Description: The Public Facilities Branch provides funding to primarily develop Kentucky’s water and wastewater systems. As part of the Commonwealth’s allocations from the CDBG program, these projects have been allocated $6,500,000 estimate for 2019 with the maximum amount of $1,000,000 of CDBG funding per community. Self-help grants (maximum amount of $250,000 per project) are funded under this branch.

Eligibility: All cities and counties are eligible to apply for the funds with the exception of Ashland, Bowling Green, Covington, Elizabethtown, Henderson, Hopkinsville, Lexington-Fayette County, Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government, and Owensboro. These entitlement communities receive CDBG funds directly from HUD.

Dates: The application submission dates typically run April through August.

Description: The DRA created the Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF) to target physical infrastructure projects that help build safer, more resilient communities in the Delta region. With the addition of the CIF to DRA’s portfolio of funding opportunities, DRA will have increased flexibility to support states and communities as they address the unmet infrastructure needs in the region. CIF investments can be used for projects that address flood control, basic public infrastructure development, and transportation infrastructure improvements.

Eligibility: Entities eligible to apply for CIF funding include: State and Local Governments (state agencies, cities, counties/parishes), Public Bodies, Non-profit Organizations

Dates: Application Cycle generally runs March through June.

Description: The Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program provides funding for rural projects through local utility organizations. USDA provides zero-interest loans to local utilities which they, in turn, pass through to local businesses (ultimate recipients) for projects that will create and retain employment in rural areas. The ultimate recipients repay the lending utility directly. The utility then is responsible for repayment to USDA.

Eligibility: To receive funding (which will be forwarded to selected eligible projects), an entity must be:

  • A former Rural Utilities Service borrower who borrowed, repaid or pre-paid an insured, direct or guaranteed loan.
  • Nonprofit utilities that are eligible to receive assistance from the Rural Development Electric or Telecommunication Programs.
  • Current Rural Development Electric or Telecommunication Programs borrowers.

Description: Types of Projects that get funded include Sewer collection lines, new Wastewater Treatment Plants, Stormwater Projects, Detention Basins, etc. Click on the link above to view the interest rates and other repayment information.

Eligibility: Must be for wastewater treatment facilities that comply with the Clean Water Act. Project must be included on the project priority list in the Intended Use Plan for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan program.

Description: Types of Projects that get Funded: Waterline replacements, Waterline Extensions, New Water Storage Tanks, Pumps, new Water Treatment Plants and Treatment Upgrades, Generators, Water Meters, etc. Clink on the link above to view the interest rates and other repayment information.

Eligibility: Governmental agencies, other than federal agencies, for facilities necessary to achieve or maintain compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act or to protect public health. Borrower must demonstrate financial, managerial, and technical capacity. Project must be included on the project priority list in the Intended Use Plan for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund loan program.

Description: Also known as the Infrastructure Revolving Fund, was established in 1989 under 200 KAR 17:010 and provides for the construction or acquisition of infrastructure projects (both water and wastewater) through low-interest state funded loans.  The interest rate structure mirrors those of the SRF programs.  Fund B projects are funded on a case-by-case basis, first come, first served. Clink on the link above to view the interest rates and other repayment information.

Eligibility: The applicant must be a governmental agency and the project must be financially feasible as determined by KIA staff.

Description: The Fund C loan program makes loans from accumulated program assets with the capability to issue bonds to increase program capacity.  The interest rate is set each year at the start of the SFY and often differs from the standard SRF rates.  Similar to Fund B, projects are funded on a case-by-case basis, first come, first served. Clink on the link above to view the interest rates and other repayment information.

Eligibility: The applicant must be a governmental agency and the project must be financially feasible as determined by KIA staff.

Description: EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) programs provide economically distressed communities and regions with comprehensive and flexible resources to address a wide variety of economic needs. Projects funded by these programs will support work in Opportunity Zones and will support the mission of the Department by, among other things, leading to the creation and retention of jobs and increased private investment, advancing innovation, enhancing the manufacturing capacities of regions, providing workforce development opportunities, and growing ecosystems that attract foreign direct investment. The award floor is $100,000, and the award ceiling is $30,000,000.

