Empower Kentucky
A Conference by Youth for Youth



Empower KY is funding mini-grants for youth to make change in their communities

We are looking for projects focused on the prevention of power-based personal violence (bullying, dating violence, sexual harassment, sexual assault), substance use/misuse, and/or positive mental health promotion and suicide prevention. Projects that are related to awareness or intervention will likely not be funded. We are also looking for projects that have feasible time-frames and outcomes.

Not all grant proposals for action projects will be funded. Additionally, some projects may be funded, but not for the entire amount requested. One of the goals of the Empower Kentucky Leadership Experience is to prepare a new generation of leaders for social justice, community change, and prevention work in the future. Keeping this in mind, we want our grant process to reflect similar processes that youth may encounter later in their careers and generally, funders do not make grants to every application they receive.


The Empower KY Mini Grant seeks to fund eligible groups of youth implementing prevention-based projects. To be eligible for the grant, youth groups must comply with the following guidelines:

  • The activities and plans must be youth-led.

  • At least one youth in the group must have attended the 2019 Empower Kentucky Youth Conference, though youth who did not attend the conference are still able to participate.

  • Youth must attend a Green Dot, Sources of Strength, or YES school. (See list of eligible schools here)

  • The youth group must have an adult advisor.

  • The projects must be prevention based and focused one of the following topics: substance use/misuse, mental health, and/or power-based personal violence (sexual harassment, dating violence, bullying, sexual violence).

  • Project request for over $500 will NOT be funded.

Application PDF


Access the application at: https://form.jotform.com/92775799531172