Workforce Development Partners

The availability of up to $300,000 in economic development grants was authorized by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council in the fiscal year 2018 adopted budget for the purpose of providing economic and workforce development services to supplement and support the work of the Urban County Government.  

The FY18 application process will be the application process for a 2-year funding cycle (FY18 – 19). 

The award for FY19 will be awarded contingent on approval of the funds in the FY19 Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government budget cycle and contingent on each agency completing their respective grant outcomes. 

The acknowledgment of this contingency will be agreed-upon by all awarded agencies in all grant award contracts.

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FAQ's - Economic Development Grant

Workforce development partners map



The purpose of the grant is to provide economic and workforce development services to supplement and support the work of the Urban County Government. Funding this cycle will impact workforce areas of:

  1. Training/retraining;
  2. Employment entry/re-entry. 

Programming information

Programming for all agencies will begin on July 1, 2017 and commence on June 30, 2018.  Agencies funded for this year are listed below and contain a summary of the training provided as well as contact information for referral purposes.

Agency Funding Amount Programming Contact Information
Urban League / Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) $37,500 Certified Fiber Optic Technician training courses to teach participants to install, terminate, and test fiber optic networks. Soft skills training will also be provided.

Urban League:
Annissa Franklin,
(859) 233-1561, ext. 204

Pam Hatcher,
(859) 246-6788

Jubilee Jobs $20,000

2-week, 7-step employment assistance program: provides one-on-one professional resume preparation, mock interviews, job preparation and conflict resolution workshops.


Cary Plummer
(859) 977-0128,

Building Institute of Central Kentucky $20,000 Classroom, lab training, and licensure for HVAC, plumbing, electric, carpentry, and property maintenance. Will also provide training for: OSHAL 10, First Aid, CPR, and EPA608.

Bruce Maybriar 
(859) 273-5117, ext. 33

Opportunity for Work & Learning (O.W.L.) $20,000

Forklift or Customer Service Representative Skills Certifications, job readiness, and soft skills training provided

Margaret Corneilson
(859) 254-0576

Hospice of the Bluegrass (Bluegrass Care Navigators) $20,000

Certified Nurse Aid (CNA) certification and State Competency Evaluation test.

Sandy Gowdy 
(859) 296-0513

FoodChain $20,000

On-The-Job training to participants in FoodChain’s processing kitchen (culinary methods, employability soft skills, health department requirements, etc.).

Becca Self
(859) 428-8380,

Build Inclusion Inc., / Easter Seals Cardinal Hill /

Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky

$12,500 Training for high school students and youth with disabilities in the areas of career-readiness, job exploration and self-advocacy. Assistance with job shadowing, internship opportunities and supported employment services will be also be offered.

Annette Jett 
(859) 221-6689,


Economic Development grant application 2020

Note: The grant application cycle for FY21 closed on Jan. 13, 2020. 

2020 grant policies and guidelines


2020 Grant Application Workshop PowerPoint

Grant timeline

Notification of grant RFP timeline is posted,

‘Save The Date’ and Eventbrite link is posted for grant workshop

Dec. 6, 2019
Grant guidelines and application posted Dec.16, 2019
Public grant workshop Dec. 19, 2019
Application submission due date Jan. 13, 2020
Applications scored by committee and recommendations readied Jan. 31, 2020
Recommendations are made to the Economic Development Investment Board Feb 4, 2020
Presentation made to the Budget, Finance & Economic Development Committee Feb. 25, 2020
Announcement of grant award recipients / Funds dispersed March 2020
Programs will be tracked July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021