Whitesburg KY

ARC grant deadline extended

The Center for Rural Development in Somerset has extended the deadline for submitting applications for grant-funding support from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for community strategic planning.

The Center’s “Developing and Implementing Community Strategies Program” will accept applications for a first-round ARC mini-grant funding through Jan. 15 from local governments in cities and counties in southern and eastern Kentucky.

In 2010, $145,000 in ARC mini-grants will be given to communities to encourage and support improved community strategic planning throughout the region. Mini-grants for the creation of a strategic plan or the implementation of priority community development projects identified in existing strategic plans are available.

The use of technology solutions in the implementation and execution of these plans and projects is also encouraged. Individual project awards will range from $5,000 up to a maximum of $10,000. All projects must be completed within a six-month period.

Grants are expected to be awarded in February. The application period for the second cycle of funding will be announced at a later date.

Counties eligible to apply for ARC funding support are: Bath, Bell, Breathitt, Casey, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Estill, Floyd, Harlan, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Menifee, Monroe, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Rockcastle, Russell, Wayne, Whitley, and Wolfe. Cities within those counties may also apply.

For more information, visit www.centertech.com.

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