Horizon Community Funds Awards $85,000 to Seven NKY Nonprofits, Largest Community Impact Grants Ever

Horizon Community Funds awarded $85,000 to seven different nonprofits serving Northern Kentucky. This is the largest Community Impact Fund grant round since Horizon Community Funds was established in 2017.

The following nonprofits have received funding:

• The Brighton center received $15,000 to support Opportunity House, an initiative that provides a supportive environment for young adults to achieve their educational and career goals, leading to a pathway to success in the job market for those who have traditionally faced barriers to completing their education beyond high school.

• CHNK Behavioral Health received $15,000 for Expanding Mental Health Services in a Pandemic Climate (EMHS), which aims to increase the number of care units to fill a gap between the immediate demand for services after the pandemic and the people able to receive services.

• Easterseals Redwood received $10,000 to expand their military and veteran services to provide support for 125-150 veterans in Northern Kentucky.

• Grant Us Hope received $15,000 for Hope Squad, an innovative, evidence-based suicide prevention program that focuses on youth empowerment. Hope Squad members learn to identify peers who may be struggling emotionally, communicate effectively with them, and connect them with the help they need.

• The Soup received $10,000 for their Rescue/Transform/Share program. A team of chefs transforms salvaged food into ready-to-serve, restaurant-quality meals, which are then delivered to food-insecure people. This grant will support La Soupe’s partnerships with agencies in Northern Kentucky.

• Learning Grove received $10,000 for NaviGo. The River Cities Network is a partnership between NaviGo, the six River Cities school districts of Bellevue, Covington, Dayton, Erlanger/Elsmere, Ludlow and Newport, Gateway Community & Technical College, and business and community partners. This grant will be used to directly support students’ work-based learning needs for college and career preparation for items such as PPE, industry-recognized credentials, and dual credit.

• Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board received $10,000 for a study that will examine how GROW NKY’s grassroots organization will ensure the value, effectiveness and return on investment of GROW NKY’s initiatives and programs while exploring the best model for bringing together community partners and communicate with businesses, partners and job seekers across the workforce ecosystem.

“The grant applications we receive never fail to impress us and remind us of the exceptional services Northern Kentucky nonprofits provide to our community,” said Nancy Grayson, President and CEO of Horizon Community Funds. “We have no doubt that these grants will be used to make big changes in Northern Kentucky. I encourage our community to support these efforts by contributing to our Community Impact Fund.

The Community Impact Fund offers a flexible annual grant opportunity that provides resources to nonprofit organizations that accelerate change, innovate solutions, and leverage partnerships and resources in Northern Kentucky. The Community Impact Fund relies on individual donors, business partnerships, and other support to bring grantmaking opportunities to Northern Kentucky.

“It seems insufficient to simply say ‘thank you’ to our donors,” said Kit Andrews, Chair of Horizon’s Community Funds Grantmaking Committee. “Each year, we are able to seek out and fund projects that are so important to our community thanks to you, our donors. Your generosity touches students, veterans, the hungry, the emotionally deprived. Since their inception, these grants have been fueled by small donations from many, many people who share our bold belief that we can truly make a difference together. We are very grateful for your confidence in our choices and hope you can understand the depth of our gratitude… thank you!

Information on the 2023 Community Impact Fund grant cycle will be available later this year.

The community is encouraged to donate to the Community Impact Fund by:

• Visit www.horizonfunds.org

• Send a check payable to Horizon Community Funds (note: NKY Coronavirus Relief Fund): 50 E. RiverCenter Blvd., Suite 431, Covington, KY 41011

What recipients had to say:

Rick Wurth, CEO of Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky Behavioral Health, said, “CHNK Behavioral Health has seen a 434% increase in client and family impacts over the past eight years. The number of associates on our team has grown exponentially not only in number, but also in credential sets and innovative specialties serving youth and families who have experienced trauma, abuse, neglect. and risky behaviors. The evolution of CHNK Behavioral Health has been empowered by community partners, as has Horizon Community Funds, with the end result of leading behavioral health care that is inclusive, innovative and inspiring.

“We are thrilled to partner with Horizon Community Funds to empower veterans in our area,” said Pam Green, President and CEO of Easterseals Redwood. “This grant, along with the recent combination of Easterseals with Redwood, will allow us to serve more veterans in Northern Kentucky and reshape their struggles toward lifelong peer support and stability for them and their families.”

Holly Schnapf, Vice President of Marketing and Development, Grant Us Hope: “Grant Us Hope is thrilled to partner with Horizon Community Funds to bring Hope Squad to Northern Kentucky schools. Hope Squad is an innovative, evidence-based suicide prevention program that focuses on youth empowerment. Hope Squad members learn to identify peers who may be struggling emotionally, communicate effectively with them, and connect them to the help they need. In addition, they reduce mental health-related stigma and promote a sense of belonging at school. The program is currently implemented in approximately 200 schools in Ohio. Thanks to Horizon Community Funds, students in northern Kentucky will now be able to benefit from this life-saving program.

“A significant investment from Horizon Community Funds enables La Soupe to expand its work with partners in northern Kentucky, delivering restaurant-quality meals made from salvaged foods to food-insecure community members. said Daniel Tonozzi of La Soupe.

Kathy Burkhardt, Senior Director of NaviGo at Learning Grove, said, “Learning Grove is grateful and thrilled to be a recipient of a Community Impact Fund grant. The grant will be used to directly support students’ work-based learning needs for college and career preparation for items such as PPE, transportation industry recognized credentials, dual recognition credit and other student needs. The use of funds will align with and complement the excellent student-focused work already done by each school district. The collective impact of everyone’s efforts will help our young people to succeed in their college and professional studies and our region to develop its workforce.

“Northern Kentucky is unique in our ability to work collaboratively to ‘move the needle’ in key areas,” said Northern Kentucky Area Development District Executive Director Tara Johnson-Noem. “As we collectively address the significant workforce challenges facing our region, it is imperative to have the right structure and leadership in place to achieve our goals. GROW NKY, formed in 2017, continues to bring partners together to address a holistic approach to workforce development. Funding from the Community Impact Fund will move GROW forward through the identification of a governance structure that integrates current efforts and enables sustained progress. We are grateful to Horizon Community Funds for their continued support of priority needs in the NKY metro.

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