BGCAP - Community Development Program
The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) is a federal, anti-poverty block grant which funds the operations of 23 Community Action Agencies across the state. This CSBG network coordinates and delivers programs and services to low-income Kentuckians in all 120 counties.
At Blue Grass Community Action Partnership, Community Development activities in Anderson, Boyle, Franklin, Garrard, Jessamine, Lincoln, Mercer, Scott and Woodford counties are designed to work with eligible citizens to alleviate their crisis situations and move families or individuals toward a stronger self-sufficiency. The Community Developers are responsible for providing direct services and referrals to residents within their county. Each county operates different programs and services. Some of these include the Family Self Sufficiency Program, the Weatherization Assistance Program, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, WinterCare, the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), the Heart of Kentucky United Way and United Way of the Blue Grass Financial Stability Programs, the Heart of Kentucky United Way Achieve Education Program, the Salvation Army Crisis Assistance Program, the Senior Citizen Food Commodity Program, the Community Friends Outreach Food Pantry Program and the kynect Health Insurance Enrollment Program.
Programs are funded by State and Federal Grants, City and County Government, private businesses and local donations. Services vary from county to county based on funding availability and other circumstances.
The Community Development Staff works closely with other social service agencies within the community in an effort to meet the needs of residents and eliminate duplication of services.
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) begins in November and lasts until March 31st or until funds are depleted. The LIHEAP program provides energy assistance to low-income clients to assist with heating bills. Energy Conservation Tips for Cooling and Heating.
Blue Grass Community Action Partnership currently offers rental assistance through our Housing Program to help with housing needs for low-income Kentuckians.
Some counties in the service area have a Self-Sufficiency Program which focuses on families or individuals who show a sincere desire to become self-sufficent but lack the financial and emotional support to do so. The local staff works with the total family unit to establish priorities and goals necessary to achieve self-sufficiency. Case Management is provided by staff for any client who wants to participate. During case management meetings, the client designs a plan of action with incremental steps to achieve self-sufficiency.
For more information on any of our programs, please contact your county's Community Developer Office. The agency has offices in the following nine counties: