The past few weeks, Facebook users have received a steady stream of messages from friends and not-for-profit organizations asking for clicks to support them in a campaign for a $25,000 grant from the Chase Community Giving program.
One Lexington group, the Lexington Children's Theatre, finished in the top 100 in the national competition. That means the theater will receive $25,000 and be in the running for round two of the Community Giving campaign, in which one winner will receive $1 million, five will receive $100,000 and some other awards will be made. Chase is donating a total of $5 million through the campaign.
Lexington Children's Theatre was the only Kentucky group on the list of 100 winners from 31 states. Eligible organizations had to be not-for-profit groups with operating budgets of $10 million or less that serve the general population.
For the second round of voting, which will be Jan. 15 to Feb. 1, each group will have to submit a proposal of what it would do with a $1 million grant. Facebook users will be able to read the proposals.