Brushy Fork Institute

Flex-E-Grant Awards

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 was $7,593.

The table below identifies the 24 projects approved for funding during the most recent cycle of awards.

2014 Cycle I Flex-E-Grant Awards

Project Title
Project Summary
Jim Blair Community Recreation CenterAdairCommunity Park ImprovementImprove and promote usage of an existing park through adding benches and landscaping to create a space for families and seniors to participate in programmed activities
Discover Downtown MiddlesboroBellMiddlesboro Makers MarketEstablish a Makers Market to promote the creation of small cultural businesses that can revitalize the downtown area
Grayson Area Chamber of CommerceCarterThe Traipsin' WomanSupport the creation and staging of a dramatic play that will showcase local heritage and promote area tourism
Healthy ClayClayImprovements and Additions to the Downtown Manchester Riverwalk TrailContinue implementation of a trail development plan to improve trail infrastructure along a local riverwalk
Stay in ClayClayWorth Our Salt Planter ProjectImprove downtown by involving community groups in the decoration and installation of 10 planters in the shape of salt kettles
Clay County Fiscal CourtClayPioneer Village Community StageInvolves community volunteers in constructing a primitive community stage as part of ongoing development of a historic pioneer village
Spread the Health AppalachiaMulti-County Effort: Clay, Jackson, KnoxEstablishing or Growing Your Community CoalitionEstablish a mentoring program to guide regional communities in establishing a health coalition and in training new coalition leaders
Elliott County Heritage TeamElliottUsing Story and Song for Cultural Heritage TourismSupport the collection of oral histories in story, song, and photographs along rural highways undergoing major renovations
Tri-Cities Heritage Development CorporationHarlanSustainable Harlan CountySupport creation of a museum exhibit documenting multiple communities within Harlan County to foster community dialogue regarding the creation of a sustainable future for the county and its residents beyond coal
Jackson EnergyJacksonTechnical Training and Summer CampProvide a week-long, non-residential STEM and technical education summer camp for 20 high school students within a four county area
Jackson County MinistriesJacksonAnnville Institute Artist Mentoring ProjectDevelop artistic skill and leadership qualities among youth as part of a summer arts program that enlists teens as student mentors
Jackson Tourism and Vision BoardJacksonMcKee Trail Town ProjectProvide support for trail town development activities among members of local tourism and vision boards, including a community mural
Paintsville Tourism CommissionJohnsonPaintsville Trail Town InitiativeSupport initial planning phase of trail town development activities including asset identification, collaborative planning, and the installation of trail signage
Johnson County District BoardJohnsonJohnson County Cultural PreservationSupport the preservation and celebration of local culture and heritage through the creation of a community-based play developed from collected oral histories
Knox County Health CoalitionKnoxSandy Bottoms Gets a LiftImprove usability of a hike and bike nature trail through installing directional signage and making structural improvements to low-lying areas susceptible to flooding
Knox Arts, Crafts and Humanities CouncilKnoxRichland InstituteSupport a summer arts camp to serve at-risk and economically disadvantaged youth and develop the skills of local artists and teachers through mentorship
Lewis County CARESLewisPromising Futures for Lewis County YouthEstablish a children's theatre guild, provide multi-discipline art workshops for youth, and create a children's theatre production
Project Worth OutreachMenifeeGrandparent and Child Reading Project Provide literacy courses for families that consist of grandparents raising their grandchildren and also for other low literacy adults in the community
Menifee Community Theatre GroupMenifeeThe Story of Us In Black and WhiteHire a storytelling consultant to assist community members in gathering oral histories, developing a showcase of photographs, and creating a public art display to document local history and coincide with a local festival
Monroe County Board of EducationMonroeArts on MainImprove downtown areas by enlisting youth in the cleanup and repurposing of empty storefronts as spaces to host visual and dramatic arts workshops for youth
Foundation for Appalachian KentuckyPerryInVision HazardHire an independent economic and community development consultant to assist with downtown revitalization planning efforts
Kentucky Music Hall of FameRockcastleBlazing Trails to a Healthier CommunityEstablish a public trailhead and roadway bike trails that will connect multiple communities within the county and serve as a central recreation area for the community
Downtown Campton Renaissance AllianceWolfeDowntown Quilted Wall ProjectProvide painting workshops that will help community members create a backdrop for a downtown park wall as part of ongoing revitalization efforts
Hazel Green CommunityWolfeHazel Green Park - Phase 2Support the development of a multi-use recreational area to serve as a place for the community to host public events
These 24 community capacity building projects were approved for Flex-E-Grant funding for the period of January - June 2014. These projects represent $169,948 in total grant awards.

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