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, which would be administered to units of local government that were not eligible for the direct EECBG entitlement grants. EECBG was constructed 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 – such as energy efficiency upgrades in lighting and HVAC systems, or investments in solar and other renewable energies – in order to reach 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.

The execution of strategies to reduce fossil fuel emissions and total energy use, resulted in the EECBG Small Cities and Counties Initiative to provide over $6.25 million in assistance to local governments. At the same time the entitlement allocations to Kentucky’s twenty largest cities and counties totaled $14,955,500. DLG received 112 applications requesting over $13 million – which demonstrated the considerable demand for assistance that Kentucky’s local governments needed in order to implement efficiency and conservation measures.
Kentucky had additionally received a federal grant that promoted energy savings performance contracting, which was the vehicle for local governments to undertake and finance energy efficiency improvements. DLG administered the grant where staff conducted education and outreach activities, provided legal and procurement guidance, and technical assistance to units of local governments and their subsidiaries.

DLG was also 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) which supported continuation of the EECBG program. The Energy Efficiency and Conservation for Local Governments (EEC) Program was built on the work that began with EECBG by providing grants to local governments to reduce their energy consumed.
These programs, along with other revolving loan funds have successfully financed energy efficiency improvements, making DLG a resource for local governments working to reduce their energy consumption, resulting in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and benefitting taxpayers through lower utility costs for local governments.

Currently the EECBG program has allocated all funds and is no longer accepting applications. DLG strongly encourages the local governments that were awarded grant funds to utilize the funds awarded.
Any questions regarding the EECBG program, please contact staff with the Office of State Grants.

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 Draft- PDF (.pdf - 147 kb)
EEC Grant Guidelines 2016 (.pdf - 149 kb)
Facade Grant Certification (.doc - 249 kb)
Quarterly Progress Report (.xls - 29 kb)
Request for Disbursement (.xls - 44 kb)