The Green River Area Community Foundation awarded over $20,000 in Capacity Building Grants to four nonprofits in the greater Owensboro area. The 2020 recipients were announced Thursday morning during the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce Rooster Booster breakfast.
Utilizing funds from the James D. Ryan Memorial Fund, the Green River Area Community Foundation (GRACF) conducted a grant application process that resulted in twelve local nonprofits submitting applications for capacity building projects totaling over $70,000 in requests. This year, the Community Foundation Advisory Board made these grant awards in memory of their first advisory board chair, Waitman Taylor.
Taylor was one of several community leaders in the early 1990s critical to the establishment of the Community Foundation.
The current Advisory Board wishes to honor and remember Taylor’s leadership and dedication to the Community Foundation, as well as to our community, by naming this year’s awards the 2020 C. Waitman Taylor Capacity Building Grants.
The four charitable organizations receiving funds are:
Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum – $1,500.00 for student training instruments.
Green River Asset Building Coalition – $6,000.00 for additional services software, equipment and training.
Owensboro Daviess County Regional Dental Clinic – $9,961.00 for computer systems upgrades.
St. Benedict’s Homeless Shelter – $3,500.00 for directors training.
The 2019 Capacity Building Grant recipients, receiving a total of $30,000, were CASA of the Ohio Valley, Cliff Hagan Boys & Girls Club, Dream Riders of Kentucky, Inc., Junior Achievement of West Kentucky, and OASIS. In 2018, Hospice of Western Kentucky, Girls, Inc. of Owensboro-Daviess County, and St. Joseph Peace Mission were awarded a combined total of $20,000 to complete their capacity-building projects.
The Green River Area Community Foundation is an affiliate foundation of the Community Foundation of Louisville (CFL). CFL offered Capacity Building Grants for several years with excellent outcomes. It is their grant process from which the GRACF Grantmaking Committee modeled their approach.
To learn more about the Green River Area Community Foundation, contact Amy Silvert at Amy@GreenRiverCF.org.