An Office of Youth Development Competitive Grant

The Creating Structures of Support for System-Involved Youth funding opportunity seeks out organizations that will create comprehensive support for Louisville’s System-Involved Youth. Louisville Metro Government encourages organizations that can provide one or more of the following to apply: Centralization, Client Centered Case Management, Outreach, and/or Peer Support to deliver or connect System-Involved Youth to direct services in the categories of: Education, Food (access), Health and Wellness, Housing/Housing Stability, Justice, Transportation, and/or Workforce Development/Job Training.

This funding is dedicated to creating a comprehensive Structure of Support for System-Involved Youth to be connected to services that were identified as high need by youth in the target population. While many local organizations provide many of the services, youth find themselves not knowing where to go, how to access the services, or understand how to navigate the process. We are seeking innovative applications that will bridge between system coordination and service accessibility/connection for System-Involved Youth.

Notice of Funding Availability: Click here to view.

Application Orientation Video: Click here to view.  Recording Password: 82aJyqmX

Orientation Slideshow: Click here to view.


Application Open Date: October 5th, 2020 @ 9AM

Application Close Date: October 16th, 2020 @ 5PM

OYD Application Guidelines: Click here to view. **Application Guide contains text of all questions** 

Application Budget Template: Click here to view.

Application Logic Model Template: Click here to view.

Funding Note: The total amount of funds to be distributed through this funding opportunity is approximately $950,000. The minimum amount an agency can apply for is $300,000 and the maximum amount is $950,000.

Support Structure Categories: 

RCS will accept applications for this funding from eligible organizations that can operate programs which address one or more of the structures of support listed below. See the Project Guidelines section of the Application Guide Link to OYD_Application_Guidelines_10.1.20 for a discussion about services associated with each support structure category

1. Centralization
a. Creation of a centralized point by which youth access services (e.g. intake, assessment, and referrals) including a technological component (e.g. apps);
     b. Maintenance of a comprehensive list of ongoing services;
     c. Facilitate cross system coordination to understand trends and set policy priorities reported bi-annually; and/or
     d. Partner with JCPS to scale up enhanced drop-out/disconnection warnings.

2. Client Centered Case Management
     a. Initial and ongoing assessment using a standardized measure;
     b. Ongoing resource linking and brokerage including direct connection with a behavioral health provider with an emphasis and preventative screenings;
     c. Development and planning around the youth support team including natural and paid resources;
     d. Coordination and monitoring of service provision for at least 6 months post first interaction;
     e. Two monthly face-to-face* visits and two other contacts per month (peer support, therapist, job coach, etc.); and/or
     f. Flexible hours to respond to crisis.

3. Outreach
     a. Specific plan to serve top 10 zip codes with highest concentration of system-involved youth;
     b. Weekly visits to hotspots within zip codes of highest concentration of System-Involved Youth; and/or
     c. Paid digital outreach.

4. Peer Support
     a. Certified peer support to enhance connection and establish trust from someone with similar lived experiences as system-involved youth; and/or
     b. One weekly face-to-face contact.

Eligibility: See Application Guide (Link to OYD_Application_Guidelines_10.1.20) for details about eligibility requirements. However, for highlights: only registered 501(C)(3) organizations which operate relevant programs & are in good standing with the IRS, Metro Revenue Commission, and are not otherwise barred from receiving federal funds are eligible for this opportunity.

Please submit all questions/correspondences to:

Dr. Billie Castle
Youth Development Systems Administrator
Office of Resilience and Community Services
701 W. Ormsby Avenue, Suite 201
Louisville, KY 40203
Click here to contact me via email.

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