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January 25, 2022

Now accepting ARC mini-grants

Click here to download the proposal form, guidelines and overview of the mini-grant program, and budget worksheet

Are you interested in applying for an ARC mini-grant?
The Center for Rural Development is issuing a call for grant applications for the next round of funding available through the Appalachian Regional Commission’s (ARC) mini-grant program.

The mini-grant (sometimes referred to as FLEX-E-Grant) program is open to qualified local units of government and non-profit entities in 35 ARC-designated economically distressed counties for capacity building planning and implementation projects.

Grants are competitive and subject to approval for up to $10,000; require a 20 percent match of total project costs; and are to be completed within a six-month timeframe. Mini-grants are available on a reimbursement basis only.

Is your county eligible to apply?
Counties within The Center’s 45-county primary service area that were designated as economically distressed by ARC for fiscal year 2021 are eligible to apply for the KY mini-grant program.

Eligible counties include:  Adair, Bath, Bell, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clay, Clinton, Elliott, Estill, Floyd, Harlan, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Wayne, Whitley, and Wolfe.

Deadline to apply is Feb. 25
All proposals must be submitted to The Center by 3 PM (EST) on Feb. 25. Digital files are preferred and may be emailed to [email protected].

For more information or questions about the application process, please call 606-677-6000 or email [email protected] 

Virtual Planning Workshop on Jan. 27 (10 AM-11 AM)
Join our virtual workshop to go over The Center’s ARC Mini Grant guidelines, the budget form, and proposal form. You will have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the program and how to submit your proposal.

The Center for Rural Development administers program funds in partnership with the Kentucky Department for Local Government (DLG) and the ARC.


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