Nspire - A Park Community Initiative
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Giving Back

Upcoming Grant Opportunities

KORE (Kentucky Opioid Response Effort)

Application Opens: Fall 2022

KORE is the Kentucky Opioid Response Effort, a state-federal program partnership funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The purpose of KORE is to implement a comprehensive, equitable response to Kentucky’s opioid and stimulant use disorder crisis by expanding access to a full continuum of high quality, evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery supports. (KORE, 2021)

Nspire believes that every human being deserves equitable access to wellness. Our mission is to help create systems change by advocating for and working to build healthier communities for the people who have been harmed by these inequitable systems.

Therefore, Nspire and KORE have partnered to raise awareness and decrease stigma associated with substance use within Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities with the Empowering BIPOC Communities in the Opioid Response grant program.

We realize that BIPOC communities are often disproportionately impacted by substance use and criminalization, resulting in less access to treatment, and increased negative perceptions or stigma associated with the use of opioids (e.g. heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl) and stimulants (e.g. cocaine, methamphetamine).

In Kentucky and throughout the U.S., statistics indicate significant racial and ethnic disparities related to substance use disorder (SUD), including disproportionately high rates of overdose and incarceration; and lower rates of access to SUD treatment programs. Notably, according to the 2019 Kentucky Overdose Fatality Report, from 2018 to 2019, overdose deaths increased by 5 percent overall and 3 percent among White Kentuckians, but overdose deaths increased by 36 percent among Black Kentuckians.

In efforts to expand equitable access to prevention, treatment and recovery supports, including Medications for Opioid Use Disorder, the Empowering BIPOC Communities grant program is engaging and empowering community organizations around Kentucky to develop and implement outreach activities that increase community understanding, reduce stigma, and provide information on how services can be accessed.

To learn more about this funding opportunity and how to apply click here.


Christian’s Legacy

A fund inspired by the life of
William Christian Lewis Shadburne

Application Opens: April 1, 2022

Application Closes: June 17, 2022 (by 5pm)

Christian Shadburne was an athlete, a leader, and a servant. A 2012 graduate of Hart County High School, Christian was an avid sports fan participating in basketball, soccer, baseball, tennis, and cross-country. He earned all-district honors in basketball and soccer, and was a captain on his basketball, soccer and tennis teams. Christian was selected as a Kentucky Governor Scholar, voted Mr. Hart County High School, and maintained a 4.0 GPA. Christian played an active role in his church and had a passion for serving at nursing homes. Christian had a passion for children. He volunteered at a camp for children with disabilities every year he attended high school. Christian giving back was a part of who he was and his love was endless. After graduating from high school, Christian enrolled at Western Kentucky University majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry. His career aspiration was to be a pediatrician. While completing his junior year at Western Kentucky University he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Despite radiation and chemotherapy treatments, Christian passed from this life on May 26, 2016 at the age of 22.

Though Christian’s life was short, he left a legacy that will be remembered. His priority in life was to be faithful to his God. He cared about his community and tried to help others whenever he could. It was Christian’s character to go out of his way to help his friends and loved ones. Even when he was fighting cancer, he continued to think of others before he thought of himself. To be a friend of Christian’s meant never having to face a challenge alone.

Supported by Park Community Credit Union & Nspire – A Park Community Initiative, Inc.
Administered by Nspire – A Park Community Initiative, Inc.

To learn more about this funding opportunity and how to apply click here.

Monarch Fund

Information coming soon!