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Nourish Lexington distributed more than 50,000 meals since inception eight weeks ago

Nourish Lexington, which began serving meals eight weeks ago, has prepared and distributed more than 50,000 meals to date. The organization also announced that it has surpassed the $200,000 mark on dollars spent in the local economy. To date, 32 shift workers received payment. In addition, Nourish Lexington received $10,000 from the Coronavirus Response Fund at the Blue Grass Community Foundation. “The...

Local Coronavirus Response Fund sets fundraising goal of $1 million, awards $370,000 to area nonprofits

United Way of the Bluegrass and Blue Grass Community Foundation have announced a fundraising goal of $1 million for the Coronavirus Response Fund. The two organizations joined forces last month to launch the Coronavirus Response Fund to provide critical support to vulnerable populations across their joint service area adversely affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The Fund is supporting local and...

Nourish Lexington initiative to employ displaced food service workers, feed Lexington families in need

Several Central Kentucky community organizations have announced the creation of Nourish Lexington, an initiative to utilize hospitality workers recently unemployed due to the COVID-19 closings as well as other community food assets to provide prepared meals to those who need immediate access to food. FoodChain, with support from the E.E. Murry Family Foundation, Keeneland and VisitLEX, formed Nourish...

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...

BGCF to host ‘learning event’ to discuss On the Table 2019 tonight at Historic Courthouse

Blue Grass Community Foundation will host a learning event to discuss On the Table 2019 at 6 p.m., Wednesday, February 20, at the Historic Lexington Courthouse, 215 W. Main St. The event will start with a 4:30-6 p.m. reception and dedication in partnership with VisitLex and Zim’s Cafe on the first floor. It will be followed with a 6-8 p.m. learning and host toolkit pick-up and a conversation...

Blue Grass Community Foundation awards $100,000 to 15 nonprofits focusing on literacy, early childhood

Blue Grass Community Foundation awarded $100,000 to 15 nonprofit organizations and schools serving Central Kentucky for projects focusing on literacy and early childhood education. These grants were made possible by the MacAdam Early Childhood and Literacy Fund at the Community Foundation. Applications for educational projects will again be accepted in July 2019.   Last year, Blue Grass Community...

City of Lexington, partners invite public to join in walks for inclusion, healing in Cheapside Aug. 10-12

The public is invited to join the City of Lexington and community partners for four storytelling walks that will feature the painful and under-told history related to Cheapside while celebrating wonderful contributions made by African-Americans. Two additional walks will celebrate a wide range of Lexingtonians who contribute to making the city a great place on a daily basis. In the fall of 2017, two...

Blue Grass Community Foundation to hold small, mealtime conversations about issues — join in

At a press conference at the Government Center yesterday, Blue Grass Community Foundation and the City of Lexington announced On The Table 2018, a community engagement initiative designed to bring people together during small, mealtime conversations to talk about issues that impact the quality of life in their communities. On Wednesday, March 28, On The Table discussions will take place at hundreds...

Keith MacAdam Endowment through BGCF will benefit trails on Kentucky’s Nature Preserves

The family of the late Keith MacAdam and the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission (KSNP) are pleased to announce the establishment of the “Keith MacAdam Endowment for the Kentucky Nature Preserves” in his memory through the Blue Grass Community Foundation. The $250,000 endowment fund will generate $10,000 each year exclusively for the management of trails on State Nature Preserves. The KSNP...

BGCF awards more than $18,000 to Fayette County Public Schools for 2017-18 mini-grant program

The Blue Grass Community Foundation has awarded a total of $18,680 to Fayette County Public Schools for the 2017-18 teacher mini-grant program, which encourages innovative learning and creativity in the classroom. All FCPS teachers were invited to apply. A committee of community volunteers considered each project’s potential to improve student achievement, the number of students who would benefit,...

Blue Grass Community Foundation announces 4-year, $100,000 matching grant to launch CivicLex

Blue Grass Community Foundation has announced a $100,000 matching grant to launch CivicLex, a nonprofit, non-partisan initiative designed to provide a better understanding of the issues impacting Lexington. The grant will provide four years of support of up to $25,000 per year, based on a dollar-for-dollar match. CivicLex will gather and share information about topical issues and civic processes at...

Kentucky American Water’s York Street storage tank gets artistic facelift, partnering with LAL and NoLi

Staff Report Kentucky American Water’s York Street storage tank in Lexington is being painted through a partnership with the Lexington Art League and the NoLi (North Limestone) corporation. A formal debut is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. The York St. Water Tank Mural
 Collaboration of NoLi CDC, Kentucky American Water, Blue Grass Community Foundation, Lexington Art League, and...

Morris Foundation to present Lewis Sexton Scholarship Fund Awards in Louisville

Three Kentucky high school seniors will receive $5,000 college scholarships through a fund named in honor of Lewis Sexton, former president of UAW Local 862 On Tuesday, Aug. 8, the Morris Foundation will present awards from the Lewis Sexton Scholarship Fund at an evening event at UAW Local 862. Sexton is the grandfather of Nate Morris, founder and chairman of Morris Industries. Morris is the Founder,...

SplashJAM water pad returns to Northeastern Park in time for the summer heat

Have fun and stay cool downtown this summer at SplashJAM. The pop-up splash pad is back. Blue Grass Community Foundation has once again partnered with Lexington Parks & Recreation, the City, Lexington Downtown Development Authority (LDDA) and Gehl Institute to open the pop-up splash pad at Northeastern Park, 140 N. Eastern Ave. “SplashJAM is a much needed addition, and we are glad to support...

Pop-up Music Lounge will serve as temporary community gathering spot on Southland Drive

The rain drenched them, but those who gathered to cut the ribbon at a new “pop-up” structure on Southland Drive recently didn’t let it dampen their enthusiasm. “The Music Lounge,” as designer Rakeem Bradshaw dubbed it, will serve as a temporary experimental community gathering spot along a corridor long known for its ties to music through its shops and entertainment facilities through October. Bradshaw,...

Your $5,000 idea to build a better Lexington? Knight announces Emerging City Champions Program

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced it will once again offer funding, mentorship and networking opportunities to young civic innovators through its Emerging City Champions program. Successful applicants will receive ongoing professional support, $5,000 to make their ideas a reality in one year, and a trip to the Emerging City Champions Studio in Toronto, Canada, from June 24 to...

On the Table initiative to spur community-wide conversation about Lexington set for Wednesday

Lexington is one of 10 cities across the U.S. selected to participate in the national replication initiative On the Table with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Blue Grass Community Foundation is spearheading the effort. On the Table is a community-wide conversation designed to bring people together during small mealtime conversations to discuss not only what makes their city...

Citizens invited to ‘On the Table’ kickoff celebration at Keeneland to discuss Lexington’s future

The ‘On the Table’ community conversation starts with a kickoff celebration March 1. The kickoff event will be 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Keeneland Entertainment Center, and is free and open to the public. Participants will receive food and drinks, swag bags and a toolkit to help them host their own ‘On the Table’ events on March 15. “Lexington, let’s gather around a table and talk about...

Two UK programs to benefit from 2016 GoodGiving Guide Challenge

The GoodGiving Guide Challenge, a local charitable campaign that was started six years ago by Smiley Pete Publishing and the Blue Grass Community Foundation, will raise money for two University of Kentucky programs — Child Development Center of the Bluegrass and Shoulder to Shoulder Global. Organizers of the campaign, which began Nov. 29, and ends Saturday, Dec. 31, hope to raise $2 million for...