FRANKFORT, KY – The Kentucky School Facilities Construction Commission (SFCC) is now accepting applications for $ 75 million in vocational school modernization grants.
“Vocational schools play a crucial role in preparing our employees for the jobs of today and tomorrow,” said Governor Andy Beshear. “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.”
Eligible schools can receive up to $ 10 million for renovations. Applications will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. EDT on Friday, August 13. Funding will be granted by SFCC on September 1.
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.
Funding for the grants comes from the Better Kentucky Plan. The plan uses more than $ 750 of federal funds provided by the American Rescue Plan Act to boost the state’s economy by building new schools, providing clean water and expanding broadband access.