Louisville Metro Government will begin accepting applications for External Agency Fund grants Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 8 a.m. for the service period of FY19 (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019). 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. 

All agencies wishing to submit an application are required to have at least one representative participate in a mandatory application orientation.  The mandatory orientation is available thru this video link and will provide information about the deadlines, how to access the application and general information about the application.

The 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 the Louisville Metro Department of Economic Development. The External Agency Fund grants 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 FY19 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, non-profits committed to providing arts and cultural attractions and opportunities to the Louisville community are encouraged to apply. Eligible arts and creative industries organizations should demonstrate how a program supports the following primary focus areas of Mayor Fischer's Strategic Plan:

Economic development initiatives related to arts and creative industries
Creative place making and arts-based programs in neighborhoods that have experienced disinvestment
Opportunities for citizens to access and engage with visual, performing and other arts experiences 

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 their success in meeting goals and outcomes.

The guidelines link for Social Services funding program:

FY 2019 RCS Guidelines

The application link for Social Services funding program:

FY2019 RCS Application

The guidelines link for Arts and Creative Industries funding program:

FY 2019 Arts and Creative Industries Guidelines

The application link for Arts and Creative Industries funding program:

FY 2019 Arts and Creative Industries Application


The deadline to submit an application is Friday, February 9, 2018 by 5 p.m.

Please submit all questions to EAF@louisvilleky.gov.  

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