friends.