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What It Is

Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (KTAP) is the monetary assistance program established by Kentucky using Federal funds from the TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) block grant. KTAP provides financial and medical assistance to needy dependent children in Kentucky and the parents, or relatives, with whom the children are living. KTAP also helps families find jobs or get training that leads to a job.

A family can only get KTAP for 60-months (5 years) in a lifetime. Each month a family gets KTAP counts toward the 60-month limit. A family does not have to get KTAP for 60-months straight. For example, a family can get KTAP for 24-months and stop. Later, the family can get 36-more months.

KTAP payments to families are based on family size and income. In addition to the monetary grant, KTAP recipients may also be eligible for supportive services such as childcare and transportation assistance through the Kentucky Works program. Relocation Assistance is also available to qualified KTAP recipients, as are the educational bonus, work incentive bonus, and Employment Retention Assistance.


In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Kentucky, a U.S. citizen or qualified alien, unemployed or under employed (working for very low wages), a parent/relative caregiver who is responsible for children up to the age of 18 (or 19 years old if meeting the school attendance requirement), and have low or very low income.


A family may apply for KTAP and other assistance at the local Community Based Services offices in the county where the family lives. For additional information about KTAP, contact your local Department for Community Based Services office.

What happens when a KTAP person goes to work?

  • The KTAP check does not always stop. The earnings may not be counted for two months.
  • When the earnings are counted in the KTAP case, certain deductions are allowed.
  • A family member may also get help with things needed in order to keep working

What happens if KTAP is discontinued due to work?

  • The family may still get some help such as Medicaid or food stamp benefits.
  • The family may get Work Incentive reimbursements for up to nine months.
  • Child care assistance may be received as long as the family meets the guidelines for the Child Care Assistance Program.