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 $1.5 million in program funds across 34 of Kentucky’s distressed Appalachian counties. By the end of 2014, this investment will total nearly $1.7 million.

From 2008-2014 the average grant award was $7,300. To date, 232 community projects have received funding through this program.

The table below identifies the 38 community capacity building projects approved for 2014 Flex-E-Grant funding. These projects represent $262,868 in total grant awards.

2014 Flex-E-Grant Awards

Funding CycleGranteeCounty / Area of FocusProject TitleProject Summary
Jan - June 2014Jim Blair Community Recreation CenterAdair / HealthCommunity 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
Jan - June 2014Discover Downtown MiddlesboroBell / Business Recruitment and IncubationMiddlesboro Makers MarketEstablish a Makers Market to promote the creation of small cultural businesses that can revitalize the downtown area
Jan - June 2014Grayson Area Chamber of CommerceCarter / Tourism, Including Arts and HeritageThe Traipsin' WomanSupport the creation and staging of a dramatic play that will showcase local heritage and promote area tourism
Jan - June 2014Healthy ClayClay / HealthImprovements and Additions to the Downtown Manchester Riverwalk TrailContinue implementation of a trail development plan to improve trail infrastructure along a local riverwalk
Jan - June 2014Stay in ClayClay / Tourism, Including Arts and HeritageWorth Our Salt Planter ProjectImprove downtown by involving community groups in the decoration and installation of 10 planters in the shape of salt kettles
Jan - June 2014Clay County Fiscal CourtClay / Tourism, Including Natural Resources, Arts, and HeritagePioneer Village Community StageInvolves community volunteers in constructing a primitive community stage as part of ongoing development of a historic pioneer village
Jan - June 2014Spread the Health AppalachiaMulti-County Effort: Clay, Jackson, Knox / HealthEstablishing or Growing Your Community CoalitionEstablish a mentoring program to guide regional communities in establishing a health coalition and in training new coalition leaders
Jan - June 2014Elliott County Heritage TeamElliott / Tourism, Including Arts and HeritageUsing Story and Song for Cultural Heritage TourismSupport the collection of oral histories in story, song, and photographs along rural highways undergoing major renovations
Jan - June 2014Tri-Cities Heritage Development CorporationHarlan / Regional Collaboration and IdentitySustainable 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
Jan - June 2014Jackson EnergyJackson / Education and RetrainingTechnical 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
Jan - June 2014Jackson County MinistriesJackson / Leadership and Youth EngagementAnnville Institute Artist Mentoring ProjectDevelop artistic skill and leadership qualities among youth as part of a summer arts program that enlists teens as student mentors
Jan - June 2014Jackson Tourism and Vision BoardJackson / Tourism, Including Natural Resources, Arts, and HeritageMcKee Trail Town ProjectProvide support for trail town development activities among members of local tourism and vision boards, including a community mural
Jan - June 2014Paintsville Tourism CommissionJohnson / Tourism, Including Natural Resources, Arts, and HeritagePaintsville Trail Town InitiativeSupport initial planning phase of trail town development activities including asset identification, collaborative planning, and the installation of trail signage
Jan - June 2014Johnson County District BoardJohnson / Tourism, Including Arts and HeritageJohnson 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
Jan - June 2014Knox County Health CoalitionKnox / HealthSandy 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
Jan - June 2014Knox Arts, Crafts and Humanities CouncilKnox / Education and RetrainingRichland InstituteSupport a summer arts camp to serve at-risk and economically disadvantaged youth and develop the skills of local artists and teachers through mentorship
Jan - June 2014Lewis County CARESLewis / Leadership and Youth EngagementPromising Futures for Lewis County YouthEstablish a children's theatre guild, provide multi-discipline art workshops for youth, and create a children's theatre production
Jan - June 2014Project Worth OutreachMenifee / Education and RetrainingGrandparent 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
Jan - June 2014Menifee Community Theatre GroupMenifee / Tourism, Including Arts and HeritageThe 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
Jan - June 2014Monroe County Board of EducationMonroe / Leadership Development and Youth EngagementArts 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
Jan - June 2014Foundation for Appalachian KentuckyPerry / Strategic PlanningInVision HazardHire an independent economic and community development consultant to assist with downtown revitalization planning efforts
