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Grants and Special Programs

The Division of Grants and Special Programs plans and manages all Urban County Government grants and works with the public and private sectors in preparing grant applications for submission to state and federal agencies.

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If you desire additional information, please contact the Division of Grants and Special Programs, 200 East Main Street, 6th Floor, Lexington, KY 40507 or by phone at (859) 258-3070.  


Amendments are proposed to the 2012 and 2013 Consolidated Plans. The 2012 Consolidated Plan was approved by the Urban County Council on April 26, 2012 (Resolution No. 200-2012), and the 2013 Consolidated Plan was approved by the Urban County Council on April 25, 2013 (Resolution No. 175-2013).  Both plans included use of federal funds under the Emergency Solutions Grants Program for Rapid Re-Housing for homeless households and Homelessness Prevention for households who are at risk of homelessness.

An amendment is proposed to both the 2012 and 2013 Consolidated Plans providing for a revision to the levels of assistance to be provided to clients under both Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing.  Under the revised plan, clients may be assisted up to 100% of rent for a period of three months, with decreasing amounts over the second three months.  Clients whose rent does not include utilities may be assisted with utilities of up to 100% for the full six months.  Clients may also be assisted with deposits for rent and utilities and may be assisted with utility arrearages if payment is necessary in order for them to move into a rental unit.

In order to assist individuals and families who are literally homeless, an amendment to the 2012 Consolidated Plan is proposed as follows: reduce the amount of homelessness prevention funds by $30,000 and increase the amount of Rapid Re-Housing funds by $30,000.

The 2013 Consolidated Plan provided for funding in the amount of $23,861 to the Lexington Rescue Mission for operation of homelessness prevention services.  This organization has determined that it is unable to operate this program and has turned down receipt of these funds.  This amendment proposes that these funds now be reallocated to the LFUCG for Rapid Re-Housing and Homelessness Prevention.  The 50% match for this program has been requested in the 2015 General Fund Budget. $17,722 will be used for homelessness prevention and $30,000 will be used for Rapid Re-Housing.

This amendment will be reviewed by Council at work session on April 8, 2014.  First reading is anticipated on April 10, 2014 and second reading on April 24, 2014.

See Amendment here.   


A Public Hearing will be held on Monday, September 29, 2014, at 6:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers on the second floor of the Government Center at 200 East Main Street, Lexington, KY, for the purpose of obtaining citizen comment on the housing and community development needs of Lexington-Fayette County for development of the Consolidated Plan for submission to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2015. The 2015 Consolidated Plan will contain a housing market analysis, a housing needs assessment, a homeless assessment, and a five-year strategic plan. Also included will be a one-year action plan that addresses decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income residents and will serve as the application for funding from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the HOME Investment Partnerships program, and the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program.

Information that will be provided at the public hearing includes a summary of the history of these programs in this community and the range of activities that may be undertaken through the CDBG, HOME, and ESG programs. Estimates of the amount of funds the government expects to receive for the period July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016, will also be provided. Forms for requesting funding are available; HOME (HomeOwnership or Rental), CDBG, and ESG. Forms are also available by contacting the Division of Grants and Special Programs, 200 E. Main Street, 6th Floor, Lexington, KY 40507, (859) 258-3070.

Applications requesting funding from the Community Development Block Grant Program, the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, and the Emergency Solutions Grant Program are due no later than Friday, 5:00 p.m., December 5, 2014, in the office of the LFUCG Division of Grants and Special Programs on the sixth floor of the Government Center at 200 East Main Street.

If you have any questions, or desire additional information regarding these meetings, please contact the Division of Grants and Special Programs, 200 East Main Street, 6th Floor, Lexington, KY 40507, 258-3070


The Division of Grants and Special Programs participates in activities related to community and economic development and administers the government's housing rehabilitation activities through the following programs:

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Neighborhood Action Match Program

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government is accepting applications from eligible neighborhood associations for the Neighborhood Action Match Program (NAMP).  Since 1986, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) has funded this program to support neighborhood associations in carrying out development activities and improvements using the cooperative efforts and voluntary contributions of neighborhood individuals, businesses, schools and other organizations.  The maximum program award to a neighborhood association is $10,000.  The neighborhood association must match all funds it receives with an equal amount through cash contributions or donated materials, service or labor.

The NAMP Application and Instructions are available by clicking here and the Fill-in Application is available by clicking here.

Please submit the completed application, with the required supportive materials, to the Lexington Fayette Urban County Division of Grants and Special Programs, 200 East Main Street, 6th floor, Lexington, Kentucky 40507 by 4 pm, Friday, October 31, 2014.

If you have any questions about the program, call the Division of Grants and Special Programs at 258-3070.


Community-Wide Housing Emergency Repair Program

This program will provide financial assistance of $500 – $5,000 to low to moderate income owner-occupied homeowners with emergency repairs for electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems.  Homeowners must be income eligible per federal guidelines.  Requests for emergency heating assistance are referred to Community Action (859) 244-2209.

To apply for this program or for more information, please call (859) 258-3070.


Community-Wide Housing Rehab Program

This program provides financial assistance to low to moderate income owner-occupied homeowners for the elimination of substandard housing conditions.  This program provides up to $25,000 enabling homeowners to correct life, safety and other code violations.

To apply for this program, please complete and sign the Preliminary Application Form and return to our office at:

Division of Grants and Special Programs
200 East Main Street, 6th Floor
Lexington KY 40507

Your name will be placed on a waiting list in the order it is received.

It may be up to 12 months or more before your name will come to the top of the waiting list to be contacted.  We regret that we will not be able to serve you immediately.  However, if you have questions or need additional information, please contact us at 258-3070, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.


Home Housing Investment Partnership

The HOME program is the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's newest effort to develop affordable housing. The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government uses its HOME funds to assist in the development of both affordable rental and owner-occupied projects.  Through REACH and Lexington Habitat for Humanity, the Urban County Government provides non-repayable mortgage subsidies and 0 – 2% loans to lower to moderate income first-time homebuyers.  HOME funds are also used to financially assist non-profit groups in providing affordable rental and owner-occupied housing opportunities.

If you are interested in homeownership, please contact:

  • REACH, Inc.
    733 Red Mile Road – Lexington, KY 40504 – (859) 455-8057
  • Lexington Habitat for Humanity
    700 E. Loudon Avenue – Lexington, KY 40505 – (859) 252-2224
  • Community Ventures Corporation
    1450 North Broadway – Lexington, KY 40505 – (859) 231-0054
  • Road to Homeownership 
    121 Prosperous Place, Suite A – Lexington, KY 40509 – (502) 647-3027 

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