City's External Agency Fund Applications Opens on February 25

February 17, 2016

Louisville Metro Government will begin accepting External Agency Fund applications on Thursday, February 25, 2016 for FY17 (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017). 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 orientation webinar.  There will be a live webinar held on Feb. 25 at 10:30 a.m. The session is approximately 90 minutes and will cover eligibility, the application process, and provide instructions for the on-line application. Interested applicants who are unable to participate at this time should contact the EAF team to make alternative arrangements. To register for the webinar, please contact the External Agency Fund (EAF) staff at [email protected] and include your name, email address, and agency name.

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 FY17 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 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, March 18, 2016 by 5 p.m.

For more information about EAF, visit  Please submit all questions to [email protected].  

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