Kentucky Division of Waste Management Announces Grant Recipients

Governor Steve Beshear and the Kentucky Division of Waste Management this week announced that $250,000 in grant funding has been awarded for one landscaping project, one walking trail and 18 playground projects.

Crumb rubber, made from recycled scrap tires, is used for mulch on playgrounds to enhance durability and safety; for fitness/walking tracks; for landscaping, and on athletic fields to reduce soil degradation and increase safety benefits.

Gov. Beshear said the crumb rubber grants program encourages environmental stewardship. “The Energy and Environment Cabinet is pleased to support these projects that will use recycled Kentucky waste tires in an environmentally beneficial way and will enhance playground safety for our children across the Commonwealth.”

The grants are from the Waste Tire Trust Fund, established by the 1998 Kentucky General Assembly to receive a $1 fee from each retail sale of a new tire in the state. The fund manages 4 million scrap tires generated in Kentucky each year and helps develop markets for recycled tire products.

Recipients are as follows:

  • Allen Co. –  Project C.A.M.P. Inc. (The Center for Courageous Kids) $10,600
  • Bell Co. – Bell-Whitley Community Action Agency Inc. (Frakes Park) $ 6,400
  • Boyle Co. –  Boyle County Fiscal Court (Whites Park) $43,900
  • Bracken Co. – Augusta Independent Schools $28,000
  • Fayette Co. – Blue Grass Baptist Church (School) $10,900
  • Floyd Co. – Allen United Methodist Church (Wesley Christian School) $18,900
  • Garrard Co. – Garrard/Lincoln Solid Waste Mgmt. Area (Jaycees Park) $ 3,900
  • LaRue Co. – Bullfrogs & Butterflies Child Development Center $ 4,600
  • Lewis Co. – City of Vanceburg (Scott Park) $ 6,300
  • Madison Co. – Richmond Child Care Center $ 4,900
  • Meade Co. – Meade County Fiscal Court (Meade-Olin Park) $58,800
  • Morgan Co. – Morgan County Fiscal Court (Heritage Park and Playground) $17,900
  • Perry Co. – Hazard Independent Schools (Roy G. Eversole Elementary) $20,900
  • Taylor Co. – Taylor County School District (Taylor County Elementary) $ 4,900
  • Whitley Co. – Bell-Whitley Community Action Agency Inc. (Boston Park) $ 9,100

For more information, contact:

Lisa G. Evans, Grant Administrator
Recycling and Local Assistance Branch
Kentucky Division of Waste Management
200 Fair Oaks Lane, 2nd Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: 502-564-6716, ext. 4637