The city of Paducah is accepting applications for a grant-in-aid program for nonprofit agencies and for agencies providing a municipal service that meets the needs of the city.

For Fiscal Year 2021, the city has set aside $1,474,880 for this program. Agencies interested in applying are encouraged to attend one of two workshops to review the application process. The workshops will be at City Hall at 4 p.m. Feb. 20 at noon Feb. 24.

The grant-in-aid categories are:

n Core Services Grant: Eligible for agencies that provide a municipal service including but not limited to transportation, animal control, parks and recreation and economic development.

n Quality of Life Grant: Eligible for nonprofit agencies that provide programs or projects that benefit the quality of life for the residents of Paducah.

n Quality of Life Micro-Grant: The same definition as the Quality of Life Grant, but this grant request is limited to $5,000 or less.

n Catalyst Grant: Eligible for nonprofit agencies desiring to launch a new program or project that requires an infusion of financial support to start or expedite the process.

n Board of Commissioners Advocacy Grant: Eligible for nonprofit agencies that were not selected by the Grant-in-Aid-Review Panel but completed the application process.

"Each year, the city of Paducah provides financial assistance to several organizations that help us by providing either a municipal service or a program or project that benefits this community's quality of life," said City Manager Jim Arndt. "With a limited availability of funds, we want to create a structured process that provides our Grant-in-Aid Review Panel with detailed information in order to make the best recommendations possible for funding.

"In simple terms, we are asking organizations to tell us what your needs may be, how your program or project benefits this community, and how we may be able to help."

Application guidelines and forms can be found at paducahky.gov/grant-aid-application. The application deadline is March 31. Except for the Core Services Grant, each agency must be a 501c3 organization.

Also, any agency receiving United Way funding will not be eligible for grant funds through the city of Paducah. Agencies that have received funding in the past still need to submit applications.

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