The Energy and Environment Cabinet is now accepting grant proposals for projects that promote the use of recycled waste tires. Kentucky schools, city and county governments, day care centers, public parks, state agencies or other entities interested in using crumb rubber as a top dressing on grass fields, as mulch in playground areas, or similar uses may apply for a grant.
To a limited degree, the cabinet will also consider funding research and development proposals for experimental practices or technologies that further the statutory purposes of the waste tire program — to protect human health, safety and the environment — or that will help develop a market for Kentucky waste tires.
Since the program was established in 2004, the cabinet’s Division of Waste Management has awarded more than $6.6 million toward 347 crumb rubber projects including 244 playgrounds, 89 athletic fields and six walking trails. The program has also been used to finance crumb rubber use in two fitness areas, numerous landscaping projects and even two gymnasium floors.
Funds for the crumb rubber grants come from the Waste Tire Trust Fund.
Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. EST on Jan. 31, 2014, at the Division of Waste Management’s central office in Frankfort. The application and any supporting documentation must be submitted in order for the application to be considered. Applications can be mailed to Lisa Evans, Division of Waste Management, 200 Fair Oaks Lane, Frankfort, KY 40601.
For more information on the Crumb Rubber Grant program, call Lisa Evans at 502-564-6716 or e-mail Lisa.Evans@ky.gov.