The Energy and Environment Cabinet of Kentucky (EEC) announced call for grant proposals for projects which are to promote use of tire-derived products within the state. The grant used to fund landscaping projects which used crumb rubber mulch and now the EEC encourages applicants to expand the range of projects under the grant funding.

Apart from landscaping mulch projects, it is proposed to consider requests for walking trails and surfaces such as: sidewalks, stall mats, horse trails, tree wells and other products which use crumb rubber from tires in Kentucky.

This time the Cabinet refrains from projects like athletic fields and crumb rubber playgrounds, TDA (tire-derived aggregate), civil engineering projects as well as rubber modified asphalt.

Secretary of the Energy and Environment Charles Snavely says that the grant program proved successful in promoting the use of crumb rubber and rubber mulch in landscaping. But there are also many other effective uses for the material and now applicants are encouraged to research and apply for other kinds projects which find ways to utilize recycled tires.

Grants are funded by the Waste Tire Trust Fund. This endowment was established in 1998 by the Kentucky General Assembly and is supported by fees collected from new tires sold on the market. For applicants submitting their queries and willing to partake in expansion of crumb rubber use, EEC will provide funding equal to at least 25% of the project cost.

Applications for funding must be submitted by the 31st of March, 2017 at the Division of Waste Management’s central office in Frankfort. The application must be submitted with all supporting documentation Applications can be mailed to Lisa Evans, Division of Waste Management, 300 Sower Blvd., Frankfort, KY 40601.

Additional information can be found here.