Additional federal funding boosts Kentucky River Foothills

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RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ)To helping families hook up with health care to providing financial help and  job training assistance, the Kentucky River Foothills Development Council plays a quiet but important role across four area counties.

Now, an additional $568,834 in Community Services Block Grant funding will help continue that work at a time when the coronavirus impact makes the help even more critical.

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The funds were passed as part of the national CARES Act in late March to help citizens impacted by the COVID-19 health emergency.

The 58-year-old Kentucky River Foothills Development Council primarily serves Clark, Estill, Madison, and Powell counties.

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.

“CSBG is imperative funding for our agency,” said Executive Director Brian Mullins. “The flexibility and diversity it offers is 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. 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.

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.”