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New NKY Funders’ Grants partners announce ten finalists in five categories in inaugural competition

NKY Funders’ Grants, a new ongoing program that convenes foundations and funders around mini-grant competitions for nonprofits that serve Northern Kentucky, has released its list of finalists for the inaugural competition to be held Tuesday, Nov. 20 from 5-7 p.m. at the St. Elizabeth Training and Education Center.
The fall 2018 foundation partners have chosen the following organizations to move on to the next round:

• Arts: Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center, Vent Haven Museum
• Children & Youth: Children’s Law Center, Salvation Army in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky
• Economic Opportunity: Housing Opportunities of Northern Kentucky, Life Learning Center/Legal Aid of the Bluegrass collaboration
• Education: Adopt A Class, UpSpring
• Health: Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky, Vivian’s Victory
The community is invited to attend the inaugural mini-grant competition, which will be held Tuesday, November 20 from 5-7 p.m. at the St. Elizabeth Technology and Education Center in Erlanger. Tickets can be purchased here. Attendees will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite pitch, which will add a $5,000 award to the organization receiving the most votes.

Each NKY Funders’ Grants partner offers $10,000 in grants and will select two finalists in each focus area to pitch their project or program to the audience at the November 20 event. Based on pitches made at the event, partners will select a first-place winner to receive $6,000, and a second-place winner to receive $3,000. Additionally, a popular vote at the event will determine an additional $5,000 award for one of the ten finalists.
Finalists and semi-finalists will be able to share further information about their respective organizations at presentation booths positioned throughout the event space, set up for the duration of the event. Sponsorship opportunities are also available to help cover event costs and build funds for future NKY Funders’ Grants programming.
Tickets and more information can be found at the webiste. Sponsorship information is available by contacting Tess Brown at tbrown@horizonfunds.org or 859.292.2849.
NKY Funders’ Grants is an ongoing program that convenes foundations and funders around mini-grant competitions for nonprofits that serve Northern Kentucky. The Butler Foundation, The Charles H. Dater Foundation, The R.C. Durr Foundation, Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky, and the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation joined forces in 2018 to launch the program. Interested foundations and funders can get more information about getting involved by contacting Nancy Grayson at ngrayson@horizonfunds.org.

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