Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | February 6, 2009

Environmental lawyer Sanders says Appalachian Regional Commission is offering grant competition for McCreary, Wayne and Whitley Counties in Kentucky.

The appalachian-regional-commission-development-corridorsAppalachian Regional Commission (ARC), in partnership with the states of Kentucky and Tennessee announced a new grants competition for gateway communities that are entry points to one of Appalachia’s most beautiful natural assets: the Big South Fork National River and Recreational Area. The $200,000 “Gems of Appalachia” grants competition will provide funding to communities to promote sustainable tourism, preserve natural resources, support locally-owned businesses, encourage outdoor recreation, and celebrate their unique identity.


The competition is part of ARC’s asset-based economic development initiative in Appalachia, which fosters partnerships between gateway communities and neighboring public land managers to develop the tourist potential of Appalachia’s most cherished landscapes while protecting their natural ecosystems. 


Applicants can request funding to implement a specific project or activity related to natural or cultural heritage tourism, community planning, asset building, recreational development, or other activity that will enhance their unique identity as a gateway to the Big South Fork region.  To encourage participation in the competition, ARC will host two forums to explore strategies for developing sustainable, asset-based economic development projects. The time and place of these forums are to be announced.


Non-profit organizations, local governments, public educational institutions, and local and regional development organizations located in Kentucky’s McCreary, Wayne, and Whitley counties  or Tennessee’s Scott, Fentress, Pickett or Morgan counties are eligible to apply for the grants.  Kentucky’s ARC program is administered by the Department for Local Government (DLG).  Additional details about the grants competition are available at ARC’s website at or you may contact DLG at 1-800-346-5606



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