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Facade grants on hold

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Program reimburses owners for half of improvement costs

By Linda Ireland

Several Hodgenville business owners were notified last week that the “facade grants” they had applied for have been denied.

The matching grants were offered by The Kentucky Department for Local Government to businesses and residences served by the local Main Street/Renaissance Association. The grant offered matching funds to do external repairs to improve their buildings. The business owner pays the entire cost of the improvement to the building and is reimbursed for half.

Hodgenville Main Street Manager Celia McDonald learned last Tuesday of the decision.

“I understand this time the decision was made in the Governor’s Office,” she said in an e-mail. “They could give only a few of these small grants over the state and I know there were a lot of Main Streets who had applied, at least some of whom had not received money the first round.”

The maximum grant allowable per city was $20,000.

McDonald said more money may be offered later.