- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

BEREA, Ky. (AP) - The Berea College Appalachian Fund has awarded a $10,000 grant to Kentucky Highland Investment Corporation to start an initiative designed to make grant writers seeking federal funds more successful.

Officials said in a statement that the Promise Zone Federal Grant Procurement Mentoring Pilot Program will create a network of grant writers and administrators to work with small organizations located in the Promise Zone, which includes Knox, Bell, Harlan, Letcher, Perry, Leslie, Clay and Whitley counties.

Jerry Rickett, president and CEO of KHIC, said the program seeks to help smaller, community-based organizations to navigate complicated federal grant procedures.

The project will focus on getting funding in three areas: health and wellness; healthy and local foods; and science, technology, engineering and math education initiatives.

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