Eligibility: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification), Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, County governments, Special district governments
City or township governments, Private institutions of higher education, State governments

Dates: Rolling application.

Description: The Flood Control Match Program is administered by the Department for Local Government, Office of Federal Grants. The program uses state bond funds (Capital Budget) as grants to help meet cost-share match requirements associated with projects funded by federal sponsors. Some examples are, but not limited to, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and USDA Rural Development (RD). The type of projects previously funded include acquisition and relocation of homes from flood prone areas, construction and reconstruction of floodwalls and small dams, debris removal from creeks and small rivers and elevation of structures located in flood plains. The fund has also been used to participate in flood studies for future projects (Ex: stream flow gauges and flood inundation maps).

The standard matching process requires a local match along with federal funds from a federal agency. The state flood control funds are used to assist local communities (grantees) with the required local match funds. Typically, DLG will assist in funding the local match requirement by a rational percentage of federal funds allocated for the total project amount. DLG encourages the grantee to include as many funding sponsors possible including federal, state, and local agencies, private sector, and/or any entities that will benefit from the flood control project.    

Eligibility: Cities, Counties and Area Development Districts are eligible.

Dates: Applications are accepted year-round. There must be a legally binding agreement with the federal sponsor(s) attached with the application. The application must also include a resolution from the local government authorizing their elected official (Judge/Mayor) to apply for the grant. There is no maximum grant amount, but the request must be within reason based on the scope of the project and committed funds by additional agencies. A local match is required but may be negotiated based upon various circumstances. Applications can be accessed through DLG’s website under “Grants” – “Federal Grants” – “State Flood Control Matching Grant”. ***NOTE*** Even though state funds are used for the match, the Flood Control Match Program is still administered through the Office of Federal Grants. Once DLG receives an application, it is reviewed by staff, and forwarded to the Commissioner. The Commissioner shall administer and determine the disbursement of funds.  

Description: The FMA grant program was created as part of the National Flood Insurance Reform Act (NFIRA) of 1994 with the goal of reducing or eliminating claims under the NFIP. Consistent with Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-141), the FMA grant program is focused on mitigating repetitive loss (RL) properties and severe repetitive loss (SRL) properties.

Eligible expenditures include:

  • Advance Assistance
    • Funding will be provided to develop mitigation strategies and obtain data to prioritize, select, and develop viable community flood mitigation projects. This design work will facilitate viable projects for future grant applications.
  • Community Flood Mitigation Projects
    • The remaining set aside will fund projects for proven techniques that integrate cost effective natural floodplain restoration solutions and improvements to NFIP-insured properties that benefit communities with high participation and favorable standing in the NFIP.

Match requirements are generally 25% unless SRL/RL. There is no specified length of grant.

Eligibility: Generally, local communities will sponsor applications on behalf of homeowners and then submit the applications to their State.  The following is a list of governments that can sponsor an application:

  • States
  • Territories
  • Federally recognized tribes
  • Local governments

Dates: Application period is typically September 30 through January 31. The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is posted on www.Grants.gov.

Description: The grant funding will be used for the application of chip seal or asphalt overlay to county or metro government roads. Chip seal is a road surface treatment that combines one or more layers of asphalt with one or more layers of fine aggregate and can extend the life of a road by four to eight years. Asphalt overlay is a new layer of asphalt applied over an existing asphalt surface and can extend the road life by seven to ten years.

Eligibility: To be eligible for this grant, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have the legal authority to construct and operate the proposed project.
  • Have the ability to complete the project in compliance with the grant conditions.
  • The applicant and the person who will be managing the project shall not have received a final judgment or conviction of a state or federal environmental statute or regulation in the five (5) years before submitting the application and shall not have any outstanding violations of state or federal environmental statutes or regulations.

Dates: Typically, the application deadline is the beginning of April.