Jan - June 2014Kentucky Music Hall of FameRockcastle / Tourism, Including Natural Resources, Arts, and HeritageBlazing 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
Jan - June 2014Downtown Campton Renaissance AllianceWolfe / Tourism, Including Arts and HeritageDowntown Quilted Wall ProjectProvide painting workshops that will help community members create a backdrop for a downtown park wall as part of ongoing revitalization efforts
Jan - June 2014Hazel Green CommunityWolfe / HealthHazel Green Park - Phase 2Support the development of a multi-use recreational area to serve as a place for the community to host public events
July 2014 - Jan 2015City of GraysonCarter / Implementation of Strategic PlanCommunity Activity ShelterEstablish a community activitiy shelter to provide a space for community events and programming as part of downtown development efforts outlined in the county's strategic plan
July 2014 - Jan 2015Heart & Soul Life CenterClay / Tourism, Including Arts and HeritageMuddy Gap Storytelling FestivalProvide support for establishing a storytelling festival with hopes of becoming an annual event that will support cultural heritage initiatives outlined in the county's tourism plan
July 2014 - Jan 2015City of Horse CaveHart / Business Recruitment and IncubationRetail Market Study UpdateHire an independent consultant to engage the community in updating a retail market study and action plan to be used as a tool for strengthening the local economy
July 2014 - Jan 2015Lee County Fiscal CourtLee / Tourism, Including Arts and HeritageMusical Heritage Center Feasibility StudyHire an independent consultant to complete a feasibility study regarding the repurposing of a regional business park as a multi-use area designed to promote tourism
July 2014 - Jan 2015Hyden Leslie Chamber of CommerceLeslie / Tourism, Including Arts and HeritageHyden Mural ProjectSupport downtown revitalization efforts via the creation of two public murals that will acknowledge the culture and heritage of Hyden and Leslie County
July 2014 - Jan 2015Lincoln County Public LibraryLincoln / Strategic PlanningLincoln County Strategic PlanningDevelop a comprehensive, county-wide strategic plan via a community-based planning process
July 2014 - Jan 2015Appalachia - Science in the Public InterestRockcastle / Education and RetrainingExpanding Non-Traditional Educational OpportunitiesSupport the creation of non-traditional learning environments within the areas of science and technology to provide hands-on experiences for students, families, and schools via field trips, public events, and professional development opportunities
July 2014 - Jan 2015Bell County School District for Lone Jack School CenterBell / Education and RetrainingBuilding Bridges to a Literacy CommunityProvide literacy learning opportunities for parents, students, and community members and help establish a community literacy coalition
July 2014 - Jan 2015Breathitt County Health Planning CouncilBreathitt / HealthFaithful Families Eating Smart and Moving MoreProvide support for implementing a faith-based health education curriculum via the church community, wherein faith leaders will be trained to assist families in improving eating habits and encouraging physical activity
July 2014 - Jan 2015Jackson County Development AssociationJackson / Strategic PlanningCommunity Housing Needs AssessmentHire an independent consultant to conduct a housing needs assessment for Jackson County to be used as a framework for improving housing conditions and increasing affordable local housing options for individuals unable to obtain a home mortgage
July 2014 - Jan 2015Knox County School DistrictKnox / Leadership Development and Youth EngagementLearning Linked to ServiceSupport development of a service program that incorporates learning and service opportunities for at-risk students and addresses unmet community needs
July 2014 - Jan 2015Cowan Community Action GroupLetcher / Tourism, Including Arts and HeritageCowan Community Theater ProjectSupport the preservation and celebration of local culture and heritage through writing and staging a community-based play developed from collected oral histories
July 2014 - Jan 2015Foundation for Appalachian KentuckyPerry / Education and RetrainingVicco Community Fund: Investing in Our FutureHire an independent consultant to provide training in the areas of project management, fundraising, and establishing endowments for the Vicco Community Fund Board
July 2014 - Jan 2015Village of BuckhornPerry / Strategic PlanningMapping Our FutureSupport the completion of a community mapping assessment and the creation of a comprehensive strategic plan for cooperation, shared use, availability, and intention in relation to tourism and community development for the Village of Buckhorn
These 38 community capacity building projects were approved for 2014 Flex-E-Grant funding. These projects represent $262,868 in total grant awards.

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