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From Our International Trustee: Youth Opportunities Fund


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From Our International Trustee: Youth Opportunities Fund

Maria Palazzolo, Key Club International Trustee

Maria Palazzolo, Key Club International Trustee

Maria Palazzolo, Key Club International Trustee

Has your club ever been unable to host an event or create a service project because you lacked the necessary funds? Key Club International offers a grant called the Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF) to solve this issue! $.50 of all Key Club members’ dues goes towards YOF, and, each year, Key Club grants YOF to dozens of clubs that apply and show a need for the extra money. 

How to Apply

  • Find a cause: In your application, you will need to explain your project/event in detail.
  • Download the form here
  • Fill out the form online or mail the form to the Kiwanis International Office in Indianapolis.

Kiwanis International Office address:
3636 Woodview Trace
Indianapolis, IN 46268-3196, USA
Attn: YOF Application

  • You will need signatures from various individuals; therefore, please plan ahead to fill out your YOF form.
  • The YOF form asks for a timeline and budget for your project. The more specific, the better!

All forms must be received on or before October 15th.  Clubs may request funding assistance ranging anywhere from US$100 to US$2,000. Winners will be notified sometime in January if they have received the grant. Winners of the grant will be given their money once the club sends receipts for their project. Therefore, this grant is more of a reimbursement from Key Club International because the club pays for the items and is then covered by International afterwards. 

This is a great way for International to give back to the members! I would love to see many Carolinas applications in the upcoming years! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I would be more than willing to help you!

Yours in service,

Maria Palazzolo
Key Club International Trustee