A federal agency has given the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky $1 million, on top of an earlier $2 million, to make matching grants aimed at addressing the state's health challenges. The money comes from the Corporation for National and Community Services, which supports service and volunteering though grants and programs like AmeriCorps and Senior Corps.
The funds have "given us the opportunity to test innovative approaches that promote lasting change where the need is most critical," Foundation CEO and President Susan Zepeda said. "The continuation funding allows us to have an even greater impact in communities as we discover new information about how to address Kentucky's health challenges."
The $3 million is being matched by the foundation, and the $6 million in grants will be matched by the recipients, resulting in a $12 million impact. The foundation announced in February grants totaling $1 million for projects that will serve almost 9,000 Kentuckians in one year. The four grant recipients were Home of the Innocents in Louisville; St. Joseph Health System in Lexington; Cumberland Family Medical Center in Burkesville; and Montgomery County Health Department in Mt. Sterling. A fifth grant was awarded to Meade Activity Center in Brandenburg in June. Each organization received $250,000. (Read more)