Louisville Metro Government began accepting applications for External Agency Fund grants Friday, January 11, 2019 for the service period of FY20 (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020). These General Fund grants are awarded to non-profit, non-governmental, or "external”, agencies that contribute to the city's cultural, social and economic vitality. 

A mandatory application orientation was held on January 10, 2019 at South Central Regional Library for any agency interested in applying for these grants.  If a representative from your agency was not able to attend, the recording of this orientation is now available online to review.

Please click here to view the orientation.  Be sure to view the recording in its entirety because applicants viewing online are required to answer three questions and submit to EAF@louisvilleky.gov prior to submitting the grant application..

The orientation will provide information about the deadlines, how to access the application and general information about how to write a competitive application.  Individuals who were not able to attend the mandatory orientation in person MUST view a recording of the session once it has been uploaded on this site.

The competitive grants are available for Social Services programs, administered by the Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services (RCS), and for Arts and Creative Industries programs, administered by Louisville Forward. The External Agency Funds are awarded annually to non-profit organizations offering programs or services in Louisville/Jefferson County that align with the Mayor's and departments' strategic goals.

Applications will be reviewed by two External Agency Fund panels, which include Metro Council members and community members. Recommendations will be included in Mayor Fischer’s Recommended FY20 Metro budget, available in late spring.

For the Social Services funding program, qualified non-profits committed to providing services that achieve meaningful outcomes for Louisville citizens in the following key areas are encouraged to apply:

  • Decreasing homelessness
  • Increasing household financial stability
  • Increasing youth, teen, and/or young adult engagement in quality programming; or
  • Increasing access to services and resources for a targeted population.

For the Arts and Creative Industries funding program, qualified non-profits committed to providing programs that achieve meaningful outcomes for Louisville citizens in the following focus areas are encouraged to apply:

  • Arts experiences for everyone
  • Creative workforce
  • Creative community spaces and neighborhoods

Louisville Metro Government employs a competitive granting strategy and strives to award funding to agencies that demonstrate measurable positive impact in the community and are good stewards of taxpayer dollars.  Successful grantees will be required to report on their success in meeting goals, outcomes and how the tax payer dollars are spent.

The deadline to submit an application is Friday, February 8, 2019 by 5 p.m.

For Social Services funded programs:

  • The guidelines for the FY20 application are available at this Link
  • The application for funding is available thru this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RCSEAFFY20-1

    Where is the scoring criteria for the RCS EAF application located?

    *  The scoring criteria was covered in the MANDATORY Orientation that took place on January 10, 2019 at the South Central Regional Library (2 sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon)
    *  The scoring criteria is on the recording of the Orientation that is MANDATORY to watch for those that could not attend
    *  The scoring criteria is located in the Application Guidelines referrenced above


For Arts and Creative Industries funded programs:


Please submit all questions to EAF@louisvilleky.gov


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