Special Programs Branch

The Special Programs Branch uses available funds to promote community and economic development across the Commonwealth.

The Special Programs Branch administers:

Budget Line-Items -- The General Assembly may specify line-item recipients in biennial budget.

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Grants for Local Governments

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Revolving Loan Fund for Local Governments

Renaissance on Main Program

Energy Efficiency and Conservation for Local Governments

In the fall of 2009, the Department for Local Government (DLG) entered into an agreement with the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet to administer the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program to units of local government that were not eligible for the direct EECBG entitlement grants. EECBG was designed to invest in the cheapest, cleanest and most reliable energy technologies – energy efficiency and conservation.

The program has allowed local communities to make strategic investments – from efficiency upgrades in lighting and HVAC systems to investments in solar and other renewable energies - to meet the long-term goals for energy independence by reducing energy consumption. Local facilities benefitting from the program have ranged from water treatment plants to municipal buildings to community and senior centers.

In implementing strategies to reduce fossil fuel emissions and reduce total energy use, the EECBG Small Cities and Counties Initiative has provided over $6.25 million to assist local governments, while entitlement allocations to the twenty largest cities and counties totaled $14,955,500. DLG received 112 applications requesting over $13 million - demonstrating considerable demand for assistance for local governments to implement efficiency and conservation measures.

Kentucky recently received a federal grant to promote energy savings performance contracting as a vehicle for local governments to undertake and finance energy efficiency improvements. DLG will administer the grant, conducting education and outreach activities, providing legal and procurement guidance, as well as technical assistance to units of local governments and their subsidiaries.

In addition, DLG has been awarded $1.2 million from the funds the state received under the 2011 settlement agreement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to support continuation of the EECBG program. The Energy Efficiency and Conservation for Local Governments (EEC) Program will build on the work begun with EECBG by providing grants to local governments to reduce their energy consumed.

These programs, along with a new revolving loan fund to finance energy efficiency improvements, will make DLG a resource for local governments working to reduce their energy consumption, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and benefitting taxpayers through lower utility costs for local governments.

Program guidelines, application and sample resolutions are available on the DLG downloads page. Any questions should be directed to Amy Barnes.

HB Line-Items

The Special Programs Branch provides financial and programmatic administration on all HB general line-items (non-coal), special fund projects and Governor's Line-item special projects.

Special Programs Branch Staff

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Completion Report (.xls - 34 kb)
EEC Grant Application 2016 (.pdf - 99 kb)
EEC Grant Guidelines 2016 (.pdf - 149 kb)
Facade Grant Certification (.doc - 249 kb)
Quarterly Progress Report (.xls - 29 kb)
Renaissance Covenant (.doc - 62 kb)
Request for Disbursement (.xls - 44 kb)