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WKU Office of Sustainability receives $30,000 grant from Jessie Ball duPont Fund to fight food insecurity

The Western Kentucky University Office of Sustainability received a grant of $30,000 from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund to support the community food pantry and garden to assist members of the WKU community facing food insecurity. The Office of Sustainability has hosted a food pantry since 2011, providing food and toiletries to WKU students, faculty and staff. In response to increasing food insecurities...

Henry Luce Foundation awards Kentucky Museum $155,000 grant for Folk Art collection project

The Kentucky Museum will continue to catalog and digitize their Folk Art collection with support from a $155,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. The grant will provide funding for a Curator of Folk Art, a Folk Studies graduate assistantship, and consultation with quilt scholar and folklorist Laurel McKay Horton, who will collaboratively catalog and digitize the Folk Art collection into the Museum’s...

Grant program applications of nearly $2 million to fight violence against women available on Aug. 3

Gov. Andy Beshear and Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary Mary Noble announced that applications will be available Aug. 3 to apply for grant funding under the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Services, Training, Officers, Prosecution (STOP) Formula Grant Program. “Our state will distribute almost $2 million in federal funding through the VAWA STOP grant program to victim...

KDA secures USDA grant to purchase 56 freezers, refrigerators for Kentucky food pantries

Fifty-two local food pantries across Kentucky will soon have more space to store food items, thanks to a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant secured by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. “Thanks to the hard work of our Division of Food Distribution and Kevin Peach applying for the grant, we were able to fund the purchase of 56 appliances to keep food fresh during the pandemic,” Commissioner...

Lexington receives grant to help young people avoid homelessness as they leave foster care

The City of Lexington has received a $46,000 federal grant to help young people who are transitioning out of foster care avoid homelessness. “Often times we think of homelessness as being centered around adults and senior citizens, however, this grant allows us to bring to the forefront the issues centered around youth transitioning out of foster care who are at risk of homelessness,” said Austin...

Kentucky Humanities receives grant to bring Democracy & the Informed Citizen to Kentucky

Kentucky Humanities has received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to bring Democracy & the Informed Citizen to the Commonwealth. Kentucky Humanities has partnered with six Kentucky universities — the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville, Murray State University, the University of Pikeville, Transylvania University and Western Kentucky University — to bring a variety...

EKU aviation program awarded Appalachian Regional Commission grant to purchase flight simulators

A nearly half-million-dollar investment in Eastern Kentucky will bring hands-on experience with Eastern Kentucky University’s highly touted aviation program directly to students in the service region. The purchase of two dozen virtual reality flight simulators, to be placed throughout the Appalachian region, is being made possible with a nearly $360,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission....

Corporation for Public Broadcasting awards WKU Public Broadcasting $246,863 grant

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has awarded a $246,863 grant to Western Kentucky University Public Broadcasting to develop and expand its workforce development training program for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The grant, “Embracing Differences, Finding Strengths: A Public Broadcasting Model for Autism Inclusion,” is led by project directors Molly Swietek and...

Carpenter Foundation awards grant to Kentucky Museum to restore historic Felts House at WKU

The Kentucky Museum has received a $36,000 grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation to support restoration of the historic Felts House, located on Western Kentucky University’s main campus. Constructed in 1810 in Logan County, the Felts House was the home of Archibald Felts, a Revolutionary War veteran who was among the first generation of permanent settlers in Kentucky. The two-story,...

BCTC awarded $20,000 grant to develop Orthotics and Prosthetics Technician program in Kentucky

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) has been selected by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) MentorLinks: Advancing Technological Education program to be part of the 2019-2021 cohort. Supported by the National Science Foundation, the MentorLinks program helps colleges to develop or strengthen technician training in STEM fields. BCTC has been approved for $20,000 to develop...

WRSI grant of $3 million allotted to expand healthcare education, training at BCTC Leestown Campus

To meet the rapidly increasing healthcare needs in Fayette and surrounding counties, the Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Leestown Campus leaders in Lexington had to dream big, expand partnerships and find funding. Through a $3,040,000 Work Ready Skills Initiative (WRSI) grant from the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) and funds from community partners, that dream is...

UK gets $11 million grant to decrease cervical cancer in Eastern Ky; focus on smoking, HPV, screenings

The University of Kentucky has been awarded a five-year, $11 million grant to work toward reducing the rates of cervical cancer in Eastern Kentucky, a region that has some of the highest rates of incidence and deaths from it in the nation. The research will address three of the risk factors that contribute to these high rates — smoking, the human papillomavirus (HPV) and low rates of cervical-cancer...

PSC grants rate increase to Ky. American Water, approves surcharge for water main improvements

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has granted a rate adjustment to Kentucky American Water Co. (KAWC) that is about one-third less than the amount requested by the utility. In an order issued Thursday, the PSC authorized a $13.40 million, or about 15.23 percent, increase in Kentucky American’s annual revenue. The utility had requested an increase of $19.86 million, or 22.6 percent. The...

Kentucky Bar Foundation awards $7,500 grant to Chrysalis House for enhancing women’s opportunties

Chrysalis House has been awarded a Kentucky Bar Foundation 2019 grant in the amount of $7,500 for Accessing the Court System and Resolving Legal Issues for Chrysalis House Women. Chrysalis House aids clients in addressing un­met legal needs to enhance their employment potential. Clients also have opportunities to participate in mock interviews and work with employers who have agreed to hire people...

Improved health is community undertaking, according to six-year FHK initiative

If more Kentucky communities tackled their health issues as communities, the overall health of the state could be improved. That’s one lesson of a six-year program that the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky recently completed in seven counties. The “Investing in Kentucky’s Future” initiative focused on children. It “improved student eating habits, increased youth physical...

Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange awarded Art Works grant of $45,000, announces 2019 Learning Cohort

The Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange (RUX) has been awarded an Art Works grant of $45,000 by the National Endowment of the Arts for Art of the Rural. The agency received 1,592 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking and will award 95 grants in the Presenting and Multidisciplinary Works category of Art Works, which is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program. “These awards, reaching...

PNC Foundation awards two-year grants to Fayette County Public Schools, Lexington Public Library

The PNC Foundation is awarding a $100,000 grant to Fayette County Public Schools and a $50,000 grant to the Lexington Public Library as part of the 15th anniversary celebration of PNC Grow Up Great, the bilingual $500 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life. The two-year grants are designed to support the specific needs of preschool...

UK horticulture researcher receives $500,000 grant to study epigenetic memory in grapevines

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Plants use memory at the molecular level to respond to stress in their environment. A University of Kentucky researcher, Carlos Rodríguez López, has received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, to explore epigenetic memory, continuing research he began while living in Australia. To survive...

State Farm awards $10,000 grant to Prichard Committee to support parent leadership institute

State Farm is providing continuing support for the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence with its recent $10,000 grant to the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership. The grant, reflecting State Farm’s longstanding commitment to the work, will assist the committee’s efforts to provide training and a comprehensive system of supports to engage and empower parents to become vocal advocates...

EPA awards $1.1 million to Kentucky to help address leaking underground storage tanks throughout state

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a $1,170,000 grant to the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection to assist the state in cleaning up petroleum contamination from leaking underground storage tanks throughout the state. This grant is funded through the Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Trust Fund to support state efforts to address this type of contamination. States...