Community improvement grants available for local agencies

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By Kayla Swanson

 From expanding recreational opportunities to making park facilities more secure, Bullitt County officials are looking to apply for money to make those things happen.

Bullitt Fiscal Court approved a motion for several local officials to meet with health department educator and public information officer, Cynthia Brown, to discuss a grant she shared at a recent meeting.  

The Lowe’s Community Partners Grant and ranges from $1,000 to $100,000, according to Brown. 

The fiscal court suggested that Brown meet with emergency services director Mike Phillips, Bullitt County Family YMCA executive director June Daugherty, Shepherdsville-Bullitt County Tourist and Convention Commission executive director Troy Beam and assistant EMA director Les Bandy. The court thought these officials would be interested in the grant. 

Prior to the fiscal court meeting, Daugherty said she applied for the grant after receiving an email from Brown about it. 

If the YMCA receives the funds, they will be used for renovating the playground, pool house and pavilion at the Maryville pool, Daugherty said.  

The Maryville pool, Daugherty said, needs new restroom stall doors and sinks, new paint, new mulch around the playground and new picnic tables in the pavilion. 

Since taking over management of the county pools in 2010, the YMCA has been able to renovate the Shepherdsville pool. Those renovations, which occurred in 2011, were funded by a grant, Daugherty said. 

Brown said the grant doesn’t have a matching requirement, meaning the organization that applies for the grant doesn’t have to provide any funds for it. 

Magistrate Ruthie Ashbaugh said because the grant didn’t call for matching, it would be silly not to take advantage of it. 

The earliest an organization can apply for the grant is July 30, Brown said, but there are also deadlines in August, September and next spring.

“It depends on what you apply for,” she said. 

The grant can be used for park improvements, safety improvements, technology upgrades, building renovations and grounds improvements. 

“Anything we do to improve Bullitt County would fit this grant,” Brown said. 

Municipalities, schools and non-profit groups can apply for the grant. Brown said she is willing to help anyone interested in applying for the grant. 

For more information about the grant, contact Brown at 955-5355.