Gov. Beshear Announces Up To $38 Million Available For Utility Assistance

The funding is being made available to help Kentuckians with overdue utility bills.

(Frankfort, Ky.) – Millions of dollars are being made available in Kentucky for utility bill assistance.

Governor Andy Beshear announced Monday that up to $38 million is available to local governments to help Kentuckians with overdue utility bills in their jurisdiction.

The Department for Local Government will administer the funding from the Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Response program established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Each unit of local government may request up to $200,000 for assistance in their communities.

“Even with our victory over COVID-19 coming into sight, times are still tough for our families,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are grateful to be able to provide these funds, because they will ensure many Kentuckians won’t have to make the impossible choice between feeding their family and keeping the lights on.”

To apply, local governments must submit an application to DLG. If approved, local governments must then partner with a community action agency to assist with funding administration.

Household would then be eligible for up to $250 per month for six consecutive months if they meet the following requirements:

  • They live in a city of county approved for funding
  • Have been financially impacted by COVID-19
  • Are struggling to pay water, sewer, electric, gas or other heating and cooling bills
  • Have received notice for disconnect between January 21, 2020 and present day and/or up to two months following

Once a household’s application is approved, the local nonprofit community service provider will transfer funds directly to a utility provider on their behalf.

Kentuckians should contact their local government or ADD for more information on CDBG-CV funds in their area.

Northern Kentucky’s Area Development District is located at 22 Spiral Drive in Florence. For more information, call 859-283-1885 or visit www.nkadd.org.

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