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3 Covington Organizations are Finalists for $100,000 Grants

Three Covington-based organizations are among the seven finalists for the 2016 Impact grant. Four such grants will be awarded with a $101,500 prize.

The Center for Great Neighborhoods, the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission, and the Women's Crisis Center are up against Cincinnati-based organizations, St. Francis Seraph Ministries & Center for Respite Care, Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding & Horsemanship, Chatfield College, and Greater Vincinnati Construction Foundation.

The Impact 100 grant is designed to empower women.

The Center, if selected, would use the funds for the transformation and programming of the entrance area of the Hellmann Creative Center, the soon-to-be new home of the Center on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Uses of the grant money would include artist equipment grants, display equipment for a community-focused gallery space, hiring a coordinator, and a multi-media station highlighting local productions.

Scheduled to open in September, The Hellmann Creative Center will house The Center’s new offices, a community event space, and eight artists’ studios. The Hellmann Creative Center is a rehabilitation of the historic Hellmann Lumber Mill, located in one of the most disinvested areas of Covington.

“We see a new beginning for this building, one that will nurture and support people’s belief in their ability to create, and inspire them to build on and improve their lives in the community,” said Kate Greene, Program Manager Community Development at The Center. “An integral piece of this vision is to create a safe and welcoming space that is accessible, engaging, and inspiring to all Covington residents and visitors.”

The Center plans to welcome and engage the community through various projects and amenities including permanent art installations, a braille printer, community workshops and classes taught by local artists, classes taught in Spanish and Mam, and much more.

Women's Crisis Center would expand its Green Dot program. 

Green Dot shows a 40 percent reduction in sexual violence and a 50 percent reduction in other forms of violence in high schools where implemented. It successfully reduces rates of violence through increasing bystander behaviors and changing cultural norms. Currently, Women’s Crisis Center is partnering with 6 Northern Kentucky High Schools and 1 Cincinnati Public School to offer Green Dot at no cost to the schools.

The Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission would pay for some of the costs of the Lincoln Grant Scholar House construction, primarily, security features for the residents, landscaping, and outfitting the common areas (study center, children's library, academic advising). The Scholar House project is a complete transformation of the historic high school in Covington's Eastside and will offer residential opportunies and resources to single parents attending college.
"We are so honored to be among the finalists," said Florence Tandy, NKCAC executive director. "The more I have learned about Impact 100 and its members, the more impressed I am with their work and their approach to philanthropy. "

Recipients of the 2016 Impact 100 Grants will be named at Impact 100’s Annual Awards Celebration on September 13.

-Staff report

Photo: Lincoln Grant (RCN file)