Apply for a 2024 Young Adult Leadership Development Grant


Through NBA’s Young Adult Leadership Development (YALD) program area, we seek to co-create spaces with and for young adults 18-30 to flourish in life and service. NBA’s YALD grants are specifically designed to support current and future leaders in identifying their leadership qualities, building leadership capacity, and allowing young adults to explore new possibilities in the areas of service and justice. Young adults are eligible to apply for either a Development grant or an Exploration/Ingenuity Grant.

Development Grants

These grants are intended for:

  1. Young adults working in a health and social service profession seeking additional training to enhance their knowledge/skills to be more effective in their current role or seeking to advance beyond that role.
  2. Young adults seeking more broad leadership training to hone specific skills in church or community leadership (ex. diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging training, conflict transformation, community organizer training, etc.)
  3. Young adults seeking assistance for formal courses related to fields of study in health and social services.

Exploration/Ingenuity Grants

This grant is for young adults who desire to pursue a passion project, social enterprise idea, or advance a project they already started. Projects or social enterprises must be community or congregation-based, and related to a particular health, social, or justice need in their context.

How to Apply

Applications are open from June 4, 2024 to July 15, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. Central Time

All applications must be submitted through the online form — no hard copies will be considered.

To complete the application, you will need to provide the following information:

  • Accurate contact information of the person applying for the grant.
  • A summary detailing the type and purpose of the desired leadership training for the development grant, or project description for the exploration/ingenuity grant, the applicant’s hopes and goals, implementation timeline, and a proposed budget.
  • The amount requested, up to $1,000 USD.

Note: The application has a ‘save’ function. You may begin your application and return to complete it before the deadline.


We highly recommend reading the Additional Information & FAQ If you have additional questions not resolved by the FAQ, please contact the NBA Grants Management Coordinator by email at

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