Monday, May 23, 2016

2 Kentucky groups get federal grants to help poverty areas

(AP) — A group will receive a $250,000 federal grant to help low-income communities develop businesses and create jobs in eastern Kentucky.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the grant last week for the London-based Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation.

The USDA says matching funds are required locally to double the impact of the grant. The grant will support the Leslie County and Perry County fiscal courts and the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program.

The agency also announced a $95,000 matching grant to Community Action Kentucky to help five rural utilities operate a database to map and manage assets. The communities are Cumberland, Evarts, Jenkins, Liberty and Lynch.

The USDA says the grants involve persistent poverty areas.