External Agency Fund: Resilience and Community Services History
Prior to the merger of the City of Louisville and Jefferson County governments in January 2003, each entity provided funding separately to non-profits. Upon merger, and becoming the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government, a task force was formed to design the eligibility criteria and implementation of the External Agency Fund. The task force recommended, and subsequently, five different Metro funding streams were made available to Jefferson County non-profits to apply for grants. Available funding streams for non-profit applications were identified as: Arts/Cultural Attractions, Business Associations, Housing/Community Development, Human Services and Youth. Thus, began the FY 2004 External Agency Fund with the first grant funding awarded on July 1, 2003.
Due to budget limitations, and additional restructuring of Metro Departments and Divisions, the funding streams were reduced to two application sources beginning with FY 2010. Business Associations, which were previously through the Metro Economic Development Department, were eliminated. Arts/Cultural Attractions was retained as a separate funding source. Since the Housing Department was already combined with Human Services, and Office for Youth Development was newly combined, those previous related individual funding streams were formed into one under the Office of Resilience and Community Services (RCS). Thus, the External Agency Fund (EAF) was established.
In FY 2012 those programs that related to out-of-school programs began to be administered out of the RCS Office of Youth Development (OYD). These funds were not separate in the budget, but within RCS are referred to as EAF Youth. In FY 2023, the Office of Development (OYD) transitioned to be administered through the Office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhood (OSHN) and youth EAF will be administered through OSHN.