City announces grant funding opportunity for organizations serving system-involved youth

October 06, 2020

Grant applications being accepted now through October 16

Mayor Greg Fischer, Louisville Metro Council and the Office of Youth Development today announced grant funding to benefit system-involved youth in our community.

The Creating Support Structures for System-Involved Youth Grant program, totaling nearly $950,000, is aimed towards the development and implementation of strategies to address youth involved in the juvenile justice system, reentry, and foster care.

Non-profit organizations, including faith-based organizations, which operate relevant programs may apply for grant funds. Organizations must be registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) entity and in good standing with the IRS and Metro Revenue Commission, and are not otherwise barred from receiving federal funds.

"We know that Louisville’s youth are especially vulnerable during this difficult time,” Mayor Fischer said. "As we work with the community to address the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic downturn and the necessary changes for racial equity and justice, these grants will help build a comprehensive support system to provide better access to education and workforce opportunities to help underserved youth succeed in school, career, civic life, and to enjoy an overall full and productive life."

The Creating Structures of Support for System-Involved Youth funding opportunity was created to support youth and young adults, ages 16 to 24, who are experiencing disconnection — not in school and not working, and/or involved in the juvenile justice, child welfare system, or both systems, with a specific emphasis on youth who are incarcerated, in foster care, or youth exiting or having exited these systems.

The grants will support the work of eligible organizations that operate programs which address one or more of these structures:

  • Centralization
  • Client Centered Case Management
  • Outreach
  • Peer Support

The goal is to invest in projects that achieve the most effective and efficient results. Successful grantees will be required to report on their success in meeting goals and outcomes.

“The goal of this funding opportunity is to address the needs of system-involved young people between the ages of 16 and 24,” said Dr. Aishia Brown, director for Louisville Metro Office of Youth Development (OYD). ”While OYD is moving in the direction of taking a transformative approach to youth development, this Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) will help to fund transactional approaches in order to coordinate vital services for this population of youth. We recognized the need for these approaches in this moment with the impact COVID-19 and the blatant systemic racism and injustices occurring in our city. We are truly excited about leading this work and working alongside youth serving agencies to address the needs of some of the most vulnerable youth in Louisville.”

Starting today through Oct. 16 at 5 p.m., applications will be accepted from eligible organizations which will be reviewed by a panel composed of representatives from Metro Council, OYD, and a system-involved youth services expert.

These grants are administered locally by Louisville Metro Office of Youth Development, part of the Office of Resilience and Community Services.

“By addressing today’s disconnect and trauma in our youth population we have the opportunity to positively impact many of the long term challenges facing our community including health and safety,” said Louisville Metro Councilwoman Nicole George, District 21.  “I’m excited to see how our youth serving agencies will address gaps in the current service array through innovative and evidence-based strategies.”

To access the NOFA application, and for other  information including the eligibility requirements, application guidelines, and budget template, visit


Please submit all questions/correspondences to: Dr. Billie Castle, Youth Development Systems Administrator, by email by clicking here.


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