With more than $11,366.00 million dollars in grants and additional local government funding sources of $8,245.00 million dollars, the majority of the federal budget in government grants is put into the business sector every year as small businesses and large corporations are the foundation of the economic growth in Kentucky. There are 69,606 business establishments in the state of Kentucky, and they break down to the following:

Kentucky Business Sector Breakdown by Size:

  • 38,070 registered businesses in Kentucky have 0 to 4 employees. People who work at home with sole proprietorship are included in this breakdown.
  • 12,675 registered businesses in Kentucky have 5 to 9 employees.
  • 7,951 registered businesses in Kentucky have 10-19 employees.
  • 6,752 registered businesses in Kentucky have 20-99 employees.
  • 1,852 registered businesses in Kentucky have 100 to 499 employees.
  • Over 2,306 registered businesses in Kentucky have over 500 employees.

Kentucky Business Sector Breakdown in Service Industries:

  • 8,184 registered businesses in Kentucky are in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services sector.
  • 4,039 registered businesses in Kentucky are in the Administrative, Support, Waste Management, and Remediation Services sector.
  • 7,366 registered businesses in Kentucky are in the Accommodation and Food Services sector.
  • More than 9,617 registered businesses in Kentucky are also service orientated businesses but are not categorized to the above sectors.

If you are in the farming industry, you may be eligible to apply for small business grants as well. There are more than 85,000 farms in the state of Kentucky.

Starting and managing a small business in Kentucky is not an easy task. Over $51,716,876,000.00 US dollars are paid to employee salaries/payroll alone in the state of Kentucky and more than 26,023 businesses declare bankruptcy every single year. Although the federal government does not publically provide grants for starting and expanding a business, in Kentucky, some small business grants are given to business owners to start and grow their ventures, and grant recipients do not have to pay back the funding from government. Therefore, it makes sense to look into small business grants as one of your sources to fund your business.

To apply for business grants in Kentucky, contact Kentucky financial aid agencies, or

Access Applicant Portal

Current online applicants in Kentucky are browsing from the following cities: Pippa Passes, Sanders, Independence, Middleburg, Beauty, Somerset, Clay City, Elizabethtown, Harrodsburg, Mount Hermon

Recent State Funding Opportunities

Below is a list of opportunities recently published in the local state:

Funding Opportunity
Award Competition for Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Centers in the States of Kentucky, Nebraska, Rhode Island, and South Dakota (apply)

Funding Number: 2022 NIST MEP 01
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Category: Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Funding Amount: Case Dependent
Head Start/Early Head Start Grantee -- Communities in the state of Kentucky (apply)

Funding Number: HHS 2021 ACF OHS CH R04 1870
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - OHS
Category: Income Security and Social Services
Funding Amount: $10,786,902
Head Start and/or Early Head Start Grantee --The Cities of Hazard, Blackey, Hyden, Yerkes, Littcarr, Whitesburg, Jenkins, Stinnett, Emmalena, Wooton, Hindman, Topmost, Mayking and Yeaddiss, Kentucky (apply)

Funding Number: HHS 2020 ACF OHS CH R04 1700
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - OHS
Category: Income Security and Social Services
Funding Amount: $6,768,121
Head Start and/or Early Head Start Grantee -- The Cities of Shelbyville, Brooks, Shepherdsville, New Castle, Taylorsville, Eminence, Louisville, Warsaw, Owenton, and Mt. Washington, Kentucky (apply)

Funding Number: HHS 2020 ACF OHS CH R04 1669
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - OHS
Category: Income Security and Social Services
Funding Amount: $3,905,051
Early Head Start Expansion and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Grants -- The Cities of Covington, Newport, Erlanger and Florence, Kentucky (apply)

Funding Number: HHS 2020 ACF OHS HP R04 1754
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - OHS
Category: Income Security and Social Services
Funding Amount: $975,412
Kentucky ANS Management Plan (apply)

Funding Number: F19AS00322
Agency: Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service
Category: Environment, Natural Resources
Funding Amount: Case Dependent
Head Start and/or Early Head Start Grantee -- Jefferson County, Kentucky (apply)

Funding Number: HHS 2019 ACF OHS CH R04 1574
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - OHS
Category: Income Security and Social Services
Funding Amount: $16,084,288
Head Start and/or Early Head Start Grantee -- Breckinridge and Grayson Counties, Kentucky (apply)

Funding Number: HHS 2019 ACF OHS CH R04 1461
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - OHS
Category: Income Security and Social Services
Funding Amount: $3,318,532
Head Start and/or Early Head Start Grantee -- Bracken, Fleming, Lewis, Mason, and Robertson Counties, Kentucky (apply)

Funding Number: HHS 2019 ACF OHS CH R04 1449
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - OHS
Category: Income Security and Social Services
Funding Amount: $3,233,789

 

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