Flex-E-Grant Recipients and Projects | December 2008

Following is a list of Flex-E-Grant recipients and project descriptions awarded in December 2008 for projects that took place from January 2009 through June 2009.

Community Capacity Building Initiative
Bridge 41, Inc. | Clay County, Kentucky 
A community based development group will be formed that will consist of 10 adults and 10 youth. A Clay County Ressource Guide will be distributed to the citizens of Clay County. Through an asset mapping session, three priorities will be identified and focus groups will be formed to pursue the development or enhancement of programs and services to address these priorities.

Elliott County Leadership Project
Gateway Resource Conservation & Development Council | Elliott County, Kentucky 
According to the department of travel, tourism is the third leading industry in Kentucky, and in 2002 tourism grew more in Elliott than in any other county in Kentucky. The goal of this project is to expose Elliott County leaders to successful rural communities through workshops and a four-day study tour to rural North Carolina with Becky Anderson, former executive director of HandMade in America.

EC2 – Planning 2day for Estill County’s 2morrow 
Estill Development Alliance | Estill County, Kentucky 
Estill County will engage a representative group of residents who have an interest in planning the future of the community. This project will train them on how to become effective community leaders, aid them in identifying short-term immediate community projects and help them in implementing these projects. The long-term goal is to have a working strategic plan for Estill County.

Harlan 2020, A Community Development Foundation
Harlan County School System | Harlan County, Kentucky
Harlan County has a number of organizations and active citizens but no formal leadership program to help organize and bring these groups together for the betterment of the community. The County has contracted with the New Cities Institute to collaborate with leaders in Harlan County to develop a leadership training and facilitation program that will foster community collaboration. Throughout the program the group will be given hands on skills to use as they move forward in their work in the community. At least 50 people will be trained in the advance skills of community leadership.

Knott County – Learning, Leading and Growing
Appalachian Artisan Center of Kentucky, Inc. | Knott County, Kentucky 
This grant was awarded to advance a three-pronged effort: Early Childhood Dyslexia Intervention, the Artists’ Gathering 2009 and Nonprofit Leadership 101, These three workshops are focused on helping the involved organizations better identify and respond to community needs. The goals of the project are to increase the number of children who benefit from the intervention of evidence based strategies; to increase awareness among children, parents and teachers of the struggle and intervention needed for children who suffer from dyslexia; to provide tools that will increase the craft incomes of participating Knott County artists, to connect Knott County nonprofit leaders to each other, information and opportunities; and to provide tools that can increase the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations in the county.

Early Childhood Traditional Arts Program
Cowan Community Action Group, Inc. | Letcher County, Kentucky 
The purpose of this project is to promote and preserve traditional mountain arts into two early childhood centers, the Appalachian Early Childhood Center and the Cowan Head Start Center. Beginning in January there will be a minimum of 18 lessons in which preschool children are engaged in activities led by artists who excel in some form of traditional arts, such as music, dance or storytelling. The programs will also consist of at least 4 performances by the Kentucky Chautauqua Presenters.

Morgan County Community Leadership Program
Morgan County Fiscal Court | Morgan County, Kentucky
Morgan County has a strong group of leaders and active organizations; however, the community has not had a platform to hear from all the leaders or to have a way to develop an active and workable community strategic plan. This project will consist of four community meetings facilitated by the New Cities Institute, with the purpose of bringing together representation from all segments of Morgan County to identify community assets and initiatives. They will prioritize with a strategy to move the community forward and to build bridges through this program for the benefit of social, economic, educational and political segments of the community.

Updated Community 2009 Strategic Plan
Rockcastle County Development Board | Rockcastle County, Kentucky 
The purpose of this project is to update the community’s 2002 Strategic Plan by involving the community, county wide, in the development of input meetings, new projects, formation of task force committees, and the production and printing of new Master Strategic Plan binders.

Coal Camp Days Festival
Wheelwright Historical Society | Floyd County, Kentucky
The goal of this project is to support youth leadership development programs and encourage greater involvement of youth in community activities. In this community there is no formal leadership program, and so this project will consist of 12 weeks of training and workshops for students. The training will include areas of business plan development, business finance, developing business relationships, leadership development and event planning. These workshops and classes will provide students with the necessary skills to develop a regional festival to be held in June 2009, designed to become an annual event.