Fayette County

Grants to local environmental projects

A new grant program aimed at enlisting the help of neighborhoods in cleaning up Lexington's environment was launched Thursday.

The Neighborhood and Community Sustainability Grants program could give money to projects such as rain gardens, green roofs, recycling programs, clean-up and restoration of illegal dump sites, litter projects and street trees.

Any neighborhood or homeowners associations with a complete slate of officers can apply for a grant, which requires a 100 percent match in materials or in-kind services. The maximum grant award will be $2,500, out of the $50,000 available.

Applications for grants must be postmarked or submitted to the Lexington Department of Environmental Quality by 3 p.m., March 16. For more information call the Department of Environmental Quality at (859) 425-2800.