ARC Flex-E-Grants for Kentucky’s Distressed Counties
The Flex-E-Grant (FEG) Program, designed by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), provides small investments in short-term projects that build community capacity to mobilize local resources, gain leadership experience, and strengthen community institutions and networks.
Grants are subject to approval for up to $8,000, require a 20 percent match of total project costs, and are to be completed within a 6-month timeline.
The FEG program was generated from the ARC’s initiative to enhance assistance to distressed counties, and each approved project must demonstrate beneficiaries in a distressed county. Flex-E-Grant funds are made available on a reimbursement basis only.
Please review the map of Counties Eligible to Apply for Flex-E-Grant Funding.
For more information about Flex-E-Grants, please download the grant guidelines and the proposal form from the Quick Links resources.
History of Funds
Brushy Fork has administered a portion of the KY ARC Flex-E-Grant program since 2008. Working in collaboration with ARC and the Kentucky Department for Local Government, Brushy Fork has administered more than $1.2 million in program funds across 28 of Kentucky’s distressed Appalachian counties. By the end of 2013, this investment will total more than $1.5 million. From 2008-2013 the average grant award totaled $7,593.
A sample of previously awarded grants and project descriptions is provided below.