- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Appalachian Regional Development Fund is now available to give local organizations opportunities to create regional economic impact.

The Independent (https://bit.ly/1Gb82ya ) reports the KARD fund is offering eastern communities the opportunity to apply for a maximum of $250,000 in grant money for projects including job creation and retention, entrepreneurship, tourism and economic diversity. Projects that present the greatest likelihood of economic impact in the region will be given priority.

The state legislature appropriated $2 million and the Shaping Our Appalachian Region Executive Board approved funding criteria and an official application process on Oct. 5.

“We’re excited to see what our communities are doing to impact important community challenges like job growth and leadership training,” said Jared Arnett, executive director of Shaping Our Appalachian Region. “Successful local initiatives can be replicated, and KARD grants are a good chance for the region to see what’s working.”

SOAR was established in 2013 by Gov. Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers to address the significant challenges confronting Appalachian Kentucky.

KARD will be administered through the Department for Local Government. The first round of applications is due Dec. 18.


Information from: The Independent, https://www.dailyindependent.com

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