Edited release from KEEP
Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) announced Jan. 8 that it provided funding to 167 equine programs in 69 counties during 2006 totaling $135,682.
According to KEEP, the local funding program was created as part of its "grassroots efforts to help horse organizations around the state." The grants program is divided into four categories: 4-H clubs, horse shows, equine associations and equine education programs at Kentucky colleges and universities. Each category has a funding limit and specific criteria that applicants must meet to be considered.
“As we traveled the state, we realized there are a lot of equine enthusiasts and groups that struggle to find funding for their local 4-H programs, county horse shows and for their equine association events. In addition, there are some great equine programs at colleges and universities throughout the state and they need funding assistance,” said Gene Clabes, interim executive director of KEEP. “Although we can’t fully fund any one program, we’ve found that our small donations of $250, $400 or $500 mean a lot to these groups.”
KEEP reported that since the program was started in 2005, it has funded 314 equine programs in 85 counties totaling $233,877.
KEEP was created in May 2004 to promote and protect Kentucky’s horse industry, and was active in helping establish a breeder incentive fund during the 2005 legislative session. For this effort they were awarded the Public Relations Society of America’s Silver Anvil Award in June 2006.