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More than $3.6 million in CARES Act reimbursements announced for 15 Western Ky. local governments

In collaboration with the Department for Local Government (DLG), Gov. Andy Beshear this week announced 15 western Kentucky governments have applied for and been granted $3,667,367 in reimbursements from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act for local governments with expenses related to COVID-19. Sixteen others have received preliminary approval, meaning they will receive reimbursements...

Kentucky cities, counties receive more than $5 million in grants to fund water, sewer projects

In collaboration with the Department for Local Government, Gov. Andy Beshear has announced more than $5 million in grants to six local governments for water and sewer projects across Kentucky. “I wish we could physically celebrate these awards together, but as we continue to keep Kentuckians safe from COVID-19, I am glad these projects will improve the quality of life for our families in these areas,”...

Beshear awards nearly $3 million in grants for improvement projects in Eastern Kentucky

Gov. Andy Beshear visited four Eastern Kentucky communities to present grants, support legislation to help miners and discuss key issues affecting Kentucky families including education and health care. In collaboration with the Department for Local Government (DLG) and the Transportation Cabinet, Beshear announced nearly $3 million for community improvement projects in Morehead, Sandy Hook and Louisa....

Department of Local Government names Larry Brown as field representative; will oversee 14 Ky. counties

The Department for Local Government (DLG) has named Larry Brown as a new field representative. In his new position, Brown will maintain a regular presence in 14 Kentucky counties, attending events and meeting with local officials on behalf of Gov. Matt Bevin and DLG Commissioner Sandra K. Dunahoo. Brown will serve the following counties: Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Franklin, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison,...

Applications being accepted for 2018 Community Development Block Grants; over $22 million available

The Department for Local Government (DLG) announces over $22 Million in funding opportunities for 2018 through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The CDBG program provides funds for public facilities, economic development, housing, public services, and community projects. “The 2018 CDBG funding cycle provides an excellent...

Department for Local Government accepting 2018 applications for Land Water Conservation Fund

The Department for Local Government announces the 2018 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) application is open to the Kentucky State Parks to assist in their endeavors to improve existing outdoor recreational facilities. This will allow the Commonwealth to meet the Kentucky Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreational Plan (SCORP) Strategic Goal in maintaining and enhancing the Kentucky State Park...

Department of Local Government accepting applications for 2018 Recreational Trails Program

The Department for Local Government (DLG) is currently accepting 2018 grant applications for the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), a federal assistance program funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). “Each year cities and counties have the opportunity to apply for this important federal assistance program that provides ongoing maintenance, restoration and development of trail systems...

‘Kentucky Leads’ the theme as officials gather for 42nd annual Governor’s Local Issues Conference

The 42nd annual Governor’s Local Issues Conference officially begins this week at the Galt House in Louisville, with a conference registration of over 850 locally elected officials, community leaders, and advocates. The official theme, “Kentucky Leads,” is a testimony to the historic developments and milestones already seen in 2017. “I am overjoyed at the start of the 42nd Annual Governor’s...

Save Money, Fix Stuff: Energy workshop for city, county officials set for March 22 in Hazard

To help Kentucky’s city and county governments save money by reducing energy, the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) and the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (UK CAER), in cooperation with the Kentucky Department for Local Government (DLG), are hosting a High Performance Public Facilities Workshop, March 22 in Hazard, Kentucky. Local government officials and others responsible...

Projects in Kenton, Henderson counties receive community development block grant funding

The Department for Local Government (DLG) approved funding for a $220,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the ongoing substance abuse and recovery programs at the Transitions Grateful Life Center in Erlanger. The center first opened in 2009 and utilizes a program model that includes peer support, daily living skills training, job responsibilities, and challenges to practice sober living....

Bevin announces $5.7 million in Community Development Block Grants for 13 projects

On behalf of Gov. Matt Bevin, Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton joined Department for Local Government (DLG) Commissioner Sandy Dunahoo in a Capitol rotunda ceremony to announce over $5.7 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for 13 new projects in Kentucky. These grants impact multiple regions and counties across the Commonwealth. “We are excited to announce 13 new Community Development Block...

City of Franklin receives $997,000 Community Development Block Grant for rail spur

The Department for Local Government (DLG) approved funding for a $997,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for construction of a rail spur off of the CSX railroad’s mainline to serve the Fritz Winter North America LP automotive parts plant, which is to be constructed in the Wilkey North Industrial Park in Franklin. Sen. David Givens commented on the grant, “I am pleased to hear the Fritz...

City of Sacramento receives $500,000 Community Development Block Grant for fire station

he Department for Local Government (DLG) approved funding for a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the City of Sacramento. Funds will be used for design and construction of a new fire station. The new station will have three (3) pull through double bays which will improve response time, as well as a training room and improved equipment storage. “This is a significant grant for...

Kentucky coal communities encouraged to apply for federal POWER Initiative development funds

The Department for Local Government is asking Kentucky’s coal communities to apply now for funds allocated through the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative to help their economic development efforts and workforce development. The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced the availability...

Bevin names governmental service veteran Dunahoo to lead state Department for Local Government

Sandra Dunahoo has been selected to serve as Commissioner of the Department for Local Government, Gov. Matt Bevin announced Tuesday. “I am excited to have Sandy joining our team in this critical role,” Bevin said. “Her depth of knowledge on funding streams and local projects will be a valuable resource for officials around Kentucky.” Dunahoo has more than 30 years of governmental...