YAF Grant Program

The YAF Grant Program began in 1990 with the goal of providing money to nonprofit organizations in Carlton, Cook, Douglas, Lake, and St. Louis Counties that strive to provide children with opportunities to participate in recreational and athletic activities. 

The YAF recognizes that some organizations may have durable equipment needs while others may have non-equipment, financial needs that address the rising participation costs or fees for youth involved in the organization’s activities. 

As a result, the YAF will consider applications for grants for participation scholarships as well. Organizations may apply for both scholarship and equipment funds on the same application, not to exceed $3,000 inclusively.

Organizations who have received a grant from the YAF in the past are eligible to reapply after at least 2 calendar years.



Since 1990, the YAF has awarded more than $461,000 to our community’s youth and recreational athletic organizations through the grant program.


The mission of the Young Athletes Foundation (YAF) is to support and build community by providing pathways of opportunity to youth through athletic programs and encouraging healthy lifestyles.

Proceeds from the KP Challenge, St. Fennessy 4K, Fitger’s 5K, Park Point 5-Miler, Minnesota Mile, and North End Nightmare 5K go to benefit the YAF’s charitable programs.