Fund for Louisville has provided $2 million in “capacity-building grants” since 2014. More than $438,000 was awarded Thursday. | Photo courtesy of the Community Foundation of Louisville

Twenty-five local nonprofits were awarded more than $438,000 in Fund for Louisville grants Thursday.

The awards ranged from nearly $9,500 for training and professional development of staff at House of Ruth to $20,000 a piece for several groups, such as the Boys & Girls Club, the Louisville Urban League, Shawnee Christian Healthcare and the West Louisville Performing Arts Academy.

During a celebration at The Salvation Army, the Community Foundation of Louisville presented the “capacity-building grants” to the recipients in partnership with the Lift a Life Foundation, the James Graham Brown Foundation and foundation donors, such as William O. Alden Jr.

The foundation sought applications last year from nonprofits working in Louisville’s most distressed neighborhoods as identified by the Greater Louisville Project.

“As a founding partner and continuing supporter of the Greater Louisville Project, we used findings from its 2015 report on poverty to inform our focus,” foundation President Susan Barry said in a news release. “With the help of our generous donors and partners, we are able to strengthen organizations working to address the impact of longstanding disinvestment and under-investment in Louisville.”

Since the Fund for Louisville’s inception in 2014, there have been more than $2 million in capacity-building grants awarded to more than 100 local nonprofits.