Lexington residents seeking an opportunity to help improve the city’s environment are invited to apply for a 2014 Neighborhood Sustainability Grant. Lexington’s Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works is providing the grants, which are to be used by residents to work collaboratively and creatively to improve the environmental health of Lexington, according to a release.
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, the cleanup and restoration of illegal dumpsites, litter cleanups, street tree plantings and other projects that are determined to improve the environmental health of the community and meet the principles of sustainability.
Public and private schools, all neighborhood and homeowner associations that are incorporated and have a complete slate of elected officers, churches and other nonprofits are eligible to apply for these grants.
Eligible applicants may apply for a maximum amount of $2,500. These grants require a 100 percent match. A match can be materials, in-kind services or a combination of both. Documentation must be provided on the value of all in-kind supplies, materials and services. In-kind matches may include items such as documented use of vehicles or machinery, meals served to volunteers or volunteer hours worked.
More information and application materials about this grant opportunity are available at the Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works website at www.lexingtonky.gov/greengrants.
Applications must be postmarked or submitted to the department’s office by 4:30 p.m. on March 3, 2014. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.