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Kentucky River Foothills Development Council receives funding

Boost to support key economic recovery programs

RICHMOND, Ky — Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. announced an additional $568,834 in Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funding has been allocated to the agency to support key economic recovery programs across the region. The funds were passed as part of the national CARES Act in late March to help citizens impacted by the COVID-19 health emergency.

CSBG funding is designed to give Community Action Agencies like Kentucky River Foothills the ability to provide a wide range of support in the areas of employment, education, transportation, food security, housing, and more. Kentucky River Foothills tailor’s specific programs to meet the local needs of the communities they serve.

“CSBG is imperative funding for our agency, said Brian Mullins, Executive Director. “The flexibility and diversity it offers are critical to meeting the individual needs of the communities we serve. This additional funding will further expand on our ability to accelerate our region’s economic recovery through the most impactful areas.”

The additional CSBG funding comes on the heels of the launch of an added spring enrollment period for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The program, which is also a core Community Action program, was supported with additional funding through the CARES Act to help struggling families pay home energy costs. Enrollment for Spring LIHEAP ran through June 30, 2020.

Kentucky River Foothills and its Community Action Kentucky partners across the state are also playing a key role in the application and distribution process for the Commonwealth’s Team Kentucky Fund. Applications are being accepted now to help those that have experienced an employment-related financial hardship due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

“Our mission is to improve our communities by assisting low-income families and individuals to achieve self-sufficiency by providing direct services and working with partnering organizations to develop additional resources to reduce poverty and create opportunities for those in need,” said Mullins. “Leveraging these increased funding streams and cultivating new partnerships will allow us to help even more Kentuckians rebound from this difficult time in our country and state’s history.”

More information about Kentucky River Foothills, its programs, and services, as well as available COVID-19-related resources can be found at www.foothillscap.org.