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Louisville Health Equity Fund announces $80,000 in grants to local minority-led nonprofit organizations

In an effort to address disparities in our community’s health across racial and socioeconomic lines, the Louisville Health Equity Fund has announced the recipients of its 2019 grant awards.

The fund’s four grant recipients are local nonprofits who are working to build a racially equitable Louisville Metro. Each recipient will receive $20,000 this year and have the opportunity to receive a second $20,000 grant in 2020, to fund initiatives that will allow their organization to better address obstacles to health equity.

The recipients are:

• Bridge Kids International (BKI) uses the power of African heritage culture to create communities that support the well-being of young people and link African, African-American, Caribbean and other diaspora groups for the purposes of friendship, cooperation, and individual and community empowerment. The Health Equity Fund award will support BKI’s ongoing work and help establish the Nande Fund to build generational wealth in black families.

• La Casita Center enhances the well-being of Louisville’s Latino community through education, empowerment, advocacy, and wellness. The Health Equity Fund award will support La Casita Center in managing exponential growth in service to individuals and families who need material support to live safe and meaningful lives and their work to build a welcoming community that embraces our Latino immigrant neighbors.

• 2NOT1 Fatherhood and Families (2NOT1) is dedicated to promoting the safety and well-being of children by implementing strategies to keep fathers involved and families together. The Health Equity Fund award will support efforts to include fathers in every part of any process involving their children as well as engaging families together, specifically through policy efforts to reform school policies to support parental volunteerism.

• Play Cousin Collective (PCC) is an intergenerational collective of moms, dads, aunts, uncles, cousins and play cousins that helps parents build a network of support and improve their community so that children are free to live, play, and prosper. The Health Equity Fund award will increase healthy social connection for black parents and families through PCC programming as well as support the development of culturally appropriate curricula that can be utilized by other organizations.

Funds to support this grant opportunity are provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Community Foundation of Louisville, The Humana Foundation, Metro United Way, and Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence. The award recipients will receive training and support from the Center for Health Equity to help advance their work. Recipients were chosen through a comprehensive application and review process.

“At The Humana Foundation, we believe in enhancing the well-being of our community by encouraging collaboration between multiple sectors, resulting in greater health equity for all,” said Walter D. Woods, CEO of The Humana Foundation. “We’re pleased that our investment in the Health Equity Fund will support Louisville organizations working to address social determinants of health and ensure everyone in our community can have more healthy days.”

“These award recipients are true leaders in community creating new practices and influencing policies to build a better world for their families and communities,” said Susan Barry, JD, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Louisville. “At the Community Foundation, we bring together partners to create lasting impact so that people and places thrive. The Health Equity Fund is a great example of a funding partnership intentionally supporting organizations at the grassroots level, where innovation and community knowledge make real change.”

To be eligible for a Health Equity Fund grant, applicants must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, or be engaged in a charitable project fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in good standing. They must have people of color as a majority of organizational leadership and demonstrate significant advancement (or the potential to advance) health equity. They must demonstrate compelling evidence that their work is informed by and connected to the communities they serve.

For more about the Health Equity Fund, visit www.cflouisville.org.

From The Community Foundation of Louisville

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