Through an opportunity provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, GACF was able to start an arm of our community foundation in May of 1993 to specifically provide youth participation in philanthropy. That group is called the Greenville Youth Advisory Council or GYAC. Locally raised funds combined with matching funds from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation provides an endowment fund of over $1,000,000 for the GYAC to use to award grants that benefit youth related needs in the community. Members of this very active and involved group come from Greenville High School & Middle School and are learning first-hand about the importance of community involvement and philanthropy.

The three “E‘s” of the Greenville Youth Advisory Council’s mission is to make a difference by Empowering youth, Enhancing life and Enriching the community.

GYAC’s Mission

Interested in being a GYAC member? 

Connect with Kristen Kohn, Director of Community Impact, at with questions on how to become a YAC member or how to apply for a grant.

The GACF Board of Trustees, GYAC Advisors and staff strive to mentor the members of the GYAC in hopes of sharing their experiences in the nonprofit world generally and in philanthropy as a facet of a successful, fulfilled community citizen. Trustees, Advisors and staff also learn greatly from the youth’s perspectives and passions.

GYAC Member Application Form

GYAC Grant Cycle

For all area nonprofits (within Montcalm County) with programs or projects that fall within the identified needs of area youth. Decisions about grant funding are based on many factors including the results of a  Needs Assessment that is conducted every three years. Identified needs were put into a survey that was taken by Greenville students grades 6-12 through an online service. This includes but is not limited to:

Excessive Schoolwork
Sex & Health Education /Pregnancy Resources
Adult/Youth Communication 
College Pressure 
After School Activities
Technology/Too Much Screen Time

YAC Grant Criteria

There are a number of factors that contribute to the decisions involved in the grant making process of the YAC’s. Some of the major considerations include:

Number of area youth affected by the grant
Area where youth will be most affected by the grant (geographic location)
Significance of the grant on area youth
Ability of the grant to fulfill the needs of area youth
Youth involvement with the grant application

Please contact Alison Barberi, President & CEO, at the GACF office for more information.

GYAC Grant Application Page