Professional Development Grants


The YNPN Boston Chris Herron Professional Development Fund provides grants of up to $500 for emerging nonprofit leaders in the Greater Boston area to participate in professional development opportunities that they might otherwise not have access to. The second ever funding cycle has an application deadline of May 10th, 2019!

At YNPN Boston, we know how important professional development is for young professionals to advance their careers and increase the impact of their organizations (see our Competency Model for Emerging Nonprofit Professionals). While we provide a variety of professional development events and content, our capacity as an all-volunteer organization is limited, and so are the professional development budgets at many nonprofits.

If you’re a young nonprofit professional in the Greater Boston area and you’re in need of assistance to engage in a professional development opportunity in the next six months, this program is for you. Our grants of up to $500 can be used toward conference registration or travel, class/workshop fees, professional association dues, etc. See the details below and submit your application by May 10th, 2019!

Please contact with any questions about the fund or application process.

Click here to learn more about Chris Herron (former YNPN Boston Board Chair) and support the fund.

Current Funding Cycle

  • Application opens: April 22, 2019
  • Application due: May 10, 2019
  • Applicants notified: mid-May 2019
  • Recipient report due: 30 days after funded opportunity complete


To be considered, applicants must:

  • Be employed full-time at a nonprofit organization
  • Be between 18 and 35 years of age
  • Live or work in the Greater Boston area
  • Plan to engage in a professional development opportunity within six months
  • Submit all application materials by 11:59pm ET on the deadline

Note: Only one application will be considered per person each cycle

Application - Complete this form by May 10, 2019

To complete your application, you will need:

  • Short bio of 100-200 words
  • Current resume
  • Line-item budget (should specify amount requested from YNPN Boston, funding from employer/other sources, and any remainder)
  • Headshot (for recipient publicity only - NOT viewed by the grant selection committee)

Visit our FAQ section for more information

YNPN Boston will NOT consider funding request for:

  • YNPN Boston Professional Development Events
  • Food or Beverage expenses
  • Board dues or other charitable contributions
  • Supplies (headshots, business supplies, business cards, computers, etc.)


Recipient Expectations

  • Recipients will engage in a professional development opportunity within six months of the application
  • Recipients are required to submit a report within 30 days of completing the professional development opportunity
  • Recipients will be announced through the YNPN Boston website and social media


Grant Distribution Process

Recipients will receive funds through reimbursement within two weeks of providing proof-of-purchase. If this requirement would create a financial burden for the recipient, then other arrangements may be considered. Please contact with questions.

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