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

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Division of Waste Management announces $4,000 grants available from the Waste Tire Trust Fund

Kentucky counties urged to apply for funds

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 9, 2022) – Kentucky counties can now apply for $4,000 in waste tire recycling and removal grants from money that is available through the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management (DWM) Waste Tire Trust Fund.

“Eligible expenses under this grant are the actual costs that the county incurs during the grant period for recycling or disposal of waste tires,” said Darin Steen, manager of DWM’s Recycling and Local Assistance Branch.  “Other expenses, such as labor and equipment costs, are not eligible.” 

The grant period is July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.  Costs incurred by a county beginning July 1, 2022 for recycling or disposal of waste tires are eligible.  Counties must submit receipts for those costs with their close-out report form by July 15, 2023.

Waste tire grant applications must be submitted no later than June 7th, 2022.  These grants do not require a match.  Any unused funds must be returned to the cabinet by July 31, 2023.

The grant packets will be sent by email to county judge-executives and solid waste coordinators. For more information contact Jenny Carr at 502-782-4663 or