Blue Grass Community Foundation announces $100K grant for COVID-19 relief

Posted at 10:47 AM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 10:47:45-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Blue Grass Community Foundation has announced that it will grant $100,000 from the Fund for Greater Lexington community endowment to provide COVID-19 relief.

$50,000 will be awarded to the Coronavirus Response Fund, which is an emergency needs fund housed at the Blue Grass Community Foundation, in partnership with United Way of the Bluegrass. This fund has already donated $243,000 to nonprofit organizations providing access to food, healthcare, transportation and other basic needs to central Kentucky residents.

$10,000 will be awarded to the Nourish Lexington Fund, a partnership between Lexington nonprofit FoodChain, Keeneland, VisitLex and the E.E. Murry Family Foundation. FoodChain plans to ramp up its abilities to bring in out of work people in the food service industry to cook meals for community members in need.

$10,000 will be awarded to the Arts Resilience initiative, which is a partnership between LexArts and the Blue Grass Community Foundation.

The remainder $30,000 will be set aside to award in the coming weeks.

“On behalf of the Community Foundation, we recognize that we are in the greatest crisis of our lifetimes,” said Board Chair Fran Taylor. “We were moved to act swiftly and approve this $100,000 grant from the Fund for Greater Lexington to provide relief to those who most need our help.”