External Agency Fund applications now open for youth services

February 09, 2024

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 Youth Services EAF Grant application process, visit the OSHN website.


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