2016 Request for Proposals for Community Capacity Building Projects


11th November, 2015






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2016 Request for Proposals for Community Capacity Building Projects

The call for competitive proposals for the Kentucky Appalachian Regional Commission Flex-E-Grant (FEG) program is currently underway. The FEG Program provides small investments in short-term projects that build community capacity.

Brushy Fork Institute of Berea College and The Center for Rural Development administer program funds in partnership with the Kentucky Department for Local Government and the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Grants are subject to approval for up to $10,000, require a 20% match of total project costs, and are to be completed within a 6-month timeframe. The program operates on a reimbursement model.

The FEG program was generated from the ARC’s initiative to enhance assistance to distressed counties. To qualify for funding, projects must demonstrate beneficiaries within distressed Kentucky counties. Please see the program guidelines linked below to determine eligibility.

Although the primary intent is to support efforts that help develop local capacity, eligible activities may also include collaboration among communities in support of existing and emerging regional development efforts, such as SOAR, Promise Zone, and other regional capacity building initiatives.


Proposals are due December 17, 2015. Awards will be announced during the first quarter of 2016.

Should you have any questions about this program, please contact Rodney Wolfenbarger at 859-985-3859 or Patti Simpson at 606-677-6110.


Who May Apply:

Nonprofit entities with 501(c)(3) designation or local units of government interested in implementing projects that build community capacity. Eligibility is limited to counties designated as economically distressed for fiscal years 2013-2014.