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$50,000 Awarded to Nonprofits in NKY Funders' Grants Competition

Ten local nonprofits received $50,000 in funding from the NKY Funders' Grants competition.

It was held last Tuesday at the St. Elizabeth Training and Education Center in Erlanger.

Each nonprofit took the stage in front of hundreds of people, for three minutes each to describe their work and the scope of the project they sought to have funded.

NKY Funders' Grants partners selected a first-place winner in multiple categories and awarded $6,000 to the winners, and $3,000 to the second-place finishers.

One recipient won an additional $5,000 from an audience vote.

First and second place winners in each category:

Arts: first place, Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center; second place, Vent Haven Museum
Children & Youth: first place, Salvation Army in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky; second place, Children’s Law Center 
Economic Opportunity: first place, Housing Opportunities of Northern Kentucky; second place, Life Learning Center/Legal Aid of the Bluegrass collaboration
Education: first place, Adopt A Class; second place, UpSpring
Health: first place, Vivian’s Victory; second place, Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky

The $5,000 popular vote prize was awarded to Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky.

The NKY Funders’ Grants program looks forward to continuing its flexible model that allows additional funders and focus areas to be incorporated, in support of the nonprofit organizations that serve Northern Kentucky, according to a news release.

NKY Funders’ Grants is an ongoing program that convenes foundations and funders around mini-grant competitions for nonprofits that serve Northern Kentucky. The Butler Foundation, The Charles H. Dater Foundation, The R.C. Durr Foundation, Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky, and the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation joined forces in 2018 to launch the program. Interested foundations and funders can get more information about getting involved by contacting Nancy Grayson at [email protected].

-Staff report