Noah Joynes Youth Recreation Fund
Providing financial support for youth recreation in Golden Valley

Established in 2020 by the Joynes family to celebrate the life of Noah Joynes, Noah's Fund has two priorities. The first is to provide financial support for youth to participate in recreational and educational activities, programs, athletics, lessons, and events in a safe, supportive, and positive environment. The second is to support the improvement or addition of community youth
recreation facilities.

+About Noah

Noah R. Joynes was born and raised in Golden Valley along with his brother, Will Joynes, and sister, Abby Joynes Schulte. His parents, Bill and Judy (Ostrom) Joynes, have been Golden Valley residents since 1984. Bill was the Golden Valley City Manager from 1984 to 2003.

While growing up, Noah was an active participant in Golden Valley Parks and Recreation programs. 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 at Golden Valley’s Allianz Life Insurance, Noah continued working a night or two 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 was a wonderful, fun-loving mentor to the children participating in Golden Valley Parks and Recreation programs. While it’s common to hear the words “everyone loved him” after someone dies, in Noah’s case it’s true. Everyone really did love him! Noah would be honored and appreciative that this fund established in his name will benefit Golden Valley Parks and Recreation youth programs, participants, and facilities.

+Funding Priorities

Youth Recreation Financial Assistance

Based on funds approved annually by the Noah Joynes Youth Recreation Fund Board, Golden Valley Parks and Recreation staff will consider youth participation requests:

  • from Golden Valley resident youth aged 0–18 years old
  • that demonstrate financial need based on Golden Valley Parks and Recreation fee assistance procedures
  • where financial support will supplement assistance already applied from organization programs


Amenity & Facility Grants

Golden Valley established nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations and Golden Valley based youth organizations may submit requests that support youth-focused services, recreation programs, and facilities in Golden Valley. The Board will evaluate each grant application on its merits to positively impact youth and the Golden Valley community.

Grant applications must be 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 Board Review Committee may request additional information or seek a site visit before making an award or denial. 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 each round of funding.

Grants do not fund:

  • advertising
  • capital campaigns
  • any product, information, organization,or entity that that does not align with the goal of making positive a difference for youth
  • direct lobbying to influence legislation or funding appropriations
  • for-profit organizations
  • national and statewide umbrella organizations that cannot demonstrate a local presence
  • religious organizations for religious purposes
  • retroactive projects

+Grant Timeline

Applications Available Oct 22, 2021

Download online or pick up at Golden Valley Parks & Recreation at Brookview Golden Valley (see address below).

Application Deadline Is Dec 17, 2021, 4 pm

Send complete applications to:
Noah Joynes Youth Recreation Fund
Golden Valley Parks & Recreation
316 Brookview Parkway
Golden Valley, MN 55426

Award Notification Is Jan 28, 2022

Approved grant funds will be released to the applicant once verification of the completion of the project, service, or program is submitted.

Grant Awards

  • Anticipated award range in 2022 is $500–$3,000
  • Maximum individual grant award in 2022 is $3,000
  • Number of approved grant awards will be determined by the Board of Directors


+Board Of Directors

The Noah Joynes Youth Recreation Fund Board of Directors is committed to the betterment of youth. It includes three Joynes family members, City of Golden Valley Finance Department staff member (non-voting), and a Parks & Recreation staff member (non-voting).

Annual meetings are held in January, where the Board reviews funding reports and fiscal updates reviews and approves grant applications for potential funding, and sets the schedule for upcoming grant application processes.

The Noah Joynes Youth Recreation Fund complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or gender.


Questions are welcome at any time. Contact Rick Birno, Parks & Recreation Director at or at 763-512-2342.