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Central Ky. American Heart Association announces new research, education fund honoring Carol Barr

The Central Kentucky American Heart Association, in conjunction with the friends and family of Carol Barr, has created the Carol Barr Fund. The Fund will support research as well as STEM programming for young women in Kentucky. The Fund was created by the Carol Barr Advisory Team, a group of Carol’s friends and family who created the Fund to help honor Carol’s legacy of leadership with the American...

James Graham Brown Foundation announces grants of more than $7 million to Kentucky organizations

The James Graham Brown Foundation has announced $7,185,000 in grant awards to Kentucky organizations that support the foundation’s strategic focus areas of education and workforce development. Approved during the foundation’s board of Trustees meeting February 16, the partnerships are aimed at spurring the growth of stronger, more competitive communities in the state. Grant receipients are: •...

WKCTC moves forward with plans for $15 million grant from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott

The Paducah Junior College, Inc., (PJC) Board of Trustees approved a resolution Feb. 18 supporting the framework for use of a $15 million gift received in December from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott and created a special committee to work with West Kentucky Community and Technical College President Anton Reece and the WKCTC cabinet on reviewing final details of the framework for gift utilization,...

CFL announces new grant making strategy focused on black-led social change organizations

The Community Foundation of Louisville has announced the Fund for Louisville’s new grant strategy for 2021-23. The Fund will support up to 12 Black-led social change organizations that are advancing systems-level changes through their work, or supporting individuals as they navigate systems-level barriers. The innovative, trust-based application process is open now through March 29. Black-led social...

UK Transportation Services’ Donations for Citations program benefitting Big Blue Pantry begins March 1

Donations for Citations, a popular program that helps stock the shelves at University of Kentucky’s Big Blue Pantry, will take place this year beginning Monday, March 1, through Friday, March 12. UK students and employees who have a parking citation can pay their fee during this two-week period by donating food or personal care items to Big Blue Pantry. This will be the sixth year that UK Transportation...

Kentucky Book Festival subscription literary series offers bibliophiles a mailed-to-your-door experience

The Kentucky Book Festival on Monday announced a new literary subscription series called the Kentucky Book Festival Book Bundle, offering book fans mailed copies of selections from Kentucky authors. The new series will showcase the works of well-known and highly acclaimed Kentucky authors and artisans, connecting two humanities-driven themes, literature and art. “Subscribers will find themselves...

Answers in Genesis’ Answers TV expands offerings with 55 videos from Billy Graham Evangelistic Assn.

The new on-line streaming service of Answers TV expanded with the addition of 55 videos from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). They include 18 theatrical BGEA movie releases, 25 TV programs and documentaries, and 12 classic sermons by the late evangelist, Billy Graham. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Answers in Genesis launched a state-of-the-art video streaming platform that now offers...

Rex Chapman launches grassroots campaign ‘Pass the Hat with Rex’ to benefit Nourish Lexington

The Rex Chapman Foundation is launching “Pass the Hat with Rex,” a grassroots social campaign to benefit Nourish Lexington. is committing $25,000 in matching funds from his foundation. The Lexington community and beyond will have the opportunity to join Chapman in this campaign by either creating their own TikTok/”Pass the Hat” video or simply donating at NourishLexington.org. Use the hashtag...

Kentucky’s Farms to Food Banks program a lifeline for many as pandemic increases food insecurity

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service As the food-insecurity crisis continues, Kentucky growers are stepping in to fill the void. Last year 371 farmers participated in the state’s Farms to Food Banks program, and advocates say a funding boost could help feed more families at a time when many are facing financial hardship, while also financially compensating growers. (Click for larger graphic) Karena...

Kentucky Student Voice Team spins off from Prichard Committee, creates student-led nonprofit

Eight years ago, the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence committed to positioning Kentucky students as education policy, advocacy and research partners by co-creating the Student Voice Team. Since that time, the team has engaged thousands of students and other education stakeholders from across the Commonwealth to ensure conversations about education policy are student-centered.  Prichard Committee...

