Mayor Fischer announces latest round of grants from the One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund

July 1, 2020

Mayor Greg Fischer today announced the latest round of local organizations receiving grants from the One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund.

The city helped establish the fund in partnership with the Community Foundation of Louisville in early March, in an effort to help individuals and community organizations impacted by the virus meet immediate physical and operational needs, such as food, transportation, educational services, and more. The fund is a community partnership that includes Metro Government, business leaders like UPS, Humana and GLI, and philanthropic partners like the Community Foundation of Louisville, James Graham Brown Foundation, and the Metro United Way.

In all, the fund has aided individuals and families across our community by supporting the work of 180 nonprofit organizations with grants totaling over $7.7 million. It has also provided about $2.9 million to individuals needing assistance through the city’s Office of Resilience and Community Services. In total, the One Louisville Fund has raised and distributed nearly $10.6 million in just over 3 months.

“For this round of grants, the One Louisville Fund responded to the clear  need for additional support for Black Louisvillians at this time, ” the Mayor said. “So, the latest organizations to receive grants are not only responding to immediate community need, they also either have exemplary Black leadership, directly serve the Black community – or both.”

The grant recipients include Bates Community Development Corp. on South Jackson Street, where today’s press conference was held. Other grant recipients are:

  • A&L's Leveled Women (in Loving Memory of April Lowe & Lydia Benson)
  • Academy of Music Production Education and Development (AMPED)
  • Active Heroes
  • Actor's Theatre of Louisville
  • artThrust
  • The Bail Project Louisville
  • Bates Community Development Corporation
  • Blessings in a Backpack (Louisville Chapter)
  • Bridge Kids International
  • Change Today, Change Tomorrow
  • Cities United
  • Evolve502
  • The First Tee of Louisville
  • Inside the Lines Training
  • Lanita Rocknettes
  • The Kentucky Chess Ambassadors
  • Life Development Corporation
  • Lighthouse Academy at Newburg
  • Lincoln Foundation
  • Loaves and Fishes
  • Louisville Urban League
  • MOLO Village Community Development Corporation
  • Peace Education Program
  • Play Cousins Collective
  • River City Drum Corp Cultural Arts Institute
  • Smoketown Family Wellness Center
  • Sowing Seeds with Faith
  • West Louisville Performing Arts Academy

“This fund was designed as a short-term solution to the situation we found ourselves in during March, April and May,” the Mayor said. “Now that businesses are reopening, some federal funds have come through and the situation has evolved, it’s time for us as a city to transition to a more long-term collaborative strategy through our non-profit community. As such, we will be working with fund partners toward lasting efforts.”

 “We know the lessons we’ve learned over the last three and a half months through the One Louisville Fund will be ones that will help us support and strengthen our non-profit community for years to come,” he said, “and that’s good news for the people of Louisville.”

The One Louisville Fund is still due to receive several hundred thousand dollars that have been pledged. 

“We are eager for the last promised gifts and will keep our commitment to ensuring each dollar is invested to support those disproportionately impacted by the virus and its economic consequences,” said Trisha Finnegan, Chief Strategy Officer, Community Foundation of Louisville. “Our community needs collaboration, partnership, and sound financial investment.  As stated by the Mayor, our work with the One Louisville Fund can inspire how we do so even better from here forward.”