Last night we hosted our Meet the Finalists event at the American Sign Museum. It was an exciting evening, where we announced seven (7) Finalists for our 2016 Grant Awards.
The process is rigorous, the results inspiring. The Focus Area Committees evaluated approximately 100 Letters of Intent and Grant Request applications from January through June, culminating in the recommendation of seven Grant Finalists. The full Impact 100 membership will vote to award four (4) grants of $101,500, from the Finalists, during the Annual Awards Celebration on Tuesday, September 13th.
The seven Impact 100 2016 Grant Finalists and the proposed projects are:
The Dinner Club & Kitchenette.
Purchase the required commercial stove hood as part of the new St. Anthony Center
to provide the homeless breakfast and dinners 5 days per week. Additionally, fund a new kitchenette for the in-house respite care unit which provides post-hospitalization care & services for the homeless.
Expand the program to save wild mustangs, but more importantly, to serve 300 veterans annually suffering from PTSD as part of a proven alternative treatment where the veterans train mustangs for traditional equine therapy roles.
The Creative Commons.
"Outfit" the commons area of the new Hellman Creative Center in Covington to eliminate boundaries between artists & non-artists through programming which will strengthen public participation in the arts. The space will also be an event space for internal use and as a rental revenue stream.
Central Parkway Park Renovation.
Renovate the unused park next to Chatfield College to create an outdoor learning space and to provide service projects and hands-on learning for students. Local residents can enjoy the space, creating a sense of community pride.
Expand Green Dot Violence Prevention Program.
Expand the Green Dot program to 3 additional high schools in Northern Kentucky based on the success locally in changing behaviors, attitudes & responses to witnessed acts of violence and the successes documented by the University of Kentucky program originators.
Lincoln Grant Scholar House.
Equip the new living facility to provide single mothers pursuing post-secondary educations (and their children) an affordable living option and access to appropriate support programs. Grant will fund the necessary safety and programming amenities.
Constructing a Pathway Out of Poverty
Expand the Woodward Career Technical High School program by developing & implementing a practical, application-based math program in the middle schools to increase eligible placement of students into the high school program which prepares them to enter the construction trade.