Southern Star Cares had announced finalists for its 2023 grant program, with awards of up to $50,000 to be given.
Grant recipients will be named the week of December 11 and will be chosen based on the information provided on their applications, a review by the Southern Star Cares Board of Directors, team member focus groups, and a vote from employee donors who contributed to the organization’s fundraising campaign.
“Southern Star Cares was thrilled to receive more than 65 grant applications,” said Carly Walton-Olmstead, President of Southern Star Cares and Storage Compliance & Risk Specialist at Southern Star. “Thank you to all applicants who took the time and effort to share their individual stories and needs with our organization. Your projects are important and impactful to the community, and we wish all applying organizations a great success.”
Finalists are as follows:
Tier 1 – $2,500-10,000
- Western Kentucky Regional Blood Center
- Methodist Home of Kentucky
- H.L. Neblett Community Center
Tier 2 – $10,000-25,000
- Senior Community Center of Owensboro-Daviess County
- Owensboro Area Shelter Information and Services – OASIS
- Goodfellows Club of Owensboro
Tier 3 – $25,000-50,000
- My Sister’s Keeper
- Family Y of Owensboro-Daviess County
- Wendell Foster Campus for Developmental Disabilities
Southern Star Cares’ grants are funded from team members’ contributions. During its inaugural fundraising campaign in 2022, team members pledged more than $100,000, which was collected to fund the nonprofit throughout 2023. All funds raised by Southern Star Cares go to grant recipients, with no administrative fees or deductions.
This year’s grant application period was held from August 23 to September 20. Any tax-exempt, 501(c)3 organization serving Daviess County, Kentucky, was eligible to apply.