External Agency Fund Grants - Youth Services

EAF Grants - Youth Services


The Louisville Metro Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods (OSHN) is the backbone of the city’s effort to address the root causes of gun violence and then build sustainable solutions. This work requires the adoption of innovative strategies and approaches that extend beyond traditional law enforcement to shift social norms and that activates the community to help prevent shootings and violence. Through partnerships and collaboration, we intervene with those involved or impacted by gun violence and promote community and youth-led solutions to foster safer neighborhoods. 


Goals of OSHN's Youth External Agency Grant Program

Our goal is to maximize the impact of funding on violence reduction and youth development while fostering a sense of community ownership and collaboration. 


OSHN External Agency Fund Grants Focus on Youth

OSHN EAF grants will be awarded to organizations to address violence and promote youth development in one of the following areas:

  • Primary Prevention involves programs and strategies designed for the general youth population and seeks to reduce the factors that put people at risk for experiencing violence.

  • Secondary Prevention reduces the risk factors among youth who are vulnerable to being involved in serious violence and crime. These services are reserved for young people who are less likely to engage in primary prevention programs.

  • Intervention involves strategies and programs which directly engage young people who are at the highest risk of being victims or perpetrators of violence. Effective programs must support crime desistance and disengagement. 

  • Victim Support to address direct and secondary exposure to gun violence.


External Agency Fund Grants are open to non-profit organizations in good standing with the Metro Louisville Revenue Commission and the Secretary of State. We encourage organizations in the same neighborhoods to partner with each other. Building partnerships within communities can lead to more inclusive and impactful initiatives and can contribute to meaningful and sustainable collaborations. 


For more information on the External Agency Fund Grant process:


Orientation / Information SessionMonday, February 12th
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Application OpensFebruary 9th at 5 p.m.
Application DeadlineMarch 1st at 4:00 p.m.







Apply for the Youth Services EAF Grant:

FY25 OSHN External Agency Fund Grant Application   Empty heading

Info Session / Orientation:

Access the February 12th Webex Orientation

Password: PpCSvBm2

View the Orientation Powerpoint Presentation

Guidelines and Application Materials:

FY25 OSHN EAF Grant Guidelines

FY25 Budget Template

Logic Model KPI Template

Form W-9

Priority Block Sites


The External Agency Fund consists of three divisions:

Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods - Youth Service Organizations

Arts + Creative Industries - Arts and Culture Organizations

Resilience and Community Services - Social Service Organizations


Receive emails for more information on funding and opportunities
Subscribe to the External Agency Fund Newsletter 



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