Gov. Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman Announce Over $450,000 for Rubber Mulch Projects

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 27, 2022) – Gov. Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman today announced that $452,500 in grant funding has been awarded for benches, picnic tables, walkways and poured-in-place playground surfacing projects that utilize recycled waste tires. 

The grants are from the Waste Tire Trust Fund, established by the 1998 Kentucky General Assembly to receive a $2 fee from each retail sale of a new tire in the state. The fund helps manage the approximately 5 million scrap tires generated in Kentucky each year and promotes the development of markets for recycled tire products.

“These projects are a great way to recycle used tires, which helps the environment and provides better recreation facilities for those communities, Gov. Beshear said. “Getting outdoors, especially as we look to socialize during the summer months, promotes a safer, healthy lifestyle.”

Secretary Goodman applauded all those that applied for the funding. “The cabinet is very pleased to make this funding available,” she said. “Everyone benefits when these projects are done.”

Recipients, along with grant amounts, are as follows:

ApplicantProject LocationGrant Amount
AdairAdair County Fiscal Court, Jim Blair Recreation Center – Poured in Place Playground$  65,300
BoyleCity of Perryville, Downtown Perryville Waterfront – Park Benches and Picnic Tables$    8,000
BreathittBreathitt County Board of Education, Breathitt County Elementary – Poured-In-Place Playground$  65,200
BullittCity of Hillview, Kendyl and Friends Playground, Arc of Greater Louisville Campus – Poured-In-Place Playground$  70,000
ButlerCity of Morgantown, Charles Black City Park & Morgantown River Park – Park Benches and Picnic Tables$  10,000 
EstillEstill County Board of Education, Estill County Schools – Park Benches and Picnic Tables$  12,000
KentonCity of Edgewood, Presidents Park – Poured-In-Place Playground$  69,000
McCrackenCity of Paducah (Parks & Recreation Department), Langstaff Park – Poured-In-Place Playground$  22,000
OhioOhio County Fiscal Court, Ohio County Park – Poured-In-Place Playground$  16,000
OldhamCity of LaGrange, Wilborn Park – Poured-In-Place Playground$  14,000
PerryPerry County Fiscal Court, Eagles Landing Campground and Viper Community Park – Park Benches and Picnic Tables$  14,000  
RobertsonRobertson County Board of Education, Robertson County School – Park Benches and Picnic Tables$  11,000
ToddCity of Elkton, Elkton-Todd County Park – Poured-In-Place Surfacing in Multiple Playground Areas$  23,000
TrimbleTrimble County Fiscal Court, Trimble County Park – Poured-In-Place Playground$  53,000
  TOTAL   $452,500

For questions or additional information, please contact Lisa Evans at


Division of Waste Management Accepting Grant Applications for Crumb Rubber and Recycled Tire Projects

Application deadline is April 1, 2022

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 9, 2022) – The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is accepting grant proposals for projects that promote the use of recycled Kentucky waste tires.

The cabinet will provide grant funding for landscaping mulch projects, walking trails, poured-in-place playgrounds, sidewalks or other surfaces, horse trailer or stall mats, tree wells or other products utilizing recycled Kentucky tires. 

Projects that are not eligible for grants include athletic field or loose crumb-rubber playground applications, tire-derived aggregate, tire-derived fuel, rubber-modified asphalt or civil engineering projects.

A playground in Georgetown utilized the grant for this poured-in-place surface

“This grant program promotes innovative uses of recycled tires,” said Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman. “As a result, we’re able to help grow tire recycling markets across the state, encourage proper management of waste tires, and minimize illegal dumps.” 

Grant funding comes from the Waste Tire Trust Fund, established in 1998 by the Kentucky General Assembly to receive fees collected from new tire sales. The applicant will provide match funding equal to at least 25 percent of the project cost.

Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on April 1, 2022, 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 emailed or mailed to Lisa Evans, Division of Waste Management, 300 Sower Boulevard, Frankfort, KY 40601.  

For more information, contact Lisa Evans at 502-782-6355 or Additional information and the grant application are online at the division’s website.