Editor’s Note: This is part of a series recognizing each of the 50 states by providing state specific grants for each. These articles follow the National Day Calendar Year. The calendar began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union in 2017 starting the week of Independence Day. Kentucky was the 15th state to join the union and is celebrated on Oct. 19.
So, in honor of National Kentucky Day, GrantWatch is sharing some of its favorite grants below that are specifically for the state.
Kentucky’s nickname is the Bluegrass State due to the species of grass that is there. The terrain proves especially helpful when it comes to the biggest event the state is famous for, the Kentucky Derby. The annual horse race held in Louisville is part of the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival. The derby has been going on since 1875 and brings in a lot of revenue to the state.
Located in the southeastern region of the U.S., the state is also known for its southern values, family traditions and most of all it’s homestyle cooking. It is even the birthplace of the world’s second-largest restaurant chain, Kentucky Fried Chicken, which is headquartered in Louisville.
The state is also home to around 95 percent of all bourbon, because of its widespread limestone deposits which act as natural purifiers. This makes their bourbon sweeter than most.
In addition to these interesting facts about the state, here are a few other facts you might not know about Kentucky.
10 Fun Facts about the Bluegrass State
- It has more miles of running water than any other state except Alaska.
- The state houses the Louisville Slugger Museum, one of the best baseball museums in the world outside of Cooperstown.
- Thomas Edison introduced the first ever lightbulb to the American public in Louisville.
- And speaking of Louisville, Mohammed Ali, one of the greatest boxers of all time was born there. The city even has an entire museum dedicated to his life.
- The 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln was also born in the state on February 12, 1809.
- Kentucky’s state fruit is a blackberry.
- The state is home to the world’s largest collection of ventriloquist dummies.
- Every single Post-It note originates in Cynthiana, Kentucky.
- The very first public performance of a Beethoven’s symphony was there.
- River Otters are a common mammal in the state.
Five Kentucky-Specific Grants to Check Out
- There are grants of up to $7,500 available for Kentucky nonprofits and individuals for research projects related to local oral history.
- And there are grants of up tp $1,000 available to Kentucky schools, educators, and students for environmental, and conservation history,
- There are grants available to Kentucky agricultural producers to attend training activities and events.
- Grants of up to $25,000 to Kentucky public schools and districts, private schools, and residential child care institutions for the purchase, replacement, and renovation of food service items.
- Finally, there are grants for programs in Kentucky that enhance student achievement in low-performing schools with high rates of poverty. Required registrations may take up to 30 days to complete.
Want to celebrate National Kentucky Day with more grants? Be sure to check out GrantWatch’s website dedicated exclusively to grants for Kentucky. And for grants from all 50 states, check out our complete category list over at GrantWatch.
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