City's External Agency Fund Applications Now Open

January 13, 2017

Grants available to social services and arts and creative industry organizations

Louisville Metro Government will begin accepting External Agency Fund applications today, Friday, January 13, 2017 for FY18 (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018). These General Funded grants are awarded to 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 on the External Agency Fund (EAF) website at https://louisvilleky.gov/government/external-agency-fund.  The orientation 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 Department of Community Services (LMCS), and for Arts and Creative Industries programs, administered by the Louisville Metro Department of Economic Development. 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 FY18 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, 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 on their success in meeting goals and outcomes.

The deadline to submit an application is Friday, February 10, 2017 by 5 p.m.

For more information about EAF, and to access the application orientation, visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/external-agency-fund.  Please submit all questions to EAF@louisvilleky.gov.