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Grants available for road projects using rubber-modified asphalt; applications due April 1

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet will provide up to $500,000 in grant funding for local road projects that utilize rubber-modified asphalt, rubber from finely ground waste tires. Grants are available to county or metro government entities. Applications must be received by April 1. Money for these projects comes from the Kentucky Waste Tire Trust Fund, which receives $2 from every new tire...

Nearly $1 million in grants awarded to 21 Kentucky counties to clean up illegal open dumps

Gov. Andy Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman announced approximately $955,000 in grant funding has been awarded for the cleanup of 121 illegal dumps in 21 counties across the Commonwealth. “Illegal dump sites are a blight on this beautiful state of ours,” Beshear said. “Cleaning these will not only restore properties but will provide a healthier environment for...

Quarles encourages Kentucky Proud members, local organizations to apply for promotional programs

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles is encouraging Kentucky Proud members and local organizations to apply for three Kentucky Proud promotional programs. “Kentucky Proud grant programs help promote the Commonwealth’s local foods and agricultural products,” Quarles said. “As a result, these grants also help Kentucky family farms and agricultural businesses succeed. The aim of these grants...

Free ‘Getting the Facts’ report from KHEAA will help Kentucky families with college search

Kentucky students and their families can get a free, personalized “Getting the Facts” report to help them choose the right college. The report is provided by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). “Getting the Facts” provides estimates of how much the family can expect to spend and how much financial aid the student may receive. Students can get estimates for up to six...

Thoroughbred Charities of America announces grants of $475,000 awarded to 64 organizations

Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) announced Tuesday that grants totaling nearly $475,000 have been awarded to 64 approved organizations that provide Thoroughbred aftercare and incentive programs, equine-assisted therapies, and health and human services for backstretch and farmworkers. Grant recipients from the last three years can be found on www.tca.org. One of TCA’s grants is to the Retired...

New Vocations receives $30,000 in grants from ASPCA as part of Help a Horse Home Challenge

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program has received a total of $30,000 from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals as part of its annual Help a Horse Home Challenge. The nationwide competition for equine rescues, shelters and sanctuaries is designed to increase equine adoptions around the country. New Vocations earned a $25,000 prize for placing first in Division D and an...

Ky. Foundation for Women awards more than $54,000 in grants to feminist artists, arts organizations

The Kentucky Foundation for Women gave one-time grants for feminist artists and arts organizations to use their artmaking to build power for women and girls and inspire action towards a future democracy grounded in equity and inclusive engagement. The grants were offered in addition to KFW’s regular grant programs. Ten grants totaling $54,508 were given. “These artists will help change the stories...

Ag Commissioner Quarles announces grants to 25 Kentucky food pantries as part of Hunger Initiative

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced 25 Kentucky food pantries will have additional cold storage space, thanks to grants from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA). Ag Commissioner Quarles celebrates grant awards to Kentucky food pantries. “We launched the Hunger Initiative nearly three years ago to look for solutions to food insecurity in Kentucky,” Agriculture Commissioner...

Rural Blog: Appalachian Regional Commission grants $22.8 million to diversify coal country

The Appalachian Regional Commission has announced $22.8 million in grants meant to help the economies of 33 Appalachian communities in nine states hurt by the coal industry’s decline. The awards come from the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization Initiative; here’s a list of the biggest awards: Regional workforce council West Alabama Works in Tuscaloosa,...

KY Division of Waste Management offering grants for recycling, composting, hazardous waste programs

The Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management is accepting grant applications for projects that develop an integrated recycling infrastructure, including public education programs, and for composting projects and household hazardous waste (HHW) collection events.   “These grants have been very successful in helping counties deal with their household hazardous waste, get some...

‘Plant for the Planet’ grant applications open for LG&E/KU program, matching grants for tree plantings

Applications are being accepted for “Plant for the Planet” grants from Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company. The grants fund qualified tree plantings by nonprofit or government entities. The Plant for the Planet grant program awards matching grants in amounts of $500 to $5,000 to organizations with a history of successful tree plantings in the LG&E and...

Division of Waste Management taking applications for illegal dumping and litter abatement grants

The Kentucky Division of Waste Management is calling for grant applications for two of its signature programs, illegal dump cleanup and litter cleanup along public roads. “These popular grant programs have played an important role in maintaining the natural beauty of communities across the commonwealth and in helping improve Kentuckian’s quality of life,” said EEC Secretary Charles Snavely. Since...

Lexington Division of Central Purchasing to host Construction Business Connection Feb. 21

The Lexington Division of Central Purchasing is hosting a Construction Business Connection Event on Wednesday, Feb. 21 as an opportunity for construction companies to get a sneak peek of upcoming LFUCG projects. The event is free, but pre-registration is required by visiting kysbdc.ecenterdirect.com. This event, for construction trades only, will be held from 3 – 5 p.m. in the third-floor conference...

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet awards 13 grants for bicycle, pedestrian projects; Fayette gets three

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Secretary Greg Thomas has announced $85,780 in grants to improve bicycle and pedestrian initiatives. The grants are administered by the Kentucky Bicycle and Bikeway Commission through the Paula Nye Memorial Bicyclist and Pedestrian Education Grant program. The grants are awarded to organizations, groups and local governments for bicycling or pedestrian awareness,...

Energy and Environment Cabinet awards grants of more than $1.6 million to innovative energy projects

Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely has announced that seven organizations will share more than $1.6 million in grant funding to promote efficient technologies and practices in public and private-sector buildings. Recipients include education, utility service, local government, and waste water treatment organizations. “These projects represent innovative initiatives that provide...

ARC approves $300,000 grant for Clay City water tank, $250,000 for hospital equipment in Irvine

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) approved a grant for $300,000 to Clay City, KY to replace a 50,000-gallon water storage tank with a new 150,000-gallon water tank. “I am pleased the ARC approved funding for this new capacity water tank for the residents of Powell County,” said Commissioner Sandra Dunahoo at the Department for Local Government. “The new tank and upgraded pump station...

Transportation grants from Kentucky State Parks Foundation support student trips

Students from six Kentucky schools are taking field trips to a Kentucky State Park thanks to a transportation grant from the Kentucky State Parks Foundation.   Elliott County students take a cave tour at Carter Caves State Resort Park. (Photo provided) The KSPF’s “Inside Out Education” initiative allows schools to seek the grants that allow students to learn about the environment, history...

Filing for FAFSA early gives students better chance; given on first-come, first-served basis

  Kentucky students planning to attend an in-state college or university this fall should file the 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid as soon as possible. Filing early increases a student’s chance of receiving a state need-based grant administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority. The FAFSA is available here.   A student attending a college or university...

10 organizations receive arts assistance grants from the Ky. Arts Council to serve seniors

  The Kentucky Arts Council is awarding more than $50,000 to 10 community organizations that will provide hands-on arts programming to people 65 and older in its second round of funding through the Arts Access Assistance Grant.   “Creative aging and lifelong learning in the arts” was the theme for the fiscal year 2015 grant cycle.   Arts Access Assistance Grants support arts...