Residents of 11 rural counties urged to apply for funds

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Residents of 11 rural Eastern Kentucky counties are being urged to apply for assistance from the Team Kentucky fund set up to help individuals and families impacted financially by the coronavirus outbreak.

Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday updated Kentuckians on the fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

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During his daily update Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beashear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman offered updates about the Team Kentucky Fund.

The Team Kentucky Fund Assistance application was launched 10 days ago and Coleman said the site already has received more than 1,900 applications for assistance.

She said the funds are available to those who have been financially burdened through job loss related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The COVID-19 outbreak has caused its own unique set of issues, but what it has also done is exacerbate issues that we know already exist,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman. “As a rural Kentuckian, I can speak to those from experience, because I know that in lots of places in Kentucky there is not adequate job opportunity for many people. We struggle with health care and infrastructure and internet access in some areas. And what we’ve seen with this fund is that those disparities are showing up in our application process as well.”

She urged people in Breathitt, Fleming, Harlan, Knott, Knox, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Mason and Wolfe counties to participate in greater numbers.

Coleman said Kentucky’s Community Action Agencies will disburse the money regionally, acting as the “hands and feet” of the Team Kentucky Fund, reaching into communities across the commonwealth.

The Team Kentucky Fund currently has raised more than $3.1 million. To access an application, click here.