The Mini-Grant Program was initiated by the Youth Advisory Council in 1977. The mini-grants give youth an opportunity to develop program ideas, write grant proposals, screen grants submitted by youth groups, and implement defined program objectives.
With an annual appropriation from the N.C. General Assembly and the N.C. Youth Endowment Fund, the Youth Advisory Council is able to award grants averaging $500 for a wide range of youth-directed projects. Grant applications are received in the fall of each year.