Mayor Gorton announces Response Fund to aid communities during coronavirus

Posted at 2:16 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 14:16:27-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton held a press conference Thursday to update the community on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gorton thanked local businesses, government officials and local residents for working together in attempt to flatten the curve and limit exposure to vulnerable populace.

In order to continue charitable operations, United Way of the Bluegrass (UWBG) and Blue Grass Community Foundation (BGCF) have joined forces to launch a Coronavirus Response Fund to help provide critical support to vulnerable populations across Central and Eastern Kentucky.

Officials are moving quickly to issue the initial round of regional grants to increase resiliency in disproportionately affected communities. The first grant will be awarded this week to God’s Pantry to help deploy 40,000 meals to those in-need across the region.

Rapid-response grants will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs. BGCF will administer grants from the Response Fund in partnership with UWBG and in close collaboration with community advisors and local governments.

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