On June 27, 2017, Impact 100 hosted the Meet the Finalists event at Hotel Covington. It was an exciting evening, where we announced seven (7) Finalists for our 2017 Grant Awards.

The process is rigorous, the results inspiring. The Focus Area Committees evaluated over 115 Letters of Intent and Grant Request applications from late February through June, culminating in the recommendation of seven Grant Finalists. The full Impact 100 membership will vote to award four (4) grants of $101,000, from the Finalists, during the Annual Awards Celebration on Tuesday, September 12th.

Here are our 2017 Finalists:

OHIO VALLEY VOICES, Audiology Clinic Expansion
Relocate and upgrade audiology clinic, creating a new, specialized environment to perform infant diagnostic testing and increasing services by 50% to young children who are deaf, hard of hearing or underserved.

Equip the new living facility with technology and computer equipment and IT support, providing single mothers pursuing post-secondary educations (and their children) an affordable living option and access to appropriate support programs to break the cycle of generational poverty.

ST. JOSEPH HOME, Green Space Project
Develop an accessible path, enhancing a sustainable marsh and wetland area, protecting the property as well as providing a nature encounter critical for the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of clients with complex disabilities and the broader community.

Expand organizational capacity to deliver meaningful student arts education outreach programs which impact 21st century learning skills while meeting increased demand to 40% more schools, broadening geographic and demographic outreach, and increasing earned revenue.

LIGHTHOUSE YOUTH & FAMILY SERVICES, Lighthouse Community School Agricultural Learning Center
Expand experiential learning opportunities for youth in foster care or the juvenile justice system by building Lighthouse Charter School Agricultural Learning Center making 10,000 pounds of fresh produce accessible in Madisonville’s food desert.

CHILDREN’S HOME OF NORTHERN KENTUCKY, Technology Upgrade to Support Improved Healthcare Treatment
Purchase 20 tablets and 8 VGo robots to improve accessibility to and the efficiency/effectiveness of behavioral health and substance use treatment services for abused, neglected and at-risk youth, annually saving 500 hours, yielding 160 additional assessments, and gaining $35,000.

FIRST STEP HOME, The Terry Schoenling Home for Mothers and Infants Program
Expand pilot program supporting pregnant women who are opiate-addicted and their newborn baby through addiction treatment, postnatal classes, and wraparound services 2-3 weeks pre-birth and 30 days post-birth, affecting 136-166 lives annually.