Whitesburg KY

Grant applications sought

Local governments in southern and eastern Kentucky — including Letcher County — are eligible to apply for the latest cycle of Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) federally funded mini- grants awarded by The Center for Rural Development to advance strategic planning.

As part of its Developing and Implementing Community Strategies Program, The Center will accept grant applications from city and county governments and organizations through May 27. Grants are expected to be awarded in July.

This is the first of two grant solicitations by The Center in 2011 for funding to assist with either the creation of a strategic plan or the implementation of priority community development projects identified in existing strategic plans.

In 2011- 12, The Center will award a total of $145,000 in ARC strategic planning grants. Individual project awards range from $5,000 to a maximum of $10,000. All projects must be completed within a sixmonth period.

The Center, a nonprofit economic development organization based in Somerset, also is encouraging the use of technology solutions in the implementation and execution of these plans and projects.

Eligible grant activities include training for citizen leaders and local officials; projects that enhance leadership, planning and management capacity; use of professional services, such as a consultant; and community technology projects, such as broadband or development of a comprehensive community website.

For more information about the program or to seek grant applications, contact Patti Simpson at The Center at 606-677-6000 or via email at psimpson@centertech.com.

The application deadline for the second ARC funding cycle has not been scheduled, but will likely be in December 2011 with award recipients announced in February 2012.

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