G.O.A.L. Program


How it Works.

Learn how our G.O.A.L. application, review, and determination process works.

01 Review

Review your group’s eligibility, application questions, our guidelines, and terms & conditions below. Should you have any questions feel free to contact our team.

02 Apply

Complete and submit your application (aprox. 25-30 minutes). Make sure to provide details about your organization/club’s purpose, benefits, financial need, and use of grant funds. Apply Below.

03 Await

Await your application’s determination. Grants are considered once a year. This year’s application opens August 1, 2023 and closes October 13, 2023. Recipients will be notified October 20, 2022.

04 Report

Upon completion of the G.O.A.L. program, you will be required to report grant usage and other important information.

2023-24 G.O.A.L. Application

The Grants for Opportunities in Active Learning application takes 25-30 minutes to complete. The application closes on October 13, 2023.

Program Updates

Learn more about the latest program updates for the G.O.A.L. program here!

G.O.A.L. Guidlines

Important Information G.O.A.L. Applicants must adhere to.

  1. Eligible Schools: Michigan public, private, or charter high school that is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as 501(c)(3), 509(a)(1), or Section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  2. Eligible Student Organizations: Active and registered student organizations of their high school that promote personal, professional, and educational development. 
  3. Eligible Applicants: Education professionals who are at least 18-years-old and serve in an advisory role of an eligible student organization at an eligible high school.

Application Opens: August 1, 2023
Application Closes: October 13, 2023
Grant Determination Date: October 20, 2023


The Application Review Committee (ARC) will review and evaluate all applications on the following criteria:

  • Financial need of students and student organization.
  • Activity’s benefits to students: including overall learning experience; personal, professional, and educational development opportunities; and overall learning outcomes.
  • Number of students who may benefit from the grant​.
  • Activity’s description and purpose and relevance to the student group’s purpose. 
  • Proposed use of grant funds.

Applicants will be notified of their grant determination by email on October 20, 2023. The grant agreement and acceptance package will be delivered within one week of notification. Recipients must follow instructions to verify their application information in order for funds to be disbursed to the organization’s respective High School.

Terms & Conditions


By participating, entrants agree: 

  1. To the rules and decisions of the Michigan Youth Education Fund (MiYEF), which shall be final in all respects;
  2. Where legal, to the use of their names and/or likeness for advertising, promotional and publicity purposes without written consent or compensation; and
  3. To release, discharge and hold harmless the Michigan Youth Education Fund from damages or claims arising out of their participation in the grant program or use of the grant. All rights, title and interest, including copyrights of information submitted as part of the application, belong to MiYEF. MiYEF reserves the right to edit, adjust, modify, abridge, condense, publish, and/or excerpt application information.
  4. The Michigan Youth Education Fund is not responsible for electronic transmission errors resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind or failure to receive entry information by the Application Review Committee
  5. No emailed or hard copy paper applications will be accepted. The Michigan Youth Education Fund is not responsible for late, misdirected or incomplete applications or applications not received by the MiYEF. All applicant submissions become property of the MiYEF and will not be returned. By submitting an application, applicants agree to provide other information and documentation as may be reasonably requested by the Application Review Committee.
  6. Applications will be judged by the Michigan Youth Education Fund’s Application Review Committee, whose decisions will be final in all respects.

The Michigan Youth Education Fund reserves the right to interpret these guidelines, terms, and conditions, and to make decisions concerning grant funds, its acceptance and use, in situations not covered by these rules.

  1. Recipients may receive a grant only once in a given academic year. (Fall semester – Summer semester)
  2. Grant funds may only be used to cover costs normally attributed to students that are normal and reasonable. 
  3. In the event the costs and fees are less than the grant amount, the balance of the grant must be returned. 
  4. Grants may not be used to supplement expenditures that are the normal responsibility of the school district (e.g. substitute teacher salaries).


What groups/activities are eligible?

Recognized student organizations at a Michigan public, private, or charter school can apply for a grant. Activities must promote personal, professional, and educational development opportunities for participants. Unfortunately, we cannot support sports teams or organizations at this time.

Where does MiYEF get funding for G.O.A.L.?

The Michigan Youth Education Fund relies on individual donors to support the G.O.A.L. Program. Therefore, our giving capacity is directly tied to the amount of funds we raise each year. Learn how you can help out here.

Who can apply?

Any advisor, educator, or coach 18-years-old or older, affiliated with a Michigan public, private, or charter high school, and serves in an advisory role to plan and lead the student group’s activity.

I’m a student, how can I apply?

If you are a student or student leader, talk with your advisor to see if your group is eligible. You are welcome to work with you advisor on your group’s application.