Healthy Hometown Grants

Since 2005, the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement has awarded more than a half million dollars in grants to more than 100 community groups.

The 2017 awards range from $8,415 - $10,862 to 5 non-profit organizations, chosen by a community review committee, for projects impacting the following focus areas within the Healthy Louisville 2020 Plan:

Healthy Homes and Healthy Neighborhoods
Healthy Mothers and Healthy Babies
Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods
Mental and Behavioral Health
Obesity Prevention
Social Determinants of Health
Substance Abuse Prevention

Organizations receiving Mini Grants are:

My Chosen People $9,825

Program Name: The Family Life Program

Program Description: The Family Life Program serves women  who have been incarcerated, have lost custody of their children and are struggling with addiction. Through education and collaborations, the program equips them with tools for recovery, positive-life and parenting skills, housing and employment opportunities and other resources to maintain recovery and ensure family success. Participants are engaged in 8 week group sessions, 4 times a year along with individual sessions. After women are released from the facility, staff conduct monthly follow-up assessments to ensure long-term recovery.

 

Community Farm Alliance Inc. and Louisville Association for Community Economics (LACE) $10,862

Program Name: Cooperative Grocery Outreach Program

Program Description: This education and outreach program focuses on a cooperative grocery store. Many people are unfamiliar with cooperative models, but cooperatives offer opportunities to pool resources to leverage buying power, and can be a potent instrument for low-income communities.


A cooperative grocery store model is being developed to counteract recent grocery store closings in Old Louisville, Portland, and less recently, Parkland. A cooperative grocery will be owned and governed by consumers and/or workers, retaining wealth in disinvested neighborhoods, providing economic opportunities for owners, and offering educational programs and healthy social interactions. A focus is placed on the neighborhoods most in need and with some cooperative economic activities already in place: Russell, Old Louisville, Parkland, Smoketown / Shelby Park, Portland, and Shawnee

 

Academy of Music, Production, Education and Development (AMPED) $8,415

Program Name: Summer of Mentoring and Music for a Healthy Hometown

Program Description: Academy of Music Production Education and Development (AMPED) is instilling healthy behaviors, strong values and providing topnotch
opportunities for Louisville’s at-risk youth. Kids are paired with mentors to study song writing, music composition, performance, beatmaking, recording, engineering, video, web design, and entrepreneurship. The students pay no fees and receive reading, writing and support for multiple literacies all summer long. Our students stay engaged in healthy activities and behaviors and are growing into incredibly talented, ambitious young adults. This program  uses music and performance from many different genres to capture the attention of students using rap, song, spoken word, and instrumentation, specifically for African American students.


A key component of our program focuses on social emotional learning. Our curricula are target age-appropriate subjects and students' learning preferences. We consider each student’s social environment and situation. We have on staff a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) and Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) counselor who meet with students twice per week to discuss academics, behavior, and attendance as well as any issues that may be making it difficult for that student to learn, be successful, and whole. There are no other opportunities in Louisville for students to have this kind of access to creative expression in a youth development setting or
program.

 

Bates Community Development Corporation (BCDC) $10,000

Program Name: Bates Healthy Hearts Initiative - Family Style

Program Description: Bates Healthy Hearts Initiative - Family Style is designed to increase youth participation within the current Healthy Hearts service menu offered to Smoketown residents. Our primary objective is to help young people develop habits that prevent obesity in adulthood. The requested funding will allow BCDC to integrate family wellness into existing BCDC youth programs and increase youth participation by 20%. BCDC currently offers Aerobics, Zumba, and Yoga classes to adults. Youth also participate in health & wellness education during out-of-school time programs.

 

2NOT1 Fatherhood & Families $10,000

Program Name: Parent Advocates Program

Program Description: Parent Advocates are parents who were formerly engaged in the Child Protection System (CPS), have successfully worked through the system, and have taken on the task of providing support to birth families with active CPS cases. Parent Advocates assist families in working toward case plan goals; they assist to prevent removals, and they assist with the return of children to their birth parents. They bridge the gap between workers, birth parents, and foster families to help achieve case closures in less time. Parent Advocates are closing that gap even more by including fathers and making them aware of the situation with their children.

Often, fathers are excluded from the CPS process, and they are not contacted when their children are put into foster care. Parent Advocates make every effort to ensure that fathers are engaged and educated on the CPS system and their rights. They work to empower parents, both birth mothers and fathers, on how best to advocate for their children. Parent Advocates participate in team decision making processes, assist with family action plan development, and encourage parent participation. Their goal is to strengthen families through support, advocacy, and education.