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The Center extends application deadline for community planning grant

Cities and counties in Southern and Eastern Kentucky interested in submitting grant applications for federal funding support from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for community strategic planning will now have additional time to file those applications.

The Center for Rural Development in Somerset is extending the grant application deadline to July 30 to give prospective applicants more time to prepare and submit their proposals.

The grant applications are for the second cycle of ARC mini-grants to be awarded by The Center in 2010 through its Developing and Implementing Community Strategies Program. The grants advance economic and community development plans in a region comprised of 32 Southern and Eastern Kentucky counties recognized by the ARC.

Funds can be used for either the successful creation of a strategic plan or the implementation of priority community development projects identified in existing strategic plans. The Center also is encouraging the use of technology solutions in the implementation and execution of these plans and projects.

During this latest funding cycle, The Center has the potential to award $90,200 of the overall $145,000 in ARC funding support targeted for this year to communities to encourage and support improved community strategic planning throughout the region.

Six communities or organizations in Southern and Eastern Kentucky were awarded $54,800 in ARC mini-grants earlier this year in the first funding cycle to help grow the region’s economic development through strategic planning efforts.

Individual project awards range from $5,000 up to a maximum of $10,000. All projects must be completed within a six-month period.

For more information about the program or to seek grant applications, contact Patti Simpson at The Center, 606-677-6000, or Amy Stroud, community liaison and sales associate for The Center, at 606-875-4565, or via e-mails at psimpson@centertech.com or astroud@centertech.com.

Counties eligible to apply for ARC funding support through The Center include: 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.


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