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Community Ventures receives $51,000 grant from USDA to provide support to rural small businesses

Community Ventures (CV) continues to serve Kentucky’s rural small businesses through an uncertain economic climate, thanks in part to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and its Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP). CV will receive an additional $51,000 in grant dollars to provide business training and technical assistance to rural microborrowers and prospective microborrowers....

Community Ventures receives $450K from SBA to support Kentucky entrepreneurs, small businesses

Kentucky small business owners and entrepreneurs received a much-needed boost this week in the form of subsidized training and business development support through Community Ventures, who was awarded a $454,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA funded this award to Community Ventures to provide pre-loan and post-loan training and technical assistance to small business...

Art Inc. Kentucky unveils first art installation at The MET in Lexington; features poem by Frank X Walker

The East End of Lexington is now home to the first of many brand new art installations created to honor the community and its historical and cultural significance to the city. A poem entitled “Ode to the East End,” written by Kentucky’s first African American poet laureate, Frank X Walker, is now on permanent display on a 25-foot tall canvas atop the nearly-completed development at the...

Community Ventures awarded $135,000 for Appalachian businesses impacted by COVID-19

Community Ventures will receive a financial boost from the Appalachian Community Capital (ACC) in partnership with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for a new project targeted at small town businesses impacted by the economic crisis caused by COVID-19. ACC awarded $3.56 million in grants under an Emergency Business Response Assistance Program to strengthen and stabilize 31 Regional Community...

Art Inc. Kentucky awarded $75,000 for series of new art installations honoring Lexington’s East End

Community Ventures, via its artist incubator – Art Inc. Kentucky – received a significant federal grant award for a series of new art installations honoring Lexington’s historic East End. The National Endowment for the Arts announced over $84 million in awards to organizations across the country, including several Kentucky arts-based organizations. A total of 1,144 grants were awarded...

Community Ventures receives Microlender of the Year award from Kentucky Small Business Administration

Community Ventures was recognized as the SBA Microlender of the Year by the Kentucky Small Business Administration (SBA) for the 17th year in a row. Community Ventures Kentucky’s recognizable impact in lending throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky has paved the way for them to be recognized again this year. This past year, Community Ventures made 103 microloans to borrowers, totaling $787,950. The...

Community Ventures awarded $749,000 to issue loans to small-business owners in Kentucky

Community Ventures received $749,000 for a new loan program that will provide much-needed business loans to small-business owners and entrepreneurs throughout Kentucky. This past month, the United States Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Fund announced the 321 recipients of its FY 2019 Financial Assistance (FA) Awards, naming Community Ventures among...

Community Ventures is one of 20 finalists in Community Thrives Challenge; 10 to get $1m each

The Community Thrives Challenge, a $10-million funding opportunity by The Rockefeller Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, announced 20 finalists and 63 semi-finalists from across the country and Community Ventures was selected as one of the 20.  Later this year, up to ten of the finalists will be named grantees, receiving $1 million grants and tailored technical assistance.   “Community...

Commentary: Passport Health Plan, Bluegrass Harvest partnership increasing food access

Health care is more than going to your doctor and taking medicine. When we take a closer look beginning in the home, and extending to the workplace, our schools, and our neighborhoods, we see that the social determinants of health play a major role in overall health and well-being. Research on the social determinants of health is fairly new, but there’s no question that access to food, income, education,...