Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) - Division of Water Quality (DWQ)
05/10/19 4:00 PM Delivery or Postmarked by Date
Grants to Fayette County, Kentucky homeowner, neighborhood, and community associations for projects to enhance water quality and to educate the community about stormwater and water quality. Funding is intended for activities such as tree planting, stream cleaning, installation of rain gardens and rain barrels, and community education.
Projects must fulfill at least one of the following goals:
- Install a feature that serves to improve water quality;
- Involve citizens in activities to improve water quality, reduce water pollution etc.;
- Educate citizens about water quality and stormwater related issues;
- Install a feature that serves to reduce stormwater runoff.
Innovative project ideas are encouraged.
Typically, these activities are anticipated to occur within the organization’s neighborhood and local area of influence, but does not preclude other collaborative opportunities. Please contact the Incentive Grant Program Administrator if you are unsure of a project’s eligibility.
Eligible expenses must be project-specific invoiced or cash expenditures. Examples include:
- Materials and Supplies
- Rental Equipment
- Consulting Fees
- Construction Costs
- Teacher Stipends
- Permitting Fees
GrantWatch ID#: 180540
The maximum allowable grant request is $100,000. Past applications have ranged from $1,800 to $100,000.
The Water Quality Fees Board has set a funds target to allow for Feasibility Only projects to assist with long-range planning projects. The maximum grant award is $40,000.
Typical project timelines for Class A grants are 12 to 18 months.
All Fayette County neighborhood, community, and homeowner associations that are incorporated with the Commonwealth of Kentucky and have a roster of elected officers are eligible to apply.
An eligible organization must represent a group of residential property owners who pay the WQMF as “Class A” fee payers. Class A parcels include all single-family and duplex residential properties and all farm properties. All other parcel types are classified as “Class B” and are not eligible for this grant.
In some cases, an organization may also be a Class B fee payer (e.g., owns a clubhouse that receives its own bill, etc.). In that case, the organization may choose to apply for either the Class A or Class B grants.
Ineligible for grant reimbursement or cost share:
- Costs associated with work paid for prior to grant award and Notice to Proceed.
- Costs associated with work already required of the Applicant to meet federal, state, or local requirements (e.g., new development, addressing compliance actions, etc.).
- Land acquisition costs.
For Fiscal Year 2020, the deadline for submission of grant applications is Friday, May 10, 2019. Applications postmarked after the deadline will not be considered. Applications may also be hand-delivered to the address given below by 4:00 PM.
The Applicant shall be required to contribute at least 20% of the total project’s cost (i.e., $25,000 for maximum grant) either in cash expenditure or in-kind cost share.
Grant award disbursements will be distributed after receipt of supporting documentation.
Any project proposing tree planting shall follow the LFUCG Planting Manual under the advisement of LFUCG Urban Forester:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Please direct all questions to the Incentive Grant Program Administrator:
Jennifer Carey, P.E.,
Submit applications to:
Jennifer Carey, P.E.
LFUCG Division of Water Quality
125 Lisle Industrial Avenue, Suite 180
Lexington, KY 40511
If your project involves work on LFUCG-owned property or easement, please contact the agency affected prior to submitting your grant application form:
Parks and Recreation:
Environmental Services (greenways):
Environmental Services (street trees):
Water Quality (sanitary sewers):
Water Quality (stormwater):
USA: Kentucky: Fayette County