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Kentucky Colonels donate $1 million to Team Kentucky Fund to aid those affected by pandemic

The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels is contributing $1 million to the Team Kentucky Fund, developed by Gov. Andy Beshear to deliver financial aid to those adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our Board of Trustees approved an immediate contribution of $1 million from our organization’s trust fund to Team Kentucky Fund for our citizens who find themselves in dire need of everyday necessities...

Kentucky Humanities now accepting applications for CARES Act emergency operating grants

Kentucky Humanities has been provided with grant funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to assist cultural institutions affected by the Coronavirus as part of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act economic stabilization plan appropriated by the U.S. Congress and signed into law last month by President Donald Trump. A Kentucky Humanities CARES Act Grant will provide unrestricted operating...

Fund helping Appalachian businesses receives big boost from James Graham Brown Foundation

Businesses and nonprofits in rural and mountainous areas of Eastern Kentucky are among the hardest hit by the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing. A new fund set up in late March to help these Appalachian organizations has received a big boost with a $500,000 contribution from the James Graham Brown Foundation. This brings the Regional Response & Recovery Fund, established by...

Ashland native Dylan Hanshaw assists in EKU’s creation of Student Assistance Fund for Eastern

Eastern Kentucky University student Dylan Hanshaw has always had a heart for service. The Ashland native logged more than 300 hours of community service before graduating from Boyd County High School in 2016. It is that drive to help others that led him to aid Dr. Lara Vance, director of the Student Success Center (SSC), in the creation of the Student Assistance Fund for Eastern (SAFE). A combined...

Statewide day of online giving brings Kentuckians together with Kentucky Gives Day on May 12

Kentucky Gives Day – the statewide 24-hour online giving event – returns for an eighth year on May 12. Nonprofit organizations interested in a tool to raise needed funds for their mission and boost their online fundraising efforts are encouraged to participate. “Last year, Kentucky Gives Day helped nonprofits across Kentucky work together to raise over $383,000 through a single website...

Thoroughbred Charities of America’s Horses First Fund to provide support amid COVID-19 pandemic

Thoroughbred Charities of America’s Horses First Fund is providing funding to backstretch and aftercare organizations working to support the Thoroughbred community amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Established in 2016 by LNJ Foxwoods, the Horses First Fund assists Thoroughbreds and their caretakers in need of emergency aid due to large-scale neglect, natural disaster, or other catastrophes. The Backstretch...

GRADD providing hot meals to keep seniors ‘Healthy at Home’ during COVID-19 crisis in Western Ky.

The Green River Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living has been authorized to provide hot meals to all seniors age 60 and over who need them during this COVID-19 crisis. The meals are being made available through Gov. Beshear’s “Healthy at Home” initiative, a testament to his commitment to protecting all Kentuckians, and especially those who are among our most vulnerable citizens. For seniors...

Hope Center, Transylvania partner to provide temporary emergency shelter space until April 30

With spring sports canceled and students taking courses remotely, the empty gyms and locker rooms at Transylvania University’s Clive M. Beck Center will soon fill a critical need in the community: temporary shelter for clients of Lexington’s Hope Center. Beginning Tuesday through April 30, the Beck Center’s practice gym will serve as a shelter for 40-50 individuals who regularly stay at the Hope...

Newton’s Attic provides remote learning STEM project kits, online lessons for home-bound students

Newton’s Attic, a local nonprofit, has developed mail-order project kits paired with both live and pre-recorded online lessons which can be followed at home in order to serve students and families whose schedules have been disrupted by school shutdowns in recent weeks. The first project available to the public was a laser-cut tabletop catapult. Kits are available online for order, and the recorded...

Chrysalis House turning to community for support to continue services during coronavirus pandemic

During this time of incredible need, Chrysalis House, Kentucky’s oldest and largest licensed treatment program for women with substance use disorders, continues to provide critical services to women and their babies. With 4 residential facilities, participants in the aftercare and outpatient programs and residents in the 40 unit apartment complex, it takes a tremendous amount of resources to care...

