Grant money available to train First Responders throughout the Commonwealth
Frankfort, KY: – Governor Ernie Fletcher today unveiled the new grant application process for the federal Homeland Security Grant Program. Kentucky will get more than $35 million to be used for homeland security projects in the Commonwealth.
Governor Fletcher said this year's grant money will be awarded through a competitive process rather than solely on the basis of population. "This will ensure our dollars are wisely spent on the best projects in areas of critical need,” Governor Fletcher stated. "I am dedicated to our law enforcement and emergency responders because the jobs performed by these heroes are vital to our public safety.”
Kentucky Homeland Security Executive Director Erwin Roberts noted that previously, only counties could apply for grant money, but the new process will be open to cities. "In order to promote cooperation and coordination among cities, counties, and regions, applications from more than one entity will be given additional consideration when it is reviewed,” said Roberts.
In total, Kentucky has been awarded more than $35 million for FY 2004. 80% of the total grant money will be dispersed to local governments and 20% will be directed by State Agencies. Of the total $35 million, $26.6 million may be spent on all types of first responders and an additional $7.8 million will be directed for law enforcement first responders. The grant money may be used for training, planning, organization, exercises, equipment, etc.
Beginning Tuesday, May 18, 2004 the application will be made available by the Office for Security Coordination, Kentucky Homeland Security online at www.homeland.ky.gov, via email and CD Rom. Area Development Districts, Kentucky League of Cities, and the Kentucky Association of Counties will be available to help applicants through the process. Due to the Federal Department of Homeland Security Guidelines, those wishing to apply must do so no later than June 25, 2004. Awards will be made by August 15, 2004 and all projects must commence no later than September 1 2004.
Cities and Counties who have questions about the application process should contact grant Manager Linda Wells-Back at 502.564.2081 or email her at Lindawells.email@example.com