Flex-E-Grants provide a critical resource for communities to plan and implement projects that address local and regional development efforts. Funds serve to improve economic conditions within distressed counties by developing local and regional leadership, supporting long-term visioning and strategic planning, and laying foundations for more intensive investments and interventions.
For the 2017 cycle of Appalachian Regional Commission Flex-E-Grants, Brushy Fork Institute and The Center for Rural Development collaborated on the design of funding guidelines and joint release of a request for proposals. Funding guidelines were designed to encourage applicants to consider the strategic investment goals of ARC’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan and develop effective responses to the economic transition underway in the region.
57 applications, representing 30 economically distressed Appalachian counties, were submitted in response to the request for proposals. 11 of these proposals represented multi-county efforts.
Upon completion of a thorough committee review, 22 projects were funded at a total of $183,100 in grants funds with $84,000 in matching contributions, consisting of cash and in-kind support provided locally.
These grants were awarded in economically distressed counties, as designated by the Appalachian Regional Commission, including the following: Carter, Clay, Cumberland, Estill, Harlan, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Lawrence, Lee, Letcher, Magoffin, Menifee, Metcalfe, Morgan, and Whitley.
Three additional multi-county projects with a regional development focus will have beneficiaries and impacts within the counties of Bell, Breathitt, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Owsley, Perry, Powell, Whitley, and Wolfe.
7 project awards were made within Kentucky Promise Zone counties. These projects collectively amount to $59,250 in grant awards: one-third of total awards.
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2017 KY ARC Flex-E-Grant Funded Projects – FINAL