annual bike rides, the Ballard County Wheels and Wings committee is ready to
accept proposals for its second round of fitness grants. Up to $2,000 will be
granted this year, with no minimum and a maximum of $1,000 per grant. The money
is meant to be used on projects, events or venues in Ballard County that would
improve fitness opportunities for the county’s citizens.
started in 2010, growing out of the county’s Compass Coalition for improving
the health of Ballard Countians. Based on “County Health Rankings & Roadmaps,”
Ballard ranks 40th out of Kentucky’s 120 counties for quality of
life (such issues as poor or fair health, low birthweight, premature mortality,
and high incidence of obesity and diabetes).
group decided that money raised from the rides would be a great way to help
kick-start other fitness projects in the county, like runs, exercise programs
or construction or improvement of places to do such things. The first ride had
only 18 riders; the rainy weather last year held attendance down, but the 2016
total was 120 riders. This year’s ride on May 26 will include a same-day wing
cook-off and other surprises in LaCenter Park, organized by the Ballard County
Chamber of Commerce.
could never have done this without lots of help from the biking community and
our local sponsors,” said committee member Julie Thomas. “We want to return
those favors, and help others get started. Our goal is to help other
individuals and groups plan and hold their own fitness events, programs or
last grant cycle, the bike committee gave $2,000 to Grace United Methodist
Church to extend their walking trail, and another $2,000 to the new Ballard
County Senior Citizens’ Center to fund equipment for the exercise room there. There
is a limited pool of funding this year, and project selections are expected to
be very competitive.
grant document is short and simple. The primary requirement is that the funds
will be used for projects located in Ballard County, and open to all county
citizens in the project’s target group. The Wheels and Wings committee will
select applicants demonstrating the strongest alignment with the focus on
improved fitness for Ballard Countians.
funds may be used for services, materials, or equipment; funds may not be used
for property acquisition, operations, salaries or wages. Each proposal must
include a guaranteed cash or in-kind match for at least 50 percent of the
are no submission deadlines; applications will be accepted through the end of
the fiscal year (June 30, 2018), or until the $2,000 is gone. Proposals will be
accepted as needs arise and grant funds are available, and will be reviewed on
a first-come, first-served basis. Consideration will take no longer than 30
days after proposals are received, and all applicants will be notified of the
acceptance or decline of their proposal.Proposals will be evaluated in part based on focus, impact, ability to create partnerships, and sustainability.
Proposal forms and additional requirements and review criteria may be found in the attachment below. For more information or to request a hard-copy proposal form, please contact Thomas at 270-665-8400, ext. 2011, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.