The Lincoln County Public Library received a Flex-e-grant from the Brushy Fork Institute located in Berea, KY in July 2014 to initiate a community-based strategic planning effort for the community. The Lincoln County Futures committee began meeting in July 2014 with Dr. Lori Garkvoich, consultant from the University of Kentucky’s Department of Community and Leadership Development to develop a community survey, organize town hall meetings, and collect community information. As a result of the initial community plan, the Futures committee organized “Lincoln has Heart”, a family fun event focused on health and wellness and volunteering in the community that was held February 28, 2015. The Futures committee continues to meet monthly.
This project was funded by an Appalachian Regional Commission Flex-E-Grant through the Kentucky Department for Local Government and administered by Brushy Fork Institute of Berea College. Flex-E-Grant funds are made available to distressed ARC counties in Kentucky for projects that are designed to build capacity in these communities.