USA Cares online running event connects communities on national scale during quarantine

USA Cares’ Keep Your Distance VIRTUAL 5K Run/Walk is in full swing. The COVID-19 pandemic has left many struggling with isolation, boredom, the loss of freedom and feelings of uncertainty over what happens next. This online event is a great way to stay active and help support your community during this unprecedented pandemic. This virtual race is a new and exciting way to engage with people all...

God’s Pantry Food Bank coordinates COVID-19 response to reduce hunger in Central, Eastern Ky.

God’s Pantry Food Bank is rapidly responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by safely providing food to families through a network of 400 food pantry and meal programs. Last week, the Food Bank saw a 35 percent increase for food assistance across our 50 county service area. In Fayette county needs increased 50 percent in the past 8 days. God’s Pantry Food Bank is committed to providing the critical services...

Child Victims’ Trust Fund grant applications open for programs preventing child abuse, exploitation

Attorney General Daniel Cameron has announced the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention (CSAEP) Board within the Office of the Attorney General is accepting Child Victims’ Trust Fund grant applications through April 22. Kentucky nonprofits, public agencies, and Children’s Advocacy Centers dedicated to eliminating child abuse and exploitation are encouraged to apply. Daniel Cameron “We’re...

Coronavirus measures taking toll on local Bluegrass Council of the Blind in Lexington; how you can help

Due to COVID-19, the Bluegrass Council of the Blind (BCB) is moving in-person group activities to remote access only and closing its doors temporarily to walk-in traffic. “Given that the BCB community is made up of mostly seniors and folks who are immunocompromised or suffering from additional health issues, we began seeking new ways of delivering our services, even before social distancing was recommended,”...

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill temporarily closing in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is temporarily closing to all guests as of March 24, due to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 and instructions from Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and public health officials. After much thought, internal meetings with senior staff members and with the approval of the Shaker Village Board of Trustees it was decided that the Village needed to temporarily close to ensure the...

Brown-Forman Corporation donates $1 million to COVID-19 response funds to support those impacted

Brown-Forman Corporation has announced a donation of $1 million to COVID-19 response funds. The donation announced Monday supports multiple locations and agencies as Brown-Forman assesses community and industry needs and identifies the best ways to support those impacted by COVID-19. “As COVID-19 has spread throughout the world, we want to provide assistance to our communities in this time of great...

Coronavirus Response Fund launched to provide relief across Central and Appalachia Kentucky

United Way of the Bluegrass (UWBG) and Blue Grass Community Foundation (BGCF) have joined forces to launch a Coronavirus Response Fund to help provide critical support to vulnerable populations across Central and Appalachia Kentucky who may be adversely affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Working closely with the City of Lexington — nonprofit and community leaders are uniting to streamline fundraising...

United Way joins forces with Blue Grass Community Foundation, Lexington for COVID-19 Response Fund

Kentuckians are strong, resilient and ready to do what is needed to help create and maintain a safe and healthy community. But the fact is, many friends and family members will experience hardships as a result of the shut-downs and closures during the COVID-19 response. Even though we are living apart, we can unite to help make a difference. To help serve more individuals and families across the Bluegrass...

Frazier History Museum goes virtual as hub of free entertainment and educational content

KyForward staff report Many families are experiencing a great deal of uncertainty and anxiety right now. It is with that in mind that Frazier History Museum is introducing the Frazier’s Virtual Museum, a hub of free entertainment and educational content accessible by phone or computer. Starting Tuesday (March 17) and continuing through the COVID-19 crisis, Frazier History Museum is going to engage,...

Murray State alumni create scholarship to benefit Kentucky students in Graves, Muhlenberg counties

Larry and Carol McClure have established an endowed fund at Murray State University to benefit undergraduate students from Graves and Muhlenberg counties in Kentucky. With the couple’s recent gifts totaling more than $100,000 to the Murray State University Foundation, this level of funding will generate an average of four scholarships every year moving forward. The Larry and Carol (Vincent) McClure...