Bluegrass PRIDE, an environmental non-profit organization that has served 18 counties in central Kentucky for the past three years, will not receive any federal funding next fiscal year.
Officials said it is a major setback since the program is funded solely through federal funds.
The program, initially started by Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher, gained the support of Democrat Congressman Ben Chandler because of its non-partisan approach to environmental issues.
Despite Chandler's support and the program's successes, Bluegrass PRIDE did not receive funding during the federal appropriation process for the 2005 fiscal year, officials said.
Since its inception, the program has awarded more than $375,000 for community environmental projects and $135,000 for environmental education programs.
Additionally, PRIDE, which stands for Personal Responsibility In a Desirable Environment, has spent in excess of $200,000 to directly support outreach campaigns that address local environmental issues such as non-point source pollution, household hazardous waste and litter.