Federal Violence Against Women grants awarded to 28 agencies in KY, including Chrysalis House, The Nest

Gov. Andy Beshear and Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary Mary Noble announced that $2,116,636 has been awarded in grant funding from the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Services, Training, Officers, Prosecution (STOP) Formula Grant Program to 28 agencies across Kentucky. VAWA STOP Formula Grant Program funds are used to develop and strengthen effective law enforcement, prosecution,...

USA Cares launches new website in effort to further meet the needs of military veterans, families

USA Cares Inc. has announced the launch of a new website to meet the growing needs of post-9/11 veterans, service members, and their families. The new website serves as a milestone for the national non-profit veteran service organization that has seen tremendous growth since its inception in 2003. Headquartered in Louisville, USA Cares provides American veterans and military families with financial...

CASA of Lexington Bourbon and Bayou fundraiser goes virtual with at home bourbon tasting Feb 12.

CASA of Lexington’s signature Mardis Gras event, Bourbon and the Bayou, has gone virtual this year, providing an opportunity to enjoy the experience of a private bourbon tasting event from the comfort of your own home. The virtual party on Feb. 12 will feature a Bourbon education and tasting segment led by Sommelier Tim Knittel with Distilled Living. Knittel is a Kentucky bourbon industry insider...

Kentucky Equine Education Project announces $20,000 in scholarships to incentivize equine studies

The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) Foundation has announced the allocation of $20,000 in scholarships to students pursuing equine studies or a related field within the state of Kentucky. Ten separate $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to students from any state who have decided to study within the equine, animal science or agriculture industry of Kentucky. The scholarships are also open...

Beshear donates nearly $16K from inaugural fund to Feeding Kentucky on Hunger Free Day

Gov. Andy Beshear signed a proclamation declaring Jan. 28 as Hunger Free Day in Kentucky and made a surprise donation to the group Feeding Kentucky of nearly $16,000 left over from the Beshear-Coleman inaugural fund. During a virtual event Thursday morning, the Governor praised the advocates and workers on the front line helping to make sure Kentucky families stay fed, work made tougher by the COVID-19...

Central Kentucky Community Foundation welcomes four new members to its board of directors

Central Kentucky Community Foundation, the philanthropic focal point of the region serving Breckinridge, Grayson, Hardin, Hart, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson and Washington counties, recently welcomed four new members to its board of directors. Drew Ballard Drew Ballard, John Beavin, Ed Durnil and Greg Lee were recently installed as members at a CKCF board meeting. CKCF Board Chairman Lindsey Alicna...

Kentucky, Florida tied at 243 donors each after first day of annual Big Blue Slam blood drive

With the overall series tied at six wins apiece, Kentucky and Florida continue a heated rivalry with this year’s Big Blue Slam. The two blood centers and fan bases are tied after the first day of the 2021 competition, with 243 donors each on Monday. Big Blue Slam is the annual blood battle between the Cats and the Gators to see which fans can donate the most blood. The annual competition week goes...

Kentucky Youth Advocates to hold Children’s Advocacy Week, virtually, to engage with legislators

Hundreds of youth advocates from across Kentucky typically gather in Frankfort for the annual Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol. This year, with the need to reduce in-person events and because one day is not enough for this important advocacy, we have shifted to Children’s Advocacy WEEK. Advocates, state leaders, youth, and media are invited to participate in a series of virtual events...

Kentucky 4-H’ers finding safe, effective ways to impact their communities during COVID-19 pandemic

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Kentucky 4-H’ers are finding safe and effective ways to brighten people’s days and make their communities better places to live during the COVID-19 pandemic. In Nelson County, a group from the county’s 4-H teen council decided to host an online community service club on Zoom. Named 4-H Helping Hands, the group was led by the teens and met weekly during the...

Joey Maggard, executive director for Central Kentucky American Heart Association, to retire

Joey Maggard, executive director for the Central Kentucky Division of the American Heart Association, has announced his retirement, effective Jan. 31. During Maggard’s 15-year tenure, the local division has made great strides in visibility, fundraising and outreach. Under Maggard’s leadership, the local division staff and volunteers have set numerous National Benchmarks in fundraising, with the...