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United Way announces local grants

UNITED WAY of the Bluegrass staff members and members of the Woodford County Board of Trustees include, from left, Bob Kain, Hanna Kroskie, Scott Hawkins, Richard Drayer, Sue Van Patten, Carol Bates, and Jackie Cecil. (Photo submitted)

United Way of the Bluegrass announced $15,000 in local funding investments benefiting Woodford County at the July Board of Trustees meeting. Local funding grants were awarded to seven health and human service initiatives and programs serving the residents of Woodford County. Local grants are determined by the Woodford County Board of Trustees and available funds are based on the results of the 2017-2018 campaign, which concluded in June.

United Way of the Bluegrass fights for the basic needs, education and financial stability of every person in Central Kentucky and works to mobilize resources to benefit local programs aligned with these areas. With a Big Bold Goal to help 20,000 families become more self-sufficient by 2020, United Way relies on the support of residents and businesses in Woodford County to help more local families succeed. Dollars donated to United Way of the Bluegrass are invested through local programs and agencies serving the people of Woodford County. The UWBG service area also reaches Anderson, Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Jessamine, Madison, Montgomery, and Scott counties.

This year, investments in Woodford County include $785,500 awarded through regional funding grants. Regional funding grants provide support to 47 nonprofit agencies and 63 programs in Central Kentucky working to make impacts in the areas of basic needs, education and financial stability. Regional funding awarded to selected agencies is provided on a three-year term. The current regional funding period will conclude in 2020.

Regional funding grants are awarded to local health and human service agencies selected by 70 community volunteers who volunteered more than 280 collective hours during the application and funding allocation process. United Way volunteers are asked to evaluate programs and funding applications based upon community need, measurable impact and outcomes, financial transparency and accountability of the organization or agency requesting funding. The next regional funding application process will open in late 2019.

United Way of the Bluegrass will officially kick off its 2018-2019 fundraising campaign at a Kick Off Luncheon presented by Community Trust Bank onSept. 5 at Malone’s Prime in Lexington. For more information about this event or United Way of the Bluegrass, please visit www.uwbg.org.

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