Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (KTAP)

Updated June 26, 2019

KTAP which operates under federal TANF guidelines provides short-term financial assistance to eligible low-income families to help pay for basic needs such as rent, utilities, and other household expenses.

It is the only “welfare program” in Kentucky that provides cash assistance to families with children under the age of 18.


  • How much do you get for KTAP?

    For a family of three in Kentucky, the KTAP payment is $262 a month and it’s limited to no more than 24 consecutive months.01

    In addition to cash grant, KTAP recipients may also be eligible for food assistance and supportive services such as child care and transportation assistance through the Kentucky Works Program or “KWP”.

  • How do you qualify for welfare in KY?

    To qualify for welfare in KY, you must:

    • Be a U.S. citizen or legal qualified alien.
    • Live in Kentucky.
    • Be unemployed or under employed (working for very low wages).
    • Have a child under age 19 who lives with them. A child who is 18 must be a full-time high school student.
    • Meet income and resource limits.
  • How long can you get KTAP?

    Families are limited to no more than 24 months of KTAP benefits in a 60-month period and another 36 months after a period of interval.

Kentucky requires all KTAP applicants, as a condition of eligibility, to participate in work-related activities with the exception of those that are disabled or over 60 years old.

For this reason, KTAP also helps families find jobs or get training that leads to a job and ultimately self-sufficiency.

You may apply for KTAP online via Benefind — the self-service web portal that allows residents to prescreen or apply for Medicaid, KCHIP, SNAP, and Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (KTAP).

For additional information about KTAP visit

Or call the K-TAP information line at
(502) 564-7050

  1. For example, a family may receive KTAP benefits for 24 months, stop and later receive 36 more months of benefits.