Grants F.A.Q.

The Peterson League’s Grants F.A.Q.

General Grant Information
Q: Who can apply for a grant through The Peterson League?
A: Youth under 21 who live in Colorado Springs, Colorado can apply for a grant.

Q: What happens to incomplete applications or those with errors?
A: We will send an email to the address listed on the application notifying the applicant that amendment is necessary. Applications with errors will be recycled.

Q: Can grant money be spent on services?
A: No. You cannot give grant money to another person for any reason, including professional services, consulting, or labor. If your project requires the involvement of other people, they will need to volunteer their time or be paid from non-grant funds. Grant money can only to be spent on materials, consumables, tools, supplies, and the like. Basically, grant money can only be spent on things, not people. Make sense?

Q: What types of projects does TPL give grants for?
A: We support youth projects which focus on permanent, near-permanent, or long-term quality of life improvements. These are projects which solve problems or provide long-lasting results.

  • Community projects (community gardens, environmental causes, social betterment, etc)
  • New inventions (tools, technology, designs, etc.)
  • Philanthropic ventures (homeless housing, educational workshops, etc.)
  • Innovative solutions based on creative problem-solving

Youth Project Grant Information

Q: What do you NOT give grants for?
A: We do not provide welfare support for food, medical operations/services, existing disability equipment, etc.

Q: What kind of projects which focus on “social betterment” or “philanthropic ventures” are acceptable?
A: In order to receive funding for social betterment, the youth must show that the project will provide long-term improvements as opposed to welfare-based purposes.

An example of an unacceptable act of social betterment includes a project to feed the local homeless. The idea is wholly for welfare purposes and does not improve the local homeless population’s quality of life beyond one well-fed day.

An example of an acceptable act of social betterment could be that same youth who lawfully feeds the local homeless as a method to draw their attention and educate them on employment, continuing education, housing, or another method to help those same people get off the street permanently.

Q: What if my project idea only helps myself, not other people?
A: Whether the youth’s idea is self-serving or benefits a group is not a significant factor in approving the application. We like helping as many people as possible, yet a single improvement in one person’s life may lead to great possibilities.

If an idea is self-serving, it must provide long-term and real-world improvement to the youth’s daily quality of life. This does not include welfare support like food, medical operations/services, existing disability equipment, etc.

An example of an acceptable self-serving idea could be a youth with a physical disability who has submitted an idea on creating a new tool or design that will help improve daily quality of life. This has the potential to help others as well.

An example of an unacceptable self-serving idea is a youth who submits an application wholly to purchase an item or service without any quantifiable improvement to their daily quality of life. Funding requests for things such as medical operations/services, existing disability equipment, etc. will be denied.

Filling Out The Application

Q: Who is the “Participant” in the application forms?
A: The Participant is the youth with a project idea who is submitting the grant application.

Q: Who/what is the “Project Adviser” role for?
A: The Peterson League created the Project Adviser role for any school teacher or other adult leader who wants to volunteer and act as a mentor and project coordinator for a local young person with a great idea.

The advisor cannot come up with the initial project idea or perform the majority of the work. The adviser’s role is to provide mentoring and project organization/planning assistance.

If you are interested in assisting a young person with a project, download the grant application and fill out the “Project Adviser” form. It must be submitted with the youth’s application. A Project Adviser must personally know the youth they wish to help.

Q: How long does the grant process take?
A: The process generally takes a few months to complete. We try to get out as many deserving grants as possible while still maintaining high quality control.

All applications received are handled on a “first come, first served” basis. This is done to maintain fairness. The worthiness of funding is based solely on the application’s merit and is not influenced by factors such as race, age range, family income, or other socio-economic factors.

Q: Can I electronically submit my grant application?
A: No. The grant application includes a number of forms which require signatures. We need to receive the signed forms physically along with the application.

Q: Can there be more than one person on the same grant application?
A: No. The grant application is for one youth’s original idea.

Q: Can I submit more than one application?
A: No. A person can only submit one application at a time. Submitting two applications at the same time will invalidate both applications.

Q: Can I withdraw an already submitted application?
A: Yes. If you have already submitted an application and would like to withdraw it, whether to submit a new one or just to have it removed, please contact us with your details.

Q: Can I get more than one grant? Can I apply more than once?
A: Yes. If you have been awarded a grant, you may apply for another grant after one calendar year. The Peterson League is excited to be able to help motivated youths at multiple stages in their development.

The application itself must be a brand new submission each time funds are sought, although it may encompass or be related to their previously funded project. No additional weight is given to the application if it refers to or expands on a previously funded idea. All applications are judged on their own individual merit.

Project Guidance

Q: What support does TPL offer during the grant period?
A: There’s the halfway point check in for the older grant levels. We can answer any questions and help strategize around an obstacle a project might be facing, but we wouldn’t be able to devote a large amount of time toward a project at this time.

Q: How much guidance should parents give before and during projects?
A: Parents/adults can help keep a project organized on on-track, but they can’t “run the show.” Of course, the older the grant level age group, the more leadership is expected from the applicant.
The kids don’t necessarily need to originate/conceive the project idea. Yes, we like original ideas from youth, but it’s not absolutely required. However, it is required that youth is the driving force behind completing the project.

Q: Does each project need an advisor?
A: No. A kid can plan a project solo if they choose. The adviser role is more for school teachers or other adult leaders who wants to sponsor a kid’s project with their counsel and attention.
An adviser might be the one who came up with the project idea and want students/youngsters they know to begin tackling that project idea.

Q: Can you tell me more about the “reporting” The Peterson League expects to receive from me about my project?
A: At the scheduled end of the participant’s project (as stated in their application), we will contact him/her to provide us with a report.

We will ask questions like

  • Were you able to complete your project?
  • How has your project improved quality of life?
  • How was your experience with The Peterson League?
  • Did The Peterson League help you achieve your goal?
  • What helped you the most?
  • What would you have done differently?

The reports will give us valuable insight into the youth’s accomplishments, as well as important feedback on our own operations. Most importantly, these reports require the youth to reflect on their work, experience gained, lessons learned, benefits received, and feel a sense of accountability for what they agreed to accomplish.

Other Questions

Q: What if I still have a question or concern about my application or the application process?
A: Please contact us at