Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Emergency Relief Funding Available for Kentucky Communities
Funding May Be Used to Assist Storm-Damaged Communities
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Upon touring the storm-damaged areas of Christian County yesterday and the declaration of a State of Emergency in Kentucky, Governor Ernie Fletcher has encouraged local officials throughout impacted areas to apply for Community Emergency Relief Funds (CERF).
CERF is a grant program administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. CERF funds are federal dollars available to communities as a means of restoring infrastructure or housing that severe weather or natural disasters negatively impact.
Eligible projects must meet the following criteria:
- Alleviate existing conditions which pose a serious and immediate threat to the health and welfare of the community;
- The conditions are of recent origin (within 18 months of the date the proposal is submitted);
- The applicant is unable to finance the project on its own, no other funding is available to address the problem and CDBG funding will be directly targeted towards alleviation of the threatening conditions; and
- The threat must be supported by a current declaration of an emergency by the governor relative to a flood, a tornado, an earthquake or other disaster event.
As part of the commonwealth’s 2006 CERF allocation, county officials may apply for up to $250,000 of CDBG funding per project. To apply for these funds, the local unit of government (either a city or county government) liaison should contact the Governor’s Office for Local Development to begin the application process. Interested parties should contact CERF Program Manager, Mike Hale, at 800-346-5606.