Whitesburg KY

Letcher can apply for ARC mini-grant

Letcher County is eligible to apply for funding support through The Center for Rural Development for an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) mini-grant for strategic planning or implementation of a community development plan identified through an existing communitybased strategic plan.

The Center for Rural Development, a non-profit community economic development organization headquartered in Somerset is accepting applications for grant proposals from 32 southern and eastern Kentucky counties after receiving a second round of funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). Counties listed by ARC as “distressed” for the 2008 fiscal year are eligible to apply for funding assistance in the form of mini-grants.

Through the Developing and Implementing Community Strategies program, The Center will be providing technical assistance and seed money. Communities can choose to apply for an implementation grant to implement portions of their existing comprehensive strategic plans or for a plan development grant to assist them in the creation of a comprehensive community-based strategic plan. All implementation grant projects will be drawn from a communitybased strategic planning process document.

Individual project awards range from $5,000 to a maximum of $20,000. Selected communities will be required to provide a local match of 20 percent in an amount relative to their grant award.

The deadline to file an application for funding support is Friday, Aug. 29. This will be for the project period of Oct. 15, 2008, to April 15, 2009. Grant projects must be completed six months from the award date. Recipients will be announced Sept. 26.

An application form and a list of application deadlines and timelines will be e-mailed to prospective applicants upon request. For more information, contact Pat Bradley, associate vice president of arts, culture and entertainment and Developing and Implementing Community Strategies program manager, at (606) 677-6000 or pbradley@centertech.com.

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