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Providing funding to help “at risk” youth enter the workforce with training and skills development, this program encourages self-sufficiency and independence, and addresses the shortage of skilled trade workers in Kansas.


Up to




of the total project cost


May 1, 2023



  • done
    Have an acceptable use project
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    Benefit low-to-moderate income households
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    At least 25% matching funds


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Program Overview

Funding Amounts

$500,000 has been allocated for the Youth Job Training program in 2023. Communities can receive up to $100,000, with up to $5,000 used for administration.

Qualifying Projects

This program addresses the need to support “at risk” youth (ages 12-22) in workforce training and engagement. Eligible expenses include:

  • Screening and skills assessment of participants.
  • Training, instruction, and certification of participants.
  • Software and instructional materials for training and educational purposes (acquired through procurement procedures defined by KDC).
  • Tuition, books, supplies, and other materials necessary for participants to complete their training.
  • Administration costs for grant funds.
  • Salaries for staff running these programs.
Selection Criteria

Grant applications are evaluated for funding based on project need, readiness, impact, sustainability and matching funds source and availability.

Key considerations include:

  • Public service employment training – including assistance to increase self-sufficiency, literacy, resume writing, job coaching or training students in a particular field or skill when there is no tie to a specific position or business.
  • At least 51% of all program participants must meet LMI (low-to-moderate income) requirements – which is at or below 80% of the Average Median Income for the county in which the family resides.
  • Communities who have not been awarded a CDBG Grant in the annual competition within the last five years in Housing, Community Facilities, or Water and Sewer will receive 10 bonus points on their application rating.
  • 10 bonus points will be awarded if at least 10% of local match comes from other private sources such as foundations (not bonds or state and federal agencies).
  • Download grant guidelines for more information on program requirements.


Who are the beneficiaries?

At-risk youth will benefit from this funding opportunity. At-risk youths could include those at risk of involvement or further involvement in the criminal or juvenile justice system, at risk of involvement in the child welfare system, at risk of education failure (includes risk due to social conditions), education failure (dropping out, expelled, no GED, etc.), youth with no work experience, youth with a history of employment failure, homeless youth, or youth with a disability.

Is an instructor’s salary an eligible use of funds?

Yes. An instructor (or other program staff) is necessary for training; therefore, the salary is an eligible expense. The salary expense must also be allocable to the program and that must be documented (i.e., document the number of staff hours worked on the program and the number of hours worked outside the program – using timesheets as an example).

What are eligible uses of funds?

The costs of labor, supplies, materials and other costs associated with the program (i.e., purchase of furnishings, equipment and other personal property needed to operate the program).

Whom do we partner with?

We are encouraging partnerships with educational institutions and/or other entities involved in youth job training.

Is there a match requirement?

Yes, the program requires a 25 percent match.

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Tips for Success

When developing a youth job training program, be sure to include the voices of the youth population you plan on serving. This is crucial in designing any middle/high school program. Create a diverse youth committee to help develop your program.

Partnership building is important for executing a youth job training program. Partners help provide enrichment content to make the program fun and exciting, as well as being a main component of sustainability. Your program should partner with local school districts, youth development agencies, workforce development organizations, non-profits, and for-profit businesses.

Build your program around the needs of the community without duplicating efforts. Youth job training encompasses a wide spectrum of workforce development and the program you develop should address a specific area that your community lacks.

Gathering letters of support is a great way to enhance your grant application. Get a broad base of community leaders to confirm the importance of your project.

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How to Apply


LMI help The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program requires that each CDBG funded activity must either principally benefit low- and moderate-income (LMI) persons, aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight, or meet a community development need having a particular urgency.

View LMI Family Income Limits for
Persons in
LMI Family Income Limit*

*LMI calculations are from 2015 Census and LMI by household are from 2022 HUD Section 8. Final LMI will be confirmed upon application review.


Find Assistance

Assistance from a professional with CDBG grant experience can help you streamline and strengthen your application. Some or all of the costs to engage help can be covered by your award.

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Have Questions?

Email Timothy Parks, CDBG Specialist,
[email protected]
(785) 480-8072