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News Release

Lancaster County
Date: December 11, 2018

For more information contact
Sara Hoyle, Lincoln/Lancaster Human Services Director
(402) 441-4944

Keno Human Services Prevention Fund Awards $194,177 In Grants

Lincoln, NE - December 11, 2018 - The Lincoln/Lancaster Keno Human Services Prevention Fund has recently announced the grant recipients of the 43rd round of grant funding. The Fund awarded approximately $194,177 to 18 local agencies.

The grant funds will go to support a variety of local organizations and projects ranging from domestic and child abuse support programs, access to fresh produce, parenting classes and programming and health initiatives for under-served populations. The Advisory Committee considers community priorities for funding which includes: Problem Gambling Prevention, Family Violence, Behavioral Health, Early Childhood and Youth Development, Basic Needs/Self Sufficiency, and New Americans Programs. The Keno dollars are intended to fund a wide array of prevention services. "We are so pleased that we can continue to provide this funding and excited to support these wonderful agencies that serve some of Lincoln and Lancaster County's most vulnerable residents," said Sara Hoyle, Director of Lincoln/Lancaster County Human Services Division. Hoyle also noted that this was the 43rd round of grant funds that have been provided to the community from the Keno Human Services Prevention Fund.

The Keno Human Services Prevention Fund is designed to help fund programs for children and families to prevent crisis situations through early intervention. The Keno Human Services Prevention Fund was created seventeen years ago when the City of Lincoln and Lancaster County formed a nine-person Keno Human Services Prevention Advisory Board. It was determined that 5% of the gross profits from Keno would be set aside for prevention purposes. Organizations must be 501(c)(3), non-profit organizations to apply.

Established in 1859, Lancaster County is Nebraska's second most populated county. Home to the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Lancaster County is a growing and dynamic community. In collaboration with the City of Lincoln, Lancaster County provides a variety of services for residents and has been nationally recognized for its cooperation and progressive attitude in service to residents. The mission of the Lancaster County Board is to provide sustainable governmental services for a healthy, safe and diverse community.

For more information about Lancaster County please visit the website at www.lancaster.ne.gov or call 402-441-7447.

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