FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) – A bill passed through Kentucky’s House Wednesday, which would establish a new online grant database.
“It’s just a shame to leave any money on the table when it comes to investing in our communities,” said House Bill 299 sponsor, Rep. Ashley Tackett Laferty. “Especially in communities like ours, which are already in need.”
The bill would create a comprehensive database for grant opportunities, providing a hub of resources on the Secretary of State’s website. Grant-awarding agencies would be required to submit their open grants on a quarterly basis in order to inform people and entities of the possible funding options.
“And once the Secretary of State receives all of that information, all of that information will be compiled into a database and posted on the Secretary of State’s online website,” said Laferty.
The opportunities would then be available to more applicants, since everything would be in a searchable, accessible database.
“And while, across the board, I think that this will be beneficial, I think in communities like mine it will be especially beneficial,” said Laferty. “I think our volunteer firefighters, our homeless shelters, our animal shelters, places like that will find this tremendously beneficial.”
Laferty said her bill is all about cutting down barriers and bringing more money to mountain missions.
“I have a lot of accessibility to a lot of great information here in Frankfort, but if it’s difficult for me to follow up,” she said. “It’s certainly difficult for others to find the information they need that might help them move in the right direction.”
A floor amendment was added to the bill earlier this week, requiring counties and development districts to provide a link to the database on their websites- another effort to reach more people with the possible grants.
You can see more information about the bill here.
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