Applications Now Open For The Noah Joynes Youth Recreation Fund
October 19, 2020
The Noah Joynes Youth Recreation Fund is now accepting applications from local organizations that support youth-focused services, recreation programs, and facilities in Golden Valley. Established in 2020 by the Joynes family to celebrate the life of Noah Joynes, one priority of Noah’s Fund is to support the improvement or addition of community youth recreation facilities.
Applications are open through Dec 18, 2020, to Golden Valley 501(c)(3) organizations and Golden Valley based youth organizations requesting funds for amenities or facilities that:
- serve Golden Valley youth aged 0-18 years old
- operate within Golden Valley
- enhance or expand amenities already provided by an organization (organizations proposing a new amenity must provide a plan for sustaining the amenity after the grant term)
- are innovative and do not duplicate existing amenities
- demonstrate measurable and achievable outcomes
The Noah Joynes Youth Recreation Fund Board will evaluate each grant application on its merits to positively impact youth and the Golden Valley community. Proposed projects may take place at any time during the grant year, beginning Feb 1 and ending Dec 31. Only projects taking place during the stated grant year will be considered for funding.
Noah Joynes was born and raised in Golden Valley and was an active participant in City Parks and Recreation programs while growing up. His first job was summer Playground Supervisor and Puppet Wagon Master at Lions Park. He continued working for Parks and Rec through high school and during summers in college.
After starting his career, Noah continued working weekly at Brookview Golden Valley because he so enjoyed his Parks and Rec family and all the Brookview activities. He worked at Brookview the night before he died unexpectedly of an undiagnosed heart condition at age 30.
Noah’s family includes parents Bill and Judy (Ostrom) Joynes, who have been Golden Valley residents since 1984, brother Will Joynes, and sister Abby Joynes Schulte. Bill was the Golden Valley City Manager from 1984 to 2003.
The Noah Joynes Youth Recreation Fund Board of Directors reviews and approves grant applications for potential funding at its annual meeting each January. The Board is made up of three Joynes family members, a Golden Valley Finance Department staff member (non-voting), and a Golden Valley Parks & Recreation staff member (non-voting).
More information, including grant application details, is available on the Noah’s Fund page on the City website. If you have questions, contact Rick Birno, Parks & Recreation Director at 763-512-2342.