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Bellevue, Covington Awarded Funds Preservation Projects

The Kentucky Heritage Council announced funding for twelve projects across the state, with a third of them in Northern Kentucky.

Bellevue won funds for three projects, and Covington was awarded money for one.

The recipient cities are among nine designated Certified Local Government (CLG) communities and the funds require matching contributions.

In total, more than $76,000 was awarded to Bardstown, Bellevue, Campbellsville, Covington, Danville, Frankfort, Hopkinsville, Horse Cave, and Louisville.

One of Bellevue's projects is the "Ms. Muddle Model", with $800 awarded to develop an interactive Victorian-era model house that can be used to educate the public about building alterations at historic properties. The model will duplicate the style of home found throughout Bellevue and will reflect common issues such as closed transoms, reduced-size windows, inappropriate shutters, altered porches, and box gutter elimination.

The city or local partners will match $533 towards the cost.

Bellevue was also awarded $1,240 for a commercial building history education project. An outdoor exhibit is planned about the long history of commercial properties in two historic business districts, including photos of former businesses and notable people associated with them. Twenty signs will be placed in front of site they depict, and will include QR codes linking to the city's website.

Tours will also be developed as part of the city's sesquicentennial programming.

A local match of $827 is required.

Covington and Bellevue each received $3,000 to partner with other communities to produce the ninth annual Northern Kentucky Restoration Weekend.

The yearly free event features a variety of sessions on topics of interest to historic property owners and includes a day dedicated to professional development.

Each city will need a local match of $2,000.

Danville was awarded funds for a project that will include a visit to Cincinnati.

The Danville Public Art in Historic Districts Education Project is designed to to assist local architectural heritage board members, elected officials, and staff with studying how other communities incorporate public art into their historic districts

The project will involve a one-day field trip to Cincinnati to talk to local historic preservation planning staff and learn more about ArtWorks, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote workforce development and youth training though the creation of public art. Danville received $2,112 for the project.

More than $13,000 from this grant cycle has also been set aside for a second grant round this fall that will supplement projects already in the works or provide scholarships to local CLG program coordinators and board members to attend annual training presented by the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, the National Trust for Historic Preservation or the Kentucky Main Street Program.

-Staff report

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