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Impact 100, NextGen announce 2020 grant finalists

September 16, 2020 | 12:06 am

Updated September 15, 2020 | 11:30 pm

Members of Impact 100 Owensboro’s board of directors on Tuesday announced the 2020 finalists to receive grant awards Tuesday via social media.

Three nonprofit organizations were named finalists for one $10,800 grant to be awarded by Impact 100 NextGen.

NextGen grant finalists and proposed projects are:

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  • Girls Inc. – The Teen Impact Room
  • The Owen Autism Center – Sensory Solutions Impacting those with Autism
  • Sunrise Children’s Services – Autism Sensory Room

Three grants will be awarded by Impact 100. Two nonprofit organizations were named finalists for one $26,000 residual grant award. Five nonprofits were named finalists for two $100,000 large grant awards.

Residual grant finalists and related proposed projects are:

  • Dream Riders of Kentucky – insulate equine therapies arena and construct a private mental health therapeutic area for adults and children with mental and behavioral health needs
  • Wendell Foster – purchase HUBSCRUB Disinfectant Machine and Electrostatic Sprayers that will aid in the protection of the clients served while saving valuable time in providing a more effective sanitizing/disinfecting method

Large grant finalists are:

  • Friends of the Daviess County Public Library – establish the Impact Center for Job Seekers and Small Business Owners
  • H.L Neblett Center – Elevate to Educate, the Western Academy at the Neblett Center
  • Owensboro Community and Technical College – Laptop Loaner Program providing 100 laptops available to be checked out by students
  • RiverPark Center – Arts Teach Kids on the Go, taking productions on the road to schools and healthcare facilities, extending the reach of the performing arts across the region
  • Western Kentucky Regional Blood Center – aid in the purchase of a new Bloodmobile, extending the capacity for blood drives to obtain life-saving blood products.

Impact 100 Owensboro is a community of women that seeks to transform lives in the Greater Owensboro area through high-impact and lifelong giving and is celebrating its 15th year providing grants to local nonprofit organizations. NextGen is awarding a grant for the fourth year.

More than 260 Impact 100 members combined annual donations of $500 or $1000 to raise $226,000.

NextGen’s 108 members is for young women age 15-21. They contributed $100 each.

Awards will be decided Oct. 22 when Impact 100’s members will come together in person and virtually via live stream for the organizations’s annual meeting. 

Each finalist will offer a seven-minute presentation about their organization and related project. Members will be able to read about each organization and project and watch pre-recorded site visit interviews in advance of the annual meeting. 

“Our community is so fortunate to have such a robust and vibrant nonprofit community,” said Tracy Naylor, Grants Committee Chair and Impact 100 Owensboro’s president-elect. “We have truly witnessed the depth of their strength and stamina during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each application we received was creative, thoughtful, and committed to helping transform lives. Every one of our nonprofits could easily be on this list today.”

Linda Wahl, president Impact 100 Owensboro congratulated all the finalists. 

“No matter what projects are chosen to receive grant funding, they are all winners in our community,” she said. “It is our hope, and it has happened many times in the past, that through Impact 100’s recognition, the community may see their value and step up to support their very important work.” 

September 16, 2020 | 12:06 am

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