This year's application deadline is Monday, July 13, 2020!


Alianza Coachella Valley presents: Semilla Summer Mini-grants

Alianza Coachella Valley is accepting applications for the Semilla Summer Mini-grant (formerly Youth Summer Mini-grant) program. During these unprecedented times, youth and youth-serving nonprofits are stepping up to promote connection, inclusion, and health in our communities. We want to support those efforts!


Alianza Coachella Valley established the Youth Organizing Council to prepare young people to be the Eastern Coachella Valley’s future leaders by helping them put their values into words and their words into actions.  Every summer, a panel of youth leaders review grant applications and make recommendations to award up to 10 recipients for projects that strengthen youth and their communities.


  • Live in the Coachella Valley
  • Age of 14-24
  • Youth-serving Nonprofits


  • Promote values of personal responsibility in youth
  • Provide an avenue for internal exploration and personal empowerment of youth
  • Respect and promote diversity and inclusion
  • Support intervention and prevention of social problems
  • Support and encourage youth creativity
  • Develop civic and public pride in youth

Program Interest Areas

Proposals will be accepted that address issues important to youth and their communities. Program interest areas are broad-based and may include areas of academic preparation, cultural inclusion, awareness, and prevention, COVID-19 response, as well as indirect and direct services that will help youth develop positive assets for strong social, mental and academic growth.

Given the need to maintain social distance, we encourage creativity and proposals that will comply with health mandates and keep participants healthy and safe.

Scholarship Award

Applicants may request amounts up to $1,000.

Scholarship Period

July 20, 2020 to September 30, 2020

Application Review

Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. Applications will be screened for eligibility and completeness by the Alianza Youth Organizing Council.

Notification of Results

All applicants will be notified of the results in writing by July 17, 2020
Orientation is required for all approved projects.

How to Apply

  • Step 1: Please read the eligibility requirements carefully. 
  • Step 2: Download the application and answer all questions. If you have any questions email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Step 3: E-mail the Application Packet to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line Semilla Scholarship 2020.


Submit the Application by 5:00 p.m. on July 13, 2020.

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