(LOUISVILLE, Ky - February 27, 2020) The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky today announced that it is accepting proposals for grant funding totaling up to $30,000 for efforts to ensure a complete 2020 census count, particularly among hard-to-count populations in Kentucky. The grant funding is part of the Foundation's mission to reduce health disparities. Proposals will be accepted through June 30, for up to $5,000 each to increase the census response rate in communities across Kentucky.
 
The Foundation will host a free webinar to discuss the grant funding on March 4; speakers are Michelle Elison and Dan Munchbach, who work on behalf of the Census in Kentucky:
 
Kentucky! The 2020 Census is Here
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (ET)
Register here.
 
Nonprofit and government entities are eligible to respond to the Foundation's request for proposals (RFP). Funds can be used for outreach, education, communications, special events and community mobilization efforts, among other projects, and must be expended by the end of the year.
 
By April 1, "Census Day," homes across Kentucky and the country will receive invitations to complete the 2020 decennial census online, by phone or by mail. A complete census count is important to help inform how hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds are allocated and determine how many members of Congress will represent each state in the U.S. House of Representatives. The data also will be used to make decisions that will impact communities for the next decade regarding health care facilities, schools, roads, housing, parks and hundreds of other topics. For each person not counted in the 2020 census, the Commonwealth misses out on an estimated $2,021 in federal funding.
 
Temporarily Suspended. Please watch this site for updates.
 
Questions about the RFP may be directed to Rachelle Seger, rseger@healthy-ky.org, 877-326-2583.
 
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About the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
Funded by an endowment, the mission of the nonpartisan Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is to address the unmet health needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity. Since the Foundation opened its doors in 2001, it has invested more than $29 million in health policy research, advocacy, and demonstration project grants across the Commonwealth. Follow the Foundation on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, and visit our website at www.healthy-ky.org.
 
Media Contacts:
Bonnie J. Hackbarth
bhackbarth@healthy-ky.org 
877-326-2583 (Office)
502-552-3770 (Mobile)
 
Alexa Kerley
akerley@healthy-ky.org 
877-326-2583 (Office)
859-229-9611 (Mobile)