Fayette County

Blue Grass Community Foundation awards 25 grants for northeast Lexington

By Dorothea Wingo

dwingo@herald-leader.com

Blue Grass Community Foundation, in cooperation with North Limestone Community Development Corp., has awarded 25 mini-grants totaling $47,098 to nonprofits and individuals with ideas for grass-roots projects in Lexington’s Northeast neighborhoods.

Successful applicants offered innovative approaches to infusing art, culture, food and health into the community. All funded projects benefit Lexington’s East End, North Limestone or Martin Luther King neighborhoods and demonstrate the power of small investments to foster community development. Winners were chosen by a review committee of community members with connections to Northeast Lexington. Grants range from $600 to $2,500.

Funded projects include an outdoor environmental education and play area in the park surrounding The Nest, free printmaking workshops, a pop-up festival celebrating Latino heritage, and an event to welcome recent immigrants.

“These mini-grants are part of a larger three-year grant from the Kresge Foundation to advance opportunities for greater citizen engagement in Lexington’s Northeast neighborhoods,” said Lisa Adkins, president and CEO of Blue Grass Community Foundation.

For a complete list of awards, go to Bgcf.org/engage/community.

Another funding cycle will take place this fall. Applicants must live or work in the East End, Martin Luther King or North Limestone neighborhoods. Organizations and individuals may apply. For more information, contact Andrea James at 859-225-3343 or andrea@bgcf.org.

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