Fund for Louisville Grants

Eleven local nonprofits received grants totaling $245,000 through the Fund for Louisville Grants Program. These grants are made possible by $145,000 from the Community Foundation of Louisville, $50,000 from the Lift a Life Foundation, and an anonymous grant of $50,000 from a Community Foundation donor.  Each of the 11 recipients also has a chance to win an additional $2,500 grant from the Community Foundation through a Facebook contest, which runs through January 7, 2014, at 12:00 noon.

Selection Process

The 11 grant recipients were selected through a competitive online application process to support the capacity-building needs of nonprofit organizations in Louisville. Capacity-building grants are intended to increase the ability of nonprofits to achieve their mission, operate more effectively and build long-term sustainability. These grants can include: board assessment and development, marketing and communications, pilot/demonstration projects, evaluation, staff development and training, and technology.

Congratulations to the 2014 Fund for Louisville grantees!

American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky Foundation, $24,767
www.aclu-ky.org

The Fund for Louisville grant to the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky Foundation will strengthen the organization’s communication capacity by supporting the creation and distribution of short oral history and topical videos highlighting the organization’s work through a partnership with the University of Louisville Oral History Center and the Kentucky Oral History Commission.

Boys and Girls Clubs Inc., $25,000
www.bgckyana.org

The Fund for Louisville grant to the Boys and Girls Clubs, funded by Lift a Life Foundation in partnership with the Community Foundation of Louisville, will build organizational capacity by supporting new staff development opportunities, creating a marketing plan, and enhancing the safety of three facilities that provide out-of-school time activities for youth.

Family & Children’s Place, $23,280
www.familyandchildrensplace.org

The Fund for Louisville grant to Family & Children’s Place, funded by Lift a Life Foundation in partnership with the Community Foundation of Louisville, will provide mobile technology to case managers who visit the homes of at-risk, first-time parents of newborns, and increase the capacity and efficiency of these workers by providing access to case records and online resources. This work is furthered through collaboration with the newly emerging Children Exposed to Violence Collective Impact Initiative. 

Kentucky Science Center, $25,000
www.KYScienceCenter.org

The Kentucky Science Center will use the Fund for Louisville grant to build the capacity necessary to support an income-generating traveling chemistry program that will expand awareness of the Center and the value of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers.

Leadership Louisville Foundation Inc., $18,000
www.leadershiplouisville.org

The Fund for Louisville grant to the Leadership Louisville Foundation, funded by Lift a Life Foundation in partnership with the Community Foundation of Louisville,  will support implementation of a leadership training program for retired executives who will then be connected to area nonprofits in need of capacity building support, including strategic planning, board creation, and development of community engagement and public relations strategies.

Louisville Metro Parks Foundation, $21,500
www.louisvillemetroparksfnd.org

The Fund for Louisville grant will build the capacity of the Louisville Metro Parks Foundation to raise funds and share information about metro parks by supporting purchase, design and implementation of a new website and donor software. 

LVL1, $23,500
www.lvl1.org

The Fund for Louisville grant will increase the capacity of LVL1’s community “maker space” to serve more individuals and be used for more purposes by completing construction of a wheelchair ramp, purchasing upgraded equipment, and evaluating the success of a new staffing model.  LVL1’s space and capacity is used by a range of nonprofits including the Kentucky Science Center, Bernheim Forest’s Artist-In-Residence program, the Louisville Free Public Library and the University of Louisville’s Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research.

 

Maryhurst, $25,000
www.maryhurst.org
Maryhurst will use its Fund for Louisville grant to contract with an Occupational Therapist and create new partnerships with Spalding University and Jefferson Community and Technical College to bring student therapists on-site for internships, which increases the organization’s long-term capacity to provide therapy services to high-needs children. 
 

Paws with Purpose, $25,000
www.pawswithpurpose.org

The Fund for Louisville grant will support Paws with Purpose’s pursuit of a national certification that, once secured, will build the capacity of the organization by standardizing internal processes and procedures, strengthening the board of directors, and making the organization eligible for federal and other funding sources.

Squallis Puppeteers, $24,909
www.squallispuppeteers.com

Squallis Puppeteers will use its Fund for Louisville grant for three capacity building activities: supporting leadership development opportunities, strengthening fundraising through technology enhancements, and improving evaluation methods and materials. 

St. John Center for Homeless Men, $9,000
www.stjohncenter.org

The Fund for Louisville grant will expand St. John Center’s fundraising capacity by supporting purchase of a multi-year membership to a grant maker search engine and access to training and workshops for their fundraising professionals thereby better enabling the organization to secure grants required to leverage federal funding.

Read the Press Release on the Fund for Louisville Grants Program

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