Multiple funding opportunities available through Louisville Metro Government

Louisville Metro Government recently issued multiple opportunities to fund initiatives focusing on workforce development and housing. Details are listed below for each opportunity.

This can be a lot to unpack, but we can help! With late January and early February deadlines, reach out to us right away so we can support your organization’s bid to serve these critical areas. Our team is ready and standing by. Learn more about our grant writing and research services.


According to a report released by Business First last Friday, Louisville Metro Government’s Accelerator Team issued two Requests for Application (RFA) to distribute $388 million in funds that meet the community’s most urgent needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Proposals will be accepted now through 3 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2022:

  1. Applications for the workforce development RFA should include an emphasis on equity – supporting all sizes of businesses and business owners that reflect a variety of backgrounds and demographics – with additional focus on:
    • 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
    • Increasing the city’s skilled trade workforce
  2. The small business RFA aims to support small business growth primarily in underserved communities or those especially impacted by COVID-19, with a focus on providing technical/consulting assistance to grow small businesses:
    • 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


Louisville Metro Government (LMG) will accept applications January 13 – February 3, 2022 for programs or activities seeking funding as sub-recipients to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grants listed below for fiscal year 2023 (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023):

  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
  • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
  • Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)

The Office of Resilience and Community Service (RCS) will accept applications for FY23 in the service categories listed below:

  • Homeless Services & Outreach – Legal; Medical; Outreach & Other
  • Day Shelter – All Persons; Men; Women
  • Domestic Violence Services
  • Homelessness Prevention – Legal Prevention Services; Other Prevention Service
  • HOPWA Services
  • Overnight Shelter Overnight Shelter
  • Rapid Rehousing and Relocation

Important timelines:

  1. Starting Wednesday, January 12, 2022 by 5 PM, Applications Guidelines may be viewed for reference.
  2. The application link will be available on SurveyMonkey Thursday, January 13, 2022, at 5 PM.
  3. The virtual, mandatory orientation will be held via WebEx Thursday, January 13, 2022, 10 AM – 12 PM.  A final public virtual meeting for questions will be held Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 11 AM – 12 PM.
  4. The deadline to apply is Thursday, February 3, 2022 by 5:00 PM.


Louisville Metro Government will accept External Agency Fund applications January 13 – February 3, 2022, for fiscal year 2023 (July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023). These grants, are awarded to non-governmental or “external” agencies that contribute to the city’s cultural, social and economic vitality, in alignment with the mayor’s strategic goals.

For the Social Services funding program, qualified nonprofits providing services for Louisville residents 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
  • Increasing access to services and resources for a targeted population

For the Arts and Creative Industries funding program, qualified nonprofits providing programs for Louisville residents in the following focus areas are encouraged to apply:

  • Arts experiences for everyone
  • Creative workforce
  • Creative community spaces and neighborhoods

Important timelines:

Don’t wait to take action!

These grant funding initiatives are a competitive process, so reach out now so our experienced grant writers, editors, and researchers can give your organization a hand up in the application process – we stand ready to assist you.