Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative

  • This new $100 million statewide bond program is aimed at building a highly trained, modernized workforce in the Commonwealth to meet the needs of employers and promote sustainable incomes for Kentuckians

Eligible projects include:

  • Construction and equipping of a new facility for the purpose of providing workforce training and education
  • Renovation or upgrade of an existing facility
  • Purchase of new or upgraded equipment, software and furnishings

Applicant Partnerships

Eligible applicants are public-private partnerships which shall include:

  • Private sector employers
  • High schools or secondary technical schools
  • Postsecondary institutions

Applicants are encouraged to include broad partnerships, such as the partners listed above, local elected officials, workforce development agencies and economic development partners collaborating on a project designed to provide the necessary facilities, equipment, programs and curriculum to train and educate workers to meet the workforce needs of Kentucky’s employers now and in the future.

Eligible Costs and Funding

Work Ready Skills Initiative proposals should create, maintain and promote higher wage and sustainable career opportunities. Work Ready Skills Initiative funds may be provided for up to ninety percent of the total project investment.

Eligible costs include:

  • Land acquisition
  • Facility construction, improvements and renovation
  • Equipment and furnishings
  • Marketing expenses for the first year of the project

A partner educational institution will be the owner of the building and fixed assets associated with the project and will be responsible for future maintenance and support.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The Process & Timeline

A new application period will occur every 6 months when funding is available. Applications will include a pre-application screening prior to the submission of a full application.

  • July 13 Application process announced and posted online.
  • July 18 Webinar to provide technical assistance and answer questions.
  • August 12 First round pre-applications due.
  • September Work Ready Skills Advisory Committee reviews pre-applications and invites applicants to complete and submit the full project application.
  • October 19 Full applications due.
  • November Work Ready Skills Advisory Committee reviews full project applications and approves selected projects.​
  • December Funding available.



1​/31/17 WRSAC Executive Committee Meeting

12/08/16 WRSAC Executive Committee​ Meeting: Agenda​

11/18/16 WRSAC Meeting: Agenda​ |​ 

11/09/16 WRSAC Meeting: Agenda |​ Video​ |​ Minutes

9/14/16 WRSAC Meeting:​ Agenda | Video |

Executive Order | Webinar | PowerPoint​ 

For more information, please contact the Education & Workforce Development Cabinet at (502) 564-0372 or​