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CARES Act Funding

Gov. Andy Beshear announced a $300 million award to city and county governments as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which established the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to reimburse local governments for expenses incurred in response to the public health emergency caused by the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

These funds will be administered by the Department for Local Government (DLG) and can be used for reimbursements only to eligible cities and counties for COVID-19 related expenses incurred from March 1, 2020, to December 30, 2020.

These funds will be administered by the Department for Local Government - DLG and can be used for reimbursements only for COVID-19 related expenses incurred from March 1, 2020 to December 30, 2020.

Visit Kentucky League of Cities or the Kentucky Association of Counties sites for additional information.
 

Guidance

Frequently Asked Questions
 

Additional questions may be sent to DLG.CRF@ky.gov

Complete the 2020 Census!

Huge congratulations to all the Kentucky Area Development Districts and Census Complete Count Committees for working hard to keep your citizens informed and responsive, but we still have more to go!

To respond to the 2020 Census NOW online, click here!

The U.S. Census Bureau is still hiring for 800 + jobs!

FULL-TIME & PART-TIME POSITIONS AVAILABLE

Recruiting Assistant

Census Field Supervisor

Office Operations Supervisor

Enumerator

Clerk

Apply now at www.2020census.gov/jobs

For more information about available jobs or assistance with applying online call 1-855-562-2020, Select Option 3, Enter Your ZIP Code

SBA Covid-19 Relief

In light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak, the Small Business Administration is working to encourage small businesses to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is assisting with the temporary loss of revenue small businesses may be experiencing. Visit the U.S. Small Business Administration homepage to find guidance on all resources for small businesses, at www.sba.gov.

See below for direct links to applications and information. 

COVID-19 Resources and Relief programs

Apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and to see Eligibility Requirements 

Grant Deadline Updates
IMPORTANT CHANGES

CDBG (Public Facilities & Community Projects) deadline has been pushed back until August 3rd, 2020.

For assistance with grant applications, please fill out our Grant Intake Form 
Social Services

Summer Fun for Grandparents Raising Children

Many grandparents raising grandchildren are always looking for fun, yet inexpensive, activities to do with their grandchildren. What can you do with your grandchildren that will keep them entertained and learning at the same time? This is especially challenging during the Summer months, but you’d be surprised at the number of things you can help your grandchildren have fun with at home and in your communities; even with social distancing.

The Importance of Play:
Be sure to include plenty of time for free play in your grandchildren’s lives. Young children learn best and communicate better through play. Adults tend to think of play as unimportant, but it’s actually one of the best ways for children to explore and experience new things. Here are just a few of the skills that children can learn through play:
  • Figuring out how things work and solving problems
  • Comparing and contrasting different objects
  • Learning to understand and use language
  • Building muscle strength and coordination
  • Practicing control of their bodies
  • Developing imagination and expressing creativity
  • Learning about themselves, others, and the world
  • Expressing their feelings in healthy ways
  • Increasing their ability to concentrate
  • Children use a combination of skills and abilities during play. Children building with blocks can learn to plan, develop coordination and balance, use language to describe what they are building, and cooperate with their siblings and friends.
Toys can be expensive, but play does not have to be expensive to be a good learning experience. Many toys and play items can be created right in your kitchen.  Have you ever heard of slime? If not, there are many YouTube videos on how to easily make slime at home and interact with your grandchildren in a fun, creative way that also enhances their sense of touch while learning about textures.  If you are in need of additional toys to help you through the summer, Hope’s Closet has plenty to offer and they are still operating on weekends with special precautions for social distancing.
Here are a few examples of simple toys and activities you and your grandchildren can participate in:
  • Homemade playdough or finger paint can be made from simple ingredients such as flour, salt, cornstarch, and water.
  • Old clothes, shoes, purses, and scarves are ideal for playing dress-up.  As well as pulling out the old Halloween costumes.
  • Blocks help children practice their building skills. Wooden blocks can be made by sawing old wood scraps into small pieces and sanding them smooth.  Empty milk cartons, cereal boxes, and boxes from online purchase deliveries also make good blocks.
  • Crayons or washable markers and paper encourage budding artistic skills.
  • Puppets can be made from old socks.
  • Musical instruments can be made at home very easily.  Oatmeal boxes and empty plastic containers with lids make great drums.  Bells can be purchased at a craft store and strung on a string.  Make shakers and rattles by putting dry beans or rice in a sealed container or sealed between two paper plates.  Just imagining ways to create musical instruments from items you have at home is very fun, then actually creating something that works as an instrument will build their self-confidence.
  • Bean bags and nerf balls are a safe and inexpensive way for children to practice throwing skills.
  • And, of course, there are many educational games and videos online that you can actually play and view together.
Activities Outside the Home:
  • Community Classes. Often you can find classes at your community learning and activities centers, parks and recreation, summer church programs, etc. that are free or low cost for children to engage in.  Although many of those programs have been canceled for this summer during the Covid-19 Pandemic, some of them are offering online sessions and there are many YouTube classes that can be fun and entertaining.
  • Local Libraries have many different programs available for children during the summer months.  Anything from book clubs to arts and crafts classes can be found there throughout the summer.  You can learn about most of these programs on your local library’s website.  This is likely another opportunity to find online programs and books to read during the Covid-19 Pandemic in case they have also canceled any in-person sessions.  Call your local library for ideas and information if you do not have access to the internet or a computer.
  • Recreational activities. Get your grandchildren charged up and engaged in a relaxing walk or exploration tour, walking through the universe.  Map out a walking tour in your community where you might be able to discuss historical issues and changes that have occurred right in their neighborhood, a walk in a local cemetery might help them think about family histories and think about stories of how those individuals lives might have played out, or a local hiking trail will help them explore nature moments that are very close to them but never noticed before, going outside at night with an app like SkyView and others can amaze them about the night sky.  These opportunities can be very educational and informative as well as provide opportunities for great communication; it might just take a little planning. 
  • Summer Camps. Many communities make available day camps and overnight camps for children who may not have the means to access the more costly camps.  Check with your local school, libraries, and even local governments to learn more about these opportunities.  Many of these camps have been canceled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, but some of them are offering virtual opportunities instead.  Contact the camp coordinators, check their websites, or call your school to find out if they have alternate activities planned.
There are many different ways to keep your grandchildren busy and learning all year round.  Carve out time to do fun activities together.   Remember that fun doesn’t have to be expensive — spending time together is the best thing you can do for your grandchildren.  You have much to teach them and more ways to inspire them at this time in your life and they will appreciate every moment.

