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In 2013, the Public Life Foundation of Owensboro (“Foundation”) awarded grants to nonprofit organizations for initiatives that address youth or education challenges facing Owensboro-Daviess County, Kentucky.
Since its inception in 1996, the Foundation has focused primarily on fostering citizen participation in important community decisions and public policy through a process of
information > deliberation > action
Toward that end, the Foundation has supported academic and journalistic research; published articles, reports and issue briefs; presented speakers and films; hosted panels, public forums, town meetings and more.
Once citizens are informed, engaged and empowered, the Foundation has helped citizens and citizen groups mobilize and be more effective through financial and administrative support, training, coaching, networking and more.
The Foundation’s new and expanded grant making program will enable community organizations to strengthen their “action” dimension while targeting youth and education causes that are important to founders John and Marjorie Hager, other Hager family and board members.
In addition to the $433,500 in grants awarded in 2013, the Foundation awarded multi-year grants.
Consequently, the Foundation will not administer a formal grantmaking application process in 2014.
Grantmaking goals, topics, guidelines and procedures will be announced at a later date.