State grants Main Street $64,000 from nonprofit fund

MURRAY – A $64,000 state grant will help Murray Main Street pay for a new mural on the court square, as well as future program expenditures.

Murray Main Street Program Director Deana Wright applied for the grant recently and told Main Street board members at their monthly meeting last week that she had now received the check. The money was awarded through a Team Kentucky nonprofit grant program, which the state funded with some of the money it received from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Wright said any nonprofit could apply, but she wasn’t able to write the grant until the application window had already been open for 10 days. With funds being awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so she was pleased to receive the good news.

“We did get it,” Wright said. “I was told we got it (earlier), but I don’t believe those things until I see the check!”

The board talked about the first project for which the money will be used. The organization had originally planned to have a local artist paint a mural in Imagination Alley, which is located between The Bull Pen building and the Peel & Holland/Keller Williams building. Unfortunately, the artist has a large out-of-town job, so his schedule did not allow him to complete it before Main Street Merriment is held on Dec. 2, Promotions Committee Steven Hunter said. He said Ashland artist Elias Reynolds – who last week spray painted a large mural at 300 North Main St. – said he would be able to complete it in time. Wright said th