Free Nov. 13 workshop offers grant help for youth-serving groups


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Free grant-writing aid for the chance to qualify for federal dollars to help organizations better serve young people in downtown, western and southcentral Louisville – that’s the point of a Nov. 13 workshop planned by the University of Louisville and its partners in a new project called Yes You Can.

    The partners have $200,000 to distribute among 10 to 20 grassroots, youth-serving organizations next month, but organizations have to apply for the funds. Those attending the 10 a.m.-2 p.m. workshop at Kosair Charities, 982 Eastern Parkway, will learn about the grant and receive step-by-step training on writing proposals for the money targeted to groups serving at-risk youths in the community.

    Lunch is provided and the event is free, but registration is required by Nov. 11 by contacting social work professor Anita Barbee at 502-852-0416 or

    UofL’s Kent School of Social Work and UofL’s Office of Community Engagement, along with the Center for Health Equity and the Making Connections Network, recently received a one-year U.S. Department for Health and Human Services grant to build capacity in small organizations (annual budgets of less than $500,000) that serve young people in neighborhoods of greatest need.

    The effort is dubbed Yes You Can, for Youth Empowerment Services=Youth Organizations United+Capacity Assistance Network. Organizers intend to build a coalition of youth-serving organizations and to provide funds, training and technical assistance to boost their abilities to help young people by delivering services effectively.

    For example, community-based and faith-based organizations might need help recruiting children, involving families, raising funds, managing finances, developing boards, tracking outcomes or setting up risk-management policies.

    Such organizations offer a broad range of services such as violence prevention, drug-abuse prevention, tutoring, skill-building, after-school care and programming involving art, sports or music.

    For more information, call Barbee at 502-852-0416.

    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.