FRANKFORT, KY (STL.News) The Kentucky School Facilities Construction Commission (SFCC) is now accepting applications for $ 75 million grants for the modernization of vocational schools – which is part of the government. Andy Beshear‘s Better Kentucky Plan, which helps create opportunities for families in all corners of the Commonwealth.
“Vocational schools play a crucial role in preparing our employees for the jobs of today and tomorrow,” Governor Beshear said. “My administration will always put education first, and that includes making sure our school facilities have the structural upgrades and technology necessary to serve our students in the future.”
Governor Beshear, through a bipartisan deal with state lawmakers earlier this year, aims to create 14,500 new jobs and help the Commonwealth lead 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 should be emailed to [email protected] by the August 13 deadline and mailed to 700 Louisville Road, Carriage House, Frankfort, KY, 40601. Incomplete applications will not be taken. considered for financing.