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Fayette County: JustFundKY provides grants to state organizations for advocacy projects

Ten Kentucky organizations are the first to receive grants as a result of a $1 million endowment raised by the gay, lesbian and transgender advocacy group JustFundKy.

The endowment was the result of four years of fund-raising by the Lexington-based group, which raises money to support efforts to increase awareness and understanding of the gay community in Kentucky. Half of the endowment came from a $500,000 matching grant from Louisville businessman Cliff Todd.

This year's grants total $30,750. Recipients are:

■ Carnegie Center for Learning and Literacy, Lexington, $2,400 for a writing contest that focuses on the contributions or content related to gay and lesbians.

■ Come Together Kentucky Conference, a conference for students hosted by the University of Louisville, $2,500.

■ Eastern Kentucky University Alphabet Center resource center, Richmond, $2,220 to conduct a variety of programming to promote fairness.

■ Kentucky Fairness Alliance, $2,600 to develop a database of gay-friendly professionals and organizations in the state.

■ Gay and Lesbian Services Organization, Lexington, $2,500 to conduct a youth empowerment project for high school students.

■ Lexington Fairness/Project Speak Out, $5,000 for an anti-bullying campaign in schools.

■ Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass, $5,000 to revise its patient bill of rights and train staff on the challenges of gay residents and their families.

■ Outlaw, a group at the University of Kentucky College of Law, $2,000 to support guest speakers for a forum, diversify recruitment at the college and enhance awareness of gay issues in the legal community.

■ Pandora Productions, Louisville, $2,500 to produce the play The Temperamentals, about the formation of one of the first gay-rights groups, the Mattachine Society.

■ Statewide Fairness Coalition, $4,000 to conduct educational campaigns in Madison County and Eastern Kentucky counties that are considering fairness ordinances.

Recipients will be recognized at an event at 8 p.m. Oct. 1 at Spindletop Hall in Lexington. Entertainment will include Robbie Bartlett, the Jay Flippin Trio and DJ Renown. Tickets, available at the door, are $50, or $25 for those 25 and younger.

Future grants will made from the interest earned from the endowment, which will never be disturbed, the group said. To apply for a grant, go to Justfundky.org.

Special tours at Mary Todd Lincoln House

A special tour, "Death, Mourning, and Mrs. Lincoln," will be presented at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Mary Todd Lincoln House. During the tour, visitors will learn how the first lady's experiences reflected the ways that 19th-century Americans coped with death. The program will feature artifacts and other historical sources that illustrate evolving funerary and mourning customs, and unorthodox practices, such as spiritualism.

Reservations are required. Admission is $12; $9 for KMPF members and their guests. The tour is not recommended for children. Light refreshments will follow the tour. The Mary Todd Lincoln House is at 578 West Main Street. Call (859) 233-9999 for reservations, or go to MTLhouse.org for more information.

Mandatory meeting for partner agency applicants

All Fayette County social services agencies considering applying for Lexington Fayette Urban County Government partner agency funding for fiscal year 2013 must attend a mandatory pre-application meeting to be eligible to submit an application.

The meeting will be 4-5:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Outing Room at Gay Brewer Jr. Course at Picadome, 469 Parkway Drive.

Funding priority will be placed on programs addressing one or more of the following service areas: services for senior citizens, mental health and substance abuse services, positive youth development, violence prevention, public health, and agencies with funding required by state statute or LFUCG ordinance.

For more information, contact Craig Bencz at (859) 258-3807, or by email at cbencz@lexingtonky.gov.

Low-cost cancer screenings offered

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will offer low-cost breast cancer and cervical cancer screenings from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 8 at the health department's Public Health Clinic North, 805A Newtown Circle. Services will be provided on a sliding scale based on income. Appointments are required, and a limited number of spots are available. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call (859) 288-2446.

Outdoor archery range to open at Hisle Park

The first outdoor archery range at a Lexington city park will open Saturday, with a festival featuring demonstrations and open shooting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Arrow Fest will be at Hisle Park. There will be a clinic on safe archery-range practices before the open shooting. Arrow Fest will feature archery vendors, concessions and drawings for prizes. Sponsors for the event are the Lexington Division of Parks & Recreation, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, and High Country Archery.

Hisle Park is at 3601 Briar Hill Road in northeast Fayette County.

For more information, call (859) 288-2900.

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