Open Monday, January 23 to Friday, February 10

Youth Success

Request for Proposals


At Metro United Way, we have transitioned from a historical community chest model to a new impact model where MUW strategically and proactively seeks to change the social determinants of education, economic mobility, and health in the Greater Louisville region. This is being done through bringing together powerful solutions to address root causes of systemic issues to ensure positive, sustainable change – moving from transactional to transformational and from investing in nonprofits to investing in solutions.

For part of our work to achieve gains in educational success, we have shifted to a flexible RFP process using trust-based philanthropy principles that enable us to invest in breakthrough innovations and effective interventions to meet today’s challenges. This has allowed us to engage a wider variety of organizations with transformative ideas while continuing to work with legacy partners on new ventures.

Who, What, & Why

This Youth Success RFP is aligned with our 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 these priority zip codes:

Jefferson: 40202, 40203, 40208, 40209, 40210, 40211, 40212, 40214, 40215, 40216, 40218
Bullitt: 40047, 40109, 40165
Oldham: 40056, 40059, 40026, 40014, 40031, 40077, 40010
Shelby: 40065, 40067, 40022
Clark, Floyd, and Harrison counties

To achieve gains in educational success in our region we must improve and co-create healthy systems that produce equitable outcomes for all our community’s youth. 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 we understand 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. All settings matter. Every setting a young person encounters must be adequately resourced and a safe place for them to learn and grow. However, we see the effects of the inequities within our systems that impede progress on creating healthier systems for young people to successfully navigate.


We seek to identify nonprofit community partners that have high-impact/high-outcomes and sustainable services that focus on one or more of the five strategies described below that are critical to creating healthier systems for young people. These five focus areas are derived from qualitative and quantitative data from schools, community partners, youth development experts, United Community data, and other community data sources.


Youth Empowerment– Build, share, and wield power with young people. Create meaningful opportunities and structures for youth to develop and exercise their voices.
For example:

  • Community and organizational youth council advisory boards
  • Empowering young people to address structural and systemic barriers for youth success
  • Partnering with young people to research, plan and implement social action projects
  • Mentoring Relationships

Academic Success– Provide academic supports to students.
For example:

  • Homework help – safe and supportive environment for students to excel academically and learn study skills
  • Tutoring – long-term commitment to support student academic success through tutoring relationships
  • Academic coaching- long-term commitment to guide and empower young people to succeed academically

Family Engagement– Support practices and policies that engage families of young people served and connects them to community supports.
For example:

  • Involving and empowering parents of young people served: Regular communication, parent/family activities, community conversations, serving as a resource and referral source for the families served.
  • Involving parents as volunteers, mentors or in leadership roles within the organization.

Youth Wellness– Prioritize the mental, physical, and emotional health of young people.
For example:

  • Provide a safe physical and emotional environment that fosters a sense of belonging and acceptance.
  • Promotion of youth mental and physical wellness.
  • Promotion of youth social emotional skills development.

Transferrable Skills – Develop skills in young people that will prepare them to be successful in school, at home, and for career and life.
For example:

  • Programs/activities that have specific learning goals for youth participants.
  • Activities that provide quality experiential learning experiences for young people.
  • Focus on engaging young people in meaningful activities that provide opportunities for learning skills that will prepare them for success.
  • Project-based learning experiences where young people work collaboratively.





This application will be open Monday, January 23 to Friday, February 10, 2023. Available investments will be distributed to organizations whose work most closely aligns with the five strategies listed above. 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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Internal Revenue Service has ruled the applicant to be a federally recognized tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization or the organization has an application in process and a fiduciary agent.
  • The applicant provides services to young people within the ages 6 to 24 years of age.
  • The applicant is requesting funds for programming proven to be effective and aligned with at least one of the five strategies outlined above to create healthier systems and educational success.
  • The applicant is seeking funds for programs, services, or strategies that serve young people in Jefferson, Bullitt, Oldham, and Shelby counties in Kentucky and Clark, Floyd, and Harrison counties in Indiana.
  • The applicant must be able to comply with MUW’s Grant Agreement.
  • Organizations may only submit one application per agency for this particular Metro United Way investment opportunity. Applicants may include a cumulative funding request for more than one program/service provided by their agency in their single application.


  • Theis RFP was open Monday, January 23 to Friday, February 10, 2023.
  • If your organization is selected to receive investments, your CEO/Executive Director will be notified.
  • A list of grants awarded will be available on the Metro United Way website no later than April 30, 2023.
  • If you have additional questions, please email

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