October 17, 2023

Funding available to clean up polluted water sources

Cities can apply for grant funding through the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet for projects that help clean up polluted streams, rivers, lakes, and groundwater. The grants can also be used for projects that protect water resources. Funding is provided through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Nonpoint Source Program and distributed to states to support best management practices.

The funds can pay for up to 60 percent of each project’s total cost with a 40 percent non-federal match. Priority is given to projects that develop and implement watershed plans for impaired waters, source water protection areas, and special-use waters such as cold-water aquatic habitat, state wild rivers, and federal wild and scenic rivers with identified threats. Visit the Kentucky Watershed Explorer to determine stream designations in your area. Visit the grant funding program page to determine if your organization is eligible for funding and to obtain the letter of intent form and other supporting documents.

Letters of intent to apply are not required but are highly recommended and are due Nov. 17, 2023. Project application forms are due Feb. 9, 2024. Division of Water staff will review and rank applications according to eligibility and priority criteria.

Contact Michaela Lambert or call 502.782.5282 for more information.