At Blue Grass Community Foundation, we know big ideas can spring from small conversations and people invest in what they help create. When we come together as a community to listen to and learn from each other, we have the power to impact both neighborhoods and lives. 

Our most recent community engagement initiatives include On The Table and (RE)IMAGINING CHEAPSIDE.

On The Table is an opportunity to gather around a table with friends, neighbors, colleagues and maybe even a few people we are meeting for the first time to talk about the issues, big and small, that impact our quality of life and that of the city. On March 27, 2019, more than 11,000 people from across the region discussed how we create more welcoming and inclusive communities. Learn more about On The Table here.

(RE)IMAGINING CHEAPSIDE, a one-year placemaking and community engagement initiative, sought to build inclusion and healing into a former slave auction site, adjacent to the Historic Lexington Courthouse. The project was generously funded by the Knight Foundation, with additional convening, funding, leadership and staffing resources contributed by Blue Grass Community Foundation. A case study of the initiative is now available here.

The issues we face today don’t often offer quick fixes. On the contrary, progress will only result when residents, organizations, businesses and government work together to make contributions that add up to a greater solution than we can achieve on our own. We’re proud to support local community members who come together to impact their communities for good. We invite you to join us in these efforts.

“My promise to the community is this: Blue Grass Community Foundation will continue to listen. We will work to provide leadership, create partnerships and engage everyone who wants to help.”  Lisa Adkins, CEO




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