Our Impact

Impact100 Louisville’s goal is to provide high-impact grants that reach under-served populations, support nonprofits, and highlight unmet needs in our community. Through grant-making, we invest in nonprofits financially and by partnering with them to familiarize ourselves with their programs, services, and the communities they serve. In return, our partners assure us our process allows them to think bigger and more strategically about the work they do and the impact they have.

2021 Finalists

2021 GRANT RECIPIENT:  DeCode Project

AWARD:  $105,000

FOCUS AREA:  Education

PROJECT:   King Elementary Literacy Program

DETAILS:  

Launched in Louisville in 2018, the DeCode Project is closing the opportunity gap by providing structured literacy instruction to elementary students with learning differences and financial barriers. In that time, DP has worked with over 40 students, four youth-serving organizations and has grown to a staff of 15 Literacy Mentors. Three key aspects to DP’s work are training Literacy Mentors, teaching kids to read and developing a network of advocates. 

Wish List:  Pencils, Dry Erase Markers and Erasers, Letter Tiles (Lakeshore classroom set), Laminating Sheets, Colored Printers, Masks, Disinfectant Spray and wipes,  1/2 and 1 binders,  3 mini projectors,  extension cords/surge protectors ,  pocket folders with binder,  binding machine,  3 hole punch,  reams of paper,  manila folders,  tissue and hand sanitizer.

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2020 GRANT RECIPIENT:  Park Alliance of Louisville

AWARD:  $105,000

FOCUS AREA:  Environment

PROJECT:  Maple Street Park Nature Playground and Outdoor Classroom

DETAILS:

The Maple Street Park Project fills a critical gap in access to outdoor space for 20 Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS). The new JCPS elementary school adjoining the YMCA near Maple Street will be located on a constrained urban footprint. JCPS and the YMCA are committed park champions and anchor institutions, bolstering the project’s sustainability. LPF is raising funds, engaging residents in park design and investigating a new governance model through which LPF and community members operate the park.

The park, playground and classroom will feature fully-inclusive natural play structures, a wi-fi enabled classroom, plants, pathways and more.  

Wish List:  Window air conditioner units, basketballs, acrylic paints, outdoor pickleball nets and balls, indoor archery net that will stay mounted on the wall, and a freestanding volleyball net.

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2021 GRANT RECIPIENT:  La Casita Center

AWARD:  $105,000

FOCUS AREA:  Family

PROJECT:   Expand, upgrade, and improve the Center‘s on-site kitchen and food pantry facilities.

DETAILS:  

The demand for our food pantry and soup kitchen has recently increased dramatically. The investment from Impact100 will go towards the physical upgrades to kitchen and pantry facilities to ensure proper handling and storage of food. This includes shelving, improvements to freezer, refrigerator, and inventory systems and necessary building upgrades for the pantry and kitchen expansion. These upgrades will improve the food safety standards and the quality of items available through La Casita‘s food pantry program. In addition, they will enable our food program to include stocking fresh and perishable foods that are essential for a healthy diet. 

This investment will sustain our food and hospitality program for years with a beautiful, spacious, and commercial-standard pantry facility and kitchen. The families that we accompany will see that they are valued, welcomed, and worthy. This project will showcase the investment from a group like Impact100 that believes in the leadership of a Latina feminist organization. 

Wish List:  Shampoo, conditioner, dry black beans, dry rice, canned goods.

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2020 Finalists

2020 GRANT RECIPIENT:
Louisville Urban League

AWARD:
$103,000

FOCUS AREA:
Education

DETAILS:
With Impact100’s help, we will enhance and expand the Urban League’s youth programming into the Sports and Learning complex as it opens in 2021. Our education work is encompassed within our Equitable Education Engagement (E3) model which is the Louisville Urban League’s model for youth and family engagement opportunities. This model was developed in direct response to the achievement gap that begins before most of the students we serve arrive on their first day of kindergarten, widens as those same students matriculate through 12th grade, and never completely closes after traditional schooling.

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2020 GRANT RECIPIENT:
YouthBuild Louisville

AWARD:
$103,000

FOCUS AREA:
Environment

COMMUNITY IMPACT:
Funding from Impact100 Louisville will support YouthBuild Louisville’s Smoketown Hopebox Laundromat + Community Space project. The renovation of vacant properties into a local laundromat and meeting/community spaces will provide much needed amenities and will enable the development of programs to stimulate the Smoketown economy. Current laundry facilities are over 2-1/2 miles away. In addition, the Smoketown Hopebox facility will function as a site for arts and culture activities, offer trainings, ensure job development for the community through the Business Incubator program and continued partnership with employers and corporations. Local nonprofit and corporate partners will utilize the space to offer training, workshops and UofL clinic hours will be offered by our wellness partners.

Wish List:  Craft Supplies (construction paper, pipe cleaners, glitter, puffballs, beads, tissue paper, etc), Backpacks, Extension Cords, Tape measures for students, Twin bed sheet sets.

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