United Way announces local grants for Jessamine County

Published 4:08 pm Thursday, August 16, 2018

From staff reports

This week, United Way of the Bluegrass announced $15,000 in local funding investments benefiting Jessamine County at the July board of trustees meeting. Local funding grants were awarded to five health and human service initiatives and programs serving the residents of Jessamine County.  These local grants are determined by the Jessamine County board of trustees, and available funds are based on the results of the 2017-18 campaign which concluded earlier this year.

Officially kicking off its  2018-19 fundraising campaign, United Way of the Bluegrass will host a luncheon presented by Community Trust Bank on Sept. 5 at Malone’s Prime in Lexington.

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United Way of the Bluegrass fights for the basic needs, education and financial stability of every person in Central Kentucky, and works to mobilize resources to benefit local programs aligned with these areas.  Its goal is to help 20,000 families become more self-sufficient by 2020. United Way relies on the support of residents and businesses in Jessamine County to help more local families succeed. Dollars donated to United Way of the Bluegrass are invested through local programs and agencies serving the people of Jessamine County. The UWBG service area also reaches Anderson, Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Madison, Montgomery, Scott and Woodford counties. 

This year, investments in Jessamine County included $825,800 awarded through regional funding grants which benefit agencies serving Jessamine County residents. Regional funding grants provide support to 47 nonprofit agencies and 63 programs in Central Kentucky. These community investments are made possible by the generosity of individuals and companies donating in order to support local communities through United Way of the Bluegrass. Regional funding awarded to selected agencies is provided on a three-year term. The current regional funding period will conclude in 2020.

Regional funding grants are awarded to local health and human service agencies selected by 70 community volunteers who volunteered more than 280 collective hours during the application and funding allocation process. United Way volunteers are asked to evaluate programs and funding applications based upon community need, measurable impact and outcomes, financial transparency and accountability of the organization or agency requesting funding.  The next regional funding application process will open in late 2019.

For more information about this event or United Way of the Bluegrass, please visit www.uwbg.org.