Louisville Metro solicits Requests for Applications for federal American Rescue Plan funding

January 10, 2022

Louisville Metro Government’s Accelerator Team has issued two Requests for Application (RFA) for Workforce Development proposal, including one specific to supporting and growing small businesses.

Workforce Development is one of the priorities areas for Louisville Metro Government (LMG) spending of American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds, as outlined by Mayor Greg Fischer and approved by Metro Council in August. LMG has been allocated $388 million in funds from the American Rescue Fund Act, approved by Congress to meet the most urgent needs of communities across the country as they rebuild from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

“The fundamentals of Louisville’s economy are strong, and we’re well positioned for recovery, with an intense focus on equity, with this infusion of unprecedented federal funding,” Mayor Fischer said. “We know that for us to competitively reposition for a digital economy and the job openings in our community, we must further invest in our workforce, including small businesses. We have to create an economic ecosystem that builds, supports and encourages businesses and business owners of all backgrounds and demographics.”

One of the RFAs issued this week seeks applications to address overall employment challenges, to strengthen Louisville’s economy and improve the lives of residents by:

Reducing unemployment or underemployment;

  • Developing skills needed for high-growth industries and a 21st century workforce;
  • Growing the city’s workforce to better meet the needs of current and future employers;
  • Realizing more competitive growth in technology jobs, as compared to peer cities;
  • Aligning job skills with projected growth in Louisville’s key sectors, especially healthcare and technology; and
  • Increasing the city’s skilled trade workforce.

Proposals will be accepted until 3 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2022, and a virtual information session for this RFA will be held tomorrow (Jan. 6) at:

https://louisvilleky.webex.com/louisvilleky/j.php?RGID=rcf267801d9b3b66…

 

The second RFA seeks to support the growth of small businesses primarily located in underserved communities or especially impacted by COVID-19. The focus is to provide technical/consulting assistance to grow small businesses that are:

  • Located within a qualified census tract (QCT), and/or;
  • Owned by a targeted population, including immigrants, disabled residents and those formerly incarcerated, and/or;
  • Industries especially impacted by COVID-19, such as tourism, travel and hospitality.

 Proposals for this RFA also will be accepted until 3 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2022, and a virtual information session for this RFA will be held tomorrow (Jan. 6) at:

https://louisvilleky.webex.com/louisvilleky/j.php?RGID=r1211edd06754127…

The first round of Louisville’s ARP funding went to COVID-related emergency needs, including $45.2 million for Public Health and eviction prevention.

Metro Council and Mayor Fischer then developed priority areas for future ARP spending: Public Safety; Public Health; Homelessness and Affordable Housing; Workforce Development; and Healthy Louisville/Healthy Neighborhoods.

In November 2021, the Mayor signed an ordinance approving the expenditure $182.4 million of ARP funding on critical initiatives to address public safety challenges and homelessness, build more affordable housing for the community, continue to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, and recognize the efforts of public employees.

For more information, visit www.louisvilleky.gov/accelerator.

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