The Louisville Water Foundation has approved more than $60,000 in grants for 2017 to Fund for the Arts, WaterStep and the Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency (MPCAA) at its recent board meeting.
Fund for the Arts is expanding their successful pilot program that combined art with science and engineering. Administered by Louisville Visual Art (LVA), “Form and Function” was started last year with the Foundation’s 2016 grant of $14,850. It involved more than 500 students in 20 fourth-grade classrooms at six elementary schools. This year’s grant of $30,000 will help Fund for the Arts and LVA continue the program and expand their reach to more classrooms. In addition, all students who are participating will take a field trip to Louisville Water Tower Park, and the students’ families will be invited to a family night at the WaterWorks Museum at Louisville Water Tower Park where they can see their child’s artwork displayed in a gallery setting.
WaterStep was awarded $25,000 to support the expansion, updating and remodeling of their manufacturing and assembly area. The expansion will support the growing demands for research, development and the manufacturing and assembly of its life-saving water technologies. They will be constructing a dust-free room, adding larger testing stations and equipment, plus reconfiguring the warehouse for better storage of products. WaterStep, which is based in Louisville, provides safe water, sanitation and health education to communities in developing countries. They train people in developing countries how to use safe water solutions like water purification, bleach making, health education and well repair.
Finally, a $6,000 grant was approved for MPCAA to administer funds on behalf of the Louisville Water Foundation’s Customer Assistance Program (CAP). The Foundation works directly with three community based partners to administer the funds, which combined cover Louisville Water Company’s entire service territory. MPCAA administers the funds for Bullitt County and requires participation in education initiatives that can help people manage their personal finances. Last year, Louisville Water Foundation’s CAP helped more than 900 households pay their water and sewer bill.
Louisville Water founded the Louisville Water Foundation 2013 exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes. Specifically, the Foundation promotes public health and identifies water-related needs in the communities Louisville Water serves and around the world. In 2016, 74% of the organizations it supported were doing work in the Louisville area, 14% were initiatives and programs in the United States, and 12% were projects in other countries.
The Foundation receives a percentage of its revenue from Louisville Water’s partnership with HomeServe, a leading provider of home emergency repair service plans. Additional funds come from private donations, most prominently MSD. Employees at Louisville Water and MSD also raise money during annual pledge drives.
Louisville Water Foundation accepts grant applications year-round from organizations and individuals with projects that address a water related need. Request a grant application packet and review the guidelines at LouisvilleWaterFoundation.org. The Foundation board meets quarterly to approve any recommended awards.