Mayor Greg Fischer has announced the recipient of Louisville’s 2012 Healthy Hometown grants.
The grant program has been around for eight years. This year 13 organizations will receive a total of $35,000, which is a slight drop from the year before.The grants are between $1,000 to $3,000 and will be used for a range of programs and services that all promote healthy lifestyles.Here are the winners:American Business Club (AMBUCS) $3,000 Funds will be used for the AmTryke Program, an initiative that provides therapeutic bikes to children and adults who cannot ride traditional bikes due to disabilities. Events include bike rides and bike classes for recipients. Bates Community Development Corporation $3,000 Funds will be used for a 12-month Healthy Hearts Initiative in the Shelby Park neighborhood with nutrition and physical activity components for participants of all ages. Community Farm Alliance $3,000 Funds will be used for monthly community cooking events in underserved areas using locally grown food. FEAT of Louisville $3,000 Funds will be used for physical activity programming and counseling for children with autism. Food Literacy Project $3,000 Funds will be used for scholarships to students for farm visits and agriculture education. Gutermuth Elementary PTA $3,000 Funds will be used for the Gutermuth Cross Country and Running Program and to provide receive shoes, uniforms, and entrance fees for those who can’t afford them. Girls on the Run Louisville $2,292 Funds will be used for a 5K training and character building among young women and culminate in fall and spring racing events. Lighthouse Promise Inc. $3,000 Funds will be used for the "Get Up and Stretch" Exercise Program and "Culinary Arts Program" for youth ages 12 to 18. New Roots Inc. $1,000 Funds will be used to support bi-weekly Fresh Stops of local produce in neighborhoods with limited access to fresh food as well as classes on healthy cooking and food justice. Oak and Acorn Inc. $2,700 Funds will be used for three 10-week sessions of a Certified Arthritis Exercise Program for seniors living at Oak and Acorn in the Russell neighborhood. Portland Orchard Project $2,500 Funds will be used for phase two of a community orchard in the Portland neighborhood -- Constructing raised beds for gardening, planting berry bushes and more trees, and adding bees to the orchard. There will also be agriculture and preservation classes held at the orchard. Phase One was clearing/cleaning the lot, planting foliage, and 60 fruit trees. MOLO Village Community Development Corporation $3,000 Funds will be used for a six month healthy eating and physical activity program all residents in the Russell/Beecher Terrace community. Squallis Puppeteers $2,508 Funds will be used to teach healthy eating choices to elementary school students.
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