Grant program invites area innovators serving youth to apply


Louisville, Ky. (January 23, 2023) – Metro United Way is accepting submissions for the Youth Success Request for Proposals (RFP). This Youth Success RFP is aligned with Metro United Way’s educational success work and open to all youth-serving nonprofit organizations in Jefferson, Bullitt, Oldham, and Shelby counties in Kentucky and Clark, Floyd, and Harrison counties in Indiana, serving individuals ages 6 – 24 and in priority zip codes.

“This is an opportunity for us to invest in innovative breakthroughs that help us achieve gains in educational success for youth in our community,” said Adria Johnson, president and CEO of Metro United Way. “We are excited to learn about the many transformative ideas that a variety of organizations will bring to the table throughout this process.”

To achieve gains in educational success in the region, Metro United Way believes community must improve and co-create healthy systems that produce equitable outcomes for all youth in the area. After months of learning, research, listening sessions, and feedback from community partners and leaders, Metro United Way has identified three domains in which to focus: school, home, and our community as our community understands that the responsibility of learning and development is not solely on school systems; it takes an ecosystem.

Learning happens across a wide and diverse range of settings embedded into systems like the public library, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, homes, afterschool programs, and many more. Every setting a young person encounters must be adequately resourced and a safe place for them to learn and grow.

Available investments will be distributed to organizations whose work most closely aligns with  strategies established by the Youth Success program. This is a two-year general operating grant and applications should be for services to be performed May 1, 2023 through April 30, 2025. Organizations receiving grant investments must sign a grant agreement and agree to provide an annual report to Metro United Way.

Submissions due by Friday, February 10.

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