Grant Money Now Available for Environmental Projects

2015-02-02
Lexington residents wanting to improve the city’s environment are invited to apply for a 2015 Sustainability Grant. The grant amount has been increased to $5,000 and eligibility requirements have been expanded to include all 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations. Public and private schools, neighborhood and homeowner associations, and churches can also apply.

The city’s Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works is providing the grants to collaboratively and creatively improve Lexington’s environmental health. Grants are available for a wide range of projects including:
  • Rain gardens
  • Green roofs
  • Community gardens
  • Streamside restoration
  • Recycling programs
  • Beautification projects (outside only)
  • Rain barrel projects
  • Cleanup and restoration of illegal dumpsites
  • Litter projects
  • Planting of street trees
  • Other projects that are determined to improve the environmental health of the community and meet the principles of sustainability
Eligible applicants may apply for a maximum grant of $5,000. Each grant requires a 50% match, which can be materials, in-kind services or a combination of both. In-kind matches may include items such as documented use of vehicles or machinery or meals served to volunteers. Documentation must be provided on the value of all in-kind supplies, materials and services. Click here for more information and application materials. Applications must be postmarked or submitted to the department’s office by 4:30 p.m. on March 1. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted. Contact Louise Caldwell-Edmonds at (859) 425-2800 or via e-mail at louisec@lexingtonky.gov if you have questions or would like a copy of the grant application sent via mail.





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