City announces opportunity to apply for the External Agency Fund Competitive Grants

January 04, 2019

Grants available to social services and arts and creative industry organizations

Louisville Metro Government today announced the process to apply for the External Agency Fund for FY20 (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020). These grants funded through the city’s general fund are awarded to non-governmental, or "external” agencies that contribute to the city's cultural, social and economic vitality.

 A summary of the application process is as follows with more details listed below:

  • Applications are now posted online for review at
  • All applicants are required to attend a mandatory application orientation on Thurs., Jan. 10.
  • Applications may be submitted following the mandatory application orientation up until Fri, Feb. 8 at 5 p.m.

All agencies wishing to submit an application are required to have at least one representative participate in a mandatory application orientation. The orientation will be held on Thurs., Jan. 10 with two session options: one from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. and one from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Both sessions will take place at the South Central Regional Library located at 7300 Jefferson Blvd. It is only necessary for a representative to attend one of the sessions and no RSVP is required.

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 are not able to attend the mandatory orientation in person may view a recording of the session which will posted on the External Agency Fund (EAF) website at by close of business on Mon., Jan. 14.

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, and those recommendations will be included in Mayor Fischer’s Recommended FY20 Metro budget.

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

Focus areas for the Arts and Creative Industries funding program are based on the goals of Mayor Fischer’s Strategic Plan.

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 Fri., Feb. 8, 2019 by 5 p.m.

For more information about EAF, and to access the EAF applications and guidelines, visit

Please submit all questions to [email protected].  


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