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Hershey Heartwarming Young Heroes GYSD Grants: Empowering Youth Changemakers

Hershey Heartwarming Young Heroes GYSD Grants: Empowering Youth Changemakers

Overview: The Hershey Heartwarming Young Heroes GYSD Grants, supported by The Hershey Company and Hershey’s Heartwarming Project, are now open for applications until March 10. Youth changemakers aged 5 to 25 in the U.S. and Canada are encouraged to apply for grants of either $250 or $500 for projects during Youth Service Month & Global Youth Service Day 2024. The grants aim to support projects that foster connections, social awareness, and relationship skills among youth volunteers.

Grant Details:

  • Deadline: March 10, 11:59 pm (local time)
  • Grant Amounts: $250 or $500 based on the number of participating youth volunteers.
  • Total Grants: $50,000 will be awarded.


  • Youth applicants aged 5-25 in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Projects must be youth-led.
  • Projects must take place during Youth Service Month (April 12-May 12, 2024), with Global Youth Service Day (April 26-28, 2024) participation encouraged.
  • Projects must impact the community where the youth applicant lives.
  • Applicants must engage a diverse group of youth volunteers from different social backgrounds.

New for 2024: Projects may address any issue or community need important to the youth project leaders and their peers.

Application Criteria:

  • Youth-led projects.
  • Impact during Youth Service Month.
  • Community-focused projects.
  • Inclusion of youth volunteers from diverse backgrounds.
  • Partnership with community organizations.

Application Timeline:

  • Deadline: March 10, 11:59 pm (local time).
  • Decision Notifications: March 22.
  • Post-Project Impact Report Due: June 2.

How to Apply: Interested youth can sign up and start their application:

Contact: For application-related queries, contact Katie Reusch (she/her) at

Empower youth-led projects and make a positive impact on your community. Apply now and be a Hershey Heartwarming Young Hero!