Division of Water Calling for Watershed Mini-Grant Applicants

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 29, 2016) – The Kentucky Division of Water is now accepting applications for Watershed Mini-Grants. Grant applications can be downloaded from the Division of Water website here.

The deadline for submitting applications is Sept. 30. Under this year’s mini-grant program, $35,000 in grant funds is available. This amount will be divided into a total of seven mini-grants, with one $5,000 grant being awarded to each of the seven major river basins. The mini-grants will fund local educational, outreach and organizational activities to improve water quality issues in the basins and build local capacity.

Applicants must provide a minimum of 20 percent of local in-kind or cash matching funds. Applications will be reviewed by a panel at the Division of Water and ranked per established criteria.

Ranking Criteria

The application should:

Clearly define the description of the nonpoint source water quality issue or issues that will be addressed in the project

  • Include an education and outreach activity that addresses the identified nonpoint source pollution or water quality issues
  • Address how the project fits into larger watershed efforts in the area
  • Describe the role of collaborating partners in the project
  • Indicate how the applicant will satisfy the match requirement

Other Review Considerations

  • Does the project clearly define goals, objectives, tasks and outcomes?
  • Does the project have potential to lead to future water quality improvement projects?
  • Does the project contain a complete budget?
  • Is the application well written/concise?
  • The Division of Water will NOT consider applications that request funding for:
    • Monitoring without an education and outreach component
    • Administrative costs not associated with a specific project
    • Normal website maintenance

If you have questions, contact Joanna Ashford at 502-782-6880 or Joanna.ashford@ky.gov.