Better Kentucky plans to invest $ 75 million to renovate vocational schools

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FRANKFURT, Ky. – The Kentucky School Building Commission (SFCC) is now accepting applications for $ 75 million in grants to upgrade vocational schools

A bipartisan deal with state lawmakers earlier this year aims to create 14,500 new jobs and help the Commonwealth take the lead in the post-COVID economy. With the passage of bills at the end of the 2021 legislative session, more than $ 750 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds will be used to boost the state’s economy by building new schools , by providing drinking water and expanding access to broadband. To learn more, visit governor.ky.gov/betterky.

Eligible schools can request up to $ 10 million for renovations. Applications will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. EDT on Friday, August 13. The request has been sent to individual districts that qualify for this funding pool. Funding will be granted by SFCC on September 1.

Local Vocational Education Centers (LAVEC) which are district-managed vocational and technical education centers included in district installation plans are eligible to apply for funding to cover the cost of renovations, which include updating, enlargement, repair, replacement or reconstruction of a structure. Each district can only receive one grant.

Applicants will be scored on the following criteria:

  • Age of current vocational education institution;
  • Financial need;
  • Enrollment in job creation and training programs as a percentage of total district enrollments;
  • Unemployment rate by county in May 2021; and
  • Quality of planning and layout of district facilities.

Applications and supporting documents must be sent by email to [email protected] by the August 13 deadline and mailed to 700 Louisville Road, Carriage House, Frankfort, KY, 40601. Incomplete applications will not be considered for funding.

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