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Office of Broadband Development – 2022 Rural Infrastructure Improvement Fund – Now Accepting Applications


The Office of Broadband Development is implementing a grant program to award up to $20 million in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act’s State Fiscal Recovery Fund through Kentucky’s Rural Infrastructure Improvement Fund for eligible pole replacement costs related to broadband deployment projects for unserved locations. The program is codified in Kentucky Revised Statutes 224A.1123.

The purpose of the Rural Infrastructure Improvement Fund is to expedite and facilitate the deployment of broadband service to individuals, businesses, agricultural operations, and community access points in unserved locations by reimbursing a portion of eligible utility pole replacement costs incurred by eligible applicants. The Office of Broadband Development has the authority to award grants to assist with pole replacements costs. 



​​2021 Cleaner Water Program – Grants for Unserved Drinking Water Projects in Rural Areas

On July 21, 2022, Governor Andy Beshear announced $30 million in funding to support 29 projects that will provide clean drinking water and improve water systems for 1,245 households across the commonwealth.  Funding was made available through the American Rescue Plan Act and appropriated during the 2021 Session of the General Assembly.  The Cleaner Water Program, a grant program to improve drinking water and wastewater in Kentucky, is part of Governor Beshear’s Better Kentucky Plan.  See the list here.

​2022 Cleaner Water Program Grants (Round 2 Funding)

On July 21, 2022, Governor Andy Beshear announced that an additional $250 million from his Cleaner Water Program is now available for local utilities to submit projects for the second round of funding.  If you are interested in receiving funding from the Cleaner Water Grant Program, coordinate with the Water Resource Coordinator for the Area Water Management Council at the Area Development District (ADD) to prepare or update your Project Profile. 

Starting July 21, Water Resource Coordinators, representing Kentucky’s 15 Area Development Districts (ADD) and Area Water Management Councils, may submit project profiles through the Water Resource Information System (WRIS) portal to indicate interest in funding from the Cleaner Water Grant Program. Eligible government agencies, such as city-owned water or sewer utilities, water commissions, water and sewer districts, and water associations, may collaborate with Coordinator and Council to submit a project. 

The application process will be ongoing throughout 2022 until all funding is committed. KIA will begin reviewing projects this summer and make awards continuously throughout the year. All grant awardees must obligate the funds by December 31, 2024.​

The Cleaner Water Program, a grant program to improve drinking water and wastewater, is part of the Better Kentucky Plan.  This Round 2 funding will create new jobs expanding broadband, delivering clean drinking water and building new schools. Gov. Beshear and Kentucky lawmakers reached a bi-partisan agreement during the 2022 General Assembly to invest an additional $250 million of federal relief funds in water and sewer infrastructure.​


Final 2022 Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plans

Click on the following links to download the Final CWSRF and DWSRF IUP documents:


Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) New Funding 2022


2021 Cleaner Water Program Grants (Round 1 Funding)

​The Cleaner Water Program, a grant program to improve drinking water and wastewater, is part of the $1.3 billion Building a Better Kentucky Plan, which will create 14,500 jobs expanding broadband, delivering clean drinking water and building new schools. The water program is the first of the three to accept applications since Gov. Beshear and Kentucky lawmakers reached a bi-partisan agreement at the close of the 2021 General Assembly to invest federal relief funds in infrastructure. 

New Administrative Regulations

  • 200 KAR 17.111E
    Guidelines for Kentucky Infrastructure Authority Drinking Water and Wastewater Grant Program
  • 200 KAR 17.111reg
    Guidelines for Kentucky Infrastructure Authority Drinking Water and Wastewater Grant Program

How Much Grant Money is Available?
Funded by the American Rescue Plan Act and administered by the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA), $250 million has been appropriated for clean drinking water and wastewater grants to fund projects across Kentucky. Funding will be allocated in three ways: 

  • $150 million will be allocated based on each county’s proportion of the state’s population, with the exception of Jefferson County’s share, which is discounted by 50% based on its high per capita allocation from the federal act.
  • $50 million is available for grants to utilities to provide drinking water services to unserved, rural customers or to utilities under a federal consent decree. KIA shall consider social, economic and environmental benefits in determining the allocations.
  • $49.9 million is available to supplement a project grant for a project with a cost in excess of a county’s allocation amount and other available grant sources. The social, economic and environmental benefits shall be considered in determining project allocations. KIA will receive $75,000 to administer the grant program. 

How do I apply?

If you are interested in receiving funding from the Cleaner Water Grant Program, coordinate with the Water Resource Coordinator for the Area Water Management Council at the Area Development District (ADD) to prepare or update your Project Profile. 

Starting June 1, Water Resource Coordinators, representing Kentucky’s 15 Area Development Districts (ADD) and Area Water Management Councils, may submit project profiles through the Water Resource Information System (WRIS) portal to indicate interest in funding from the Cleaner Water Grant Program. Eligible government agencies, such as city-owned water or sewer utilities, water commissions, water and sewer districts and counties, may collaborate with Coordinator and Council to submit a project. 
The application process will be ongoing throughout 2021 until all funding is committed. KIA will begin reviewing projects this summer and make awards continuously throughout the year. All grant awardees must obligate the funds by December 31, 2024.

How do I know if I will receive funding?

The application process will be ongoing throughout 2021 until all funding is committed. KIA will begin reviewing projects this summer and make awards continuously throughout the year.  Projects that receive grant funding will be notified through a conditional commitment letter. 

How to get more information?

For information on grant requirements, terms or borrower eligibility please contact Sandy Williams (sandy.williams@ky.gov , 502-892-3088) of the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority.
For more information about completing a Project Profile contact your local Area Development District office or Donald Schierer (donald.schierer@ky.gov , 502-892-3485) of the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority.

Other important links:



​Other important links associated with KIA and DOW funding programs:

KIA Loan Programs
Federally Assisted Wastewater Revolving Loan (CWSRF)
Federally Assisted Water Revolving Loan (DWSRF)

WRIS Portal - Project Profile
WRIS Portal - System Information
Clean Water Project Profile Pre-Application
Drinking Water Project Profile Pre-Application

DOW Clean Water State Revolving Fund
DOW Drinking Water State Revolving Fund
DOW Nonpoint Source Grants

 

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