Identity Theft

Identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number or other personal information to open new accounts, make purchases, or get a tax refund.
Here are five ways to make protecting your identity part of your everyday routine:
  • Read your credit card and bank statements carefully and often.
  • Know your payment due dates. If a bill doesn't show up when you expect it, look into it.
  • Read the statements from your health insurance plan. Make sure the claims paid match the care you got.
  • Shred any documents with personal and financial information.
  • Review each of your three credit reports at least once a year. Visit annualcreditreport.com to get your free reports.
Clues That Someone Has Stolen Your Information
  • You see withdrawals from your bank account that you can’t explain.
  • You don’t get your bills or other mail.
  • Merchants refuse your checks.
  • Debt collectors call you about debts that aren’t yours.
  • You find unfamiliar accounts or charges on your credit report.
  • Medical providers bill you for services you didn’t use.
  • Your health plan rejects your legitimate medical claim because the records show you’ve reached your benefits limit.
  • A health plan won’t cover you because your medical records show a condition you don’t have.
  • The IRS notifies you that more than one tax return was filed in your name, or that you have income from an employer you don’t work for.
  • You get notice that your information was compromised by a data breach at a company where you do business or have an account.
If you discover that someone is misusing your personal information, visit IdentityTheft.gov to report and recover from identity theft.
Source: ftc.gov

HOW TO STAY SAFE THIS SUMMER

Summer is here and we all spend a lot of time outside, enjoying the outdoors. But this year summer fun will be different due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The American Red Cross offers safety tips you can follow.

If your community is reopening, know what precautions to take in public settings.
  • Keep at least 6 feet between yourself and others.
  • Wear cloth face coverings, especially in crowded areas. Do not place them on children under age 2.
  • Help limit your risk by taking steps to reduce the number of places you go and your exposure to other people.
  • Order food and other items for home delivery or curbside pickup, if possible.
  • Visit the grocery store and other stores in person only when necessary.
  • Stay at home if you are sick
A DIFFERENT KIND OF WATER SAFETY Many public pools and beaches may be closed this summer. Follow the guidance of state and local officials. Make sure the area is designated for swimming. Once there, maintain social distancing, both in and out of the water, between you and people who don’t live with you. If you don’t think your child can do this, come up with another activity.
  • Wear face coverings on land, especially when physical social distancing is difficult. Do not wear them in the water as it may be difficult to breathe.
  • Don’t share goggles, nose clips, snorkels, or other personal items.
  • A kiddie or inflatable pool can be a great way to have fun, but be sure to provide constant supervision to children in and around the water.
BE WATER SMART Have swimming skills and know-how to help others. Achieve the skills of water competency: be able to enter the water, get a breath, stay afloat, change position, swim a distance, and then get out of the water safely.

GRILLING SAFETY Summer is a popular time for grilling family meals at home. Yet grilling fires spark more than 10,000 home fires on average each year. To avoid this:
  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use. Don’t add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
  • Never grill indoors—not in the house, camper, tent or any enclosed area.
  • Make sure everyone, including children and pets, stays away from the grill.
  • Keep the grill away from the house or anything that could catch fire. 
  • Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill.
HELP SAVE LIVES THIS SUMMER Give blood, platelets or plasma— We’re all in this together! Visit redcrossblood.org for more information or to schedule your donation.

Source: redcross.org
Transportation

MTP and TIP Amendment Opportunity

Amendment 2 to the Connecting Kentuckiana 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) and the FY 2020 - 2025 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP): While KIPDA is wrapping up Amendment 1, the next opportunity to make major transportation changes to the MTP and TIP is quickly approaching. Project changes must be submitted by July 31st, 2020, in order to be included in Amendment 2. Sponsors should submit their new project(s) or changes to existing projects by submitting an electronic Project Information Form (ePIF) application here: https://kipda.formstack.com/forms/kipda_epif. KIPDA staff will present the proposed changes to the Transportation Technical Coordinating Committee (TTCC) and Transportation Policy Committee (TPC) in October 2020. 

Transportation Planning Portal

KIPDA staff has added resources to the Transportation Planning Portal Guides and Resources page to assist sponsors with new and revised project forms. This includes a new guidance document and video tutorials.
USDA Announces $100 Million Biofuels Infrastructure Grant Program

USDA is accepting applications for the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program until August 13th.

The purpose of the HBIIP is to increase significantly the sales and use of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel by expanding the infrastructure for renewable fuels derived from U.S. agricultural products. The program is also intended to encourage a more comprehensive approach to market higher blends by sharing the costs related to building out biofuel-related infrastructure.

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