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Metro Council Allocates $450,000 to 30 Non-Profit Organizations’ Capital Projects

Thursday March 1, 2007

Louisville Metro Council
Media Advisory
For Immediate Release                    
Media Contacts: Stephen Haag  
574-1204 / 645-1752                      
Tony Hyatt       
574-4137 / 526-3622
    

LOUISVILLE, KY, The Fiscal Year 2007 Budget of Louisville Metro included $450,000 for an External Capital Grant Fund. The Council added this funding to supplement the $6.3 million in the Community Non-Profit External Agency Funds which were generally limited to operating funding.  The External Capital Grant Fund Committee was later established to evaluate the capital needs based on applications submitted by local non-profit organizations.

“The Metro Council recognized the need for a new approach to our annual budget process,” said Councilman Hal Heiner. “We established this fund to ensure the organizations providing important services are able to make necessary improvements so they can continue their mission of improving lives”. “These groups are required to have matching funds for these projects, so it is a true partnership with the Metro Government,” says Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D) 15. “I wish there was more money available but this is a start.” “The Council found many groups were faced with tough choices. As their services increased, many found they needed to take care of their facilities,” said Butler. “This new amount of funding may alleviate some of their concerns.” 

Members of the External Capital Grant Fund Committee were Councilman Hal Heiner (District 19), Councilwoman Marianne Butler (District 15), and employees of Metro Government, Kimberly Bunton, Adria Johnson and Shannon Tivitt. After receiving 115 requests for over $10.3 million in funding for capital projects, the committee has chosen to fund the following projects:

Metro Council External Agency Capital Projects:

AIDS Interfaith Ministries, Inc.: Utility Cart and hand truck    $400

American Printing House for the Blind: 150 years of APH on Frankfort Ave. Exhibit   $10,000

Arcadia Community Center Association, Inc.: Basement Renovation Project    $3,400

Bates Community Development Corp.: Renovation of 1228 So. Jackson Street   $20,000

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana: Roof repair   $20,000

Bridgehaven, Inc.: Fencing around Therapy Garden & Recreational Area  $15,000

Brooklawn, Inc.: Walk-in cooler/freezer unit   $10,000

Christ Temple Church: Loretta Renovation Project   $14,700

Christian Care Communities, Inc.: Downtown Campus Fencing   $5,000

Council on Mental Retardation, Inc: Renovation of 1151 So. Fourth Street  $20,000

Dare to Care Food Bank: Fresh Food Truck   $22,000

Day Spring Foundation, Inc.: Horizons of Hope Community Resource Center  $10,000

First Gethsemane Center for Family: Facility renovations   $20,000

Harbor House of Louisville, Inc.: Disabled Community Strengthening Project   $15,000

The Healing Place: Capital Building & Equipment Improvements   $25,000

Historic Homes Foundation: Farmington and Thomas Edison Properties    $10,000

Jefferson County Public Education Foundation: Churchill Park Sensory Playground    $10,000

Little Sisters of the Poor: Heat Pump Replacement     $10,000

Louisville Central Comm. Centers, Inc.: Renovation of Old Walnut Street Building   $20,000

Louisville Urban League: Facility Upgrades/Repairs – HVAC    $10,000

Maryhurst, Inc.: Phone System   $12,000

Portland Promise Center: Renovation of new Development Center   $25,000

Presbyterian Community Center: PCC Child Development Center   $5,500

Project Women, Inc.: Louisville Scholar House  $25,000

St. Mary’s Day Care, Inc.: Dream Weaver Building Campaign   $25,000

Talbot House, Inc.: Rehabilitation of Houses   $25,000

Visually Impaired Preschoolers Service of Greater Louisville: Building the Vision    $15,000

Walden Theatre: Window replacement   $10,000

Wayside Christian Mission: Market Street Campus Renovation    $25,000

YMCA of Greater Louisville: Teen Activity and Leadership Center Improvements    $12,000

Sponsor(s):
Marianne Butler (D) 15
Hal Heiner (R) 19