Grants & Partnerships

Wondering how we partner with nonprofits to improve our community? Read on.

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Supporting the Community

Knowledge and connection. At the intersection of community needs and donor interest, it is our job to understand the issues facing our community and the organizations and individuals doing vital work. From this unique position we can strategically connect the people who want to use their charitable resources to truly change the world.

Grant Programs

Fund for Louisville

The Fund for Louisville capacity building grants program was established because we believe that strong nonprofit organizations lead to greater impact.

Field of Interest Grants

Made possible by donors who want to focus their charitable giving on an area of focus such as the arts, education, human services, or a particular geographic area and partner with the Foundation to identify opportunities for greatest impact.

Vogt Invention & Innovation Awards

Established by the late Henry V. Heuser Sr. with a $5 million endowment gift to the Community Foundation, the Vogt Invention & Innovation Awards fuel early-stage manufacturing companies with the region's only non-dilutive capital for early-stage companies coupled with mentorship and training.

M.A. Hadley Prize for Visual Arts

Each year the Mary Alice Hadley Prize for Visual Arts recognizes a Louisville artist with funds to pursue a personal enrichment experience to help them achieve their full artistic potential.

Beyond Grantmaking

The Community Foundation is committed to mobilizing all philanthropic resources to build a more vibrant community. Through partnerships, collaboration and initiatives like our Impact Investing loan program, we are able to extend our impact and deliver greater community support.

Impact Investing

Impact Investing is a way to invest in projects that intend to generate a financial return as well as a tangible social return or community benefit. Through our Impact Investing loan program, the investment capital is returned to the foundation with interest and can be “recycled” back into the community for other projects. Once a loan is repaid, that money is then loaned to another effort and the positive impact continues to multiply.

Give Local Louisville

Give Local Louisville 2014 raised more than $1.89 million for local participating nonprofits during the inaugural online “Give Day.” We hope you will join us again on October 1, for Give Local Louisville 2015. Read on to hear how you can take part!

Endowment Partners

Building permanent endowment funds may be your nonprofit’s answer to ensuring long-term viability. Learn how the Community Foundation can make it easy for you.

Supporting Sponsorships

At times when creative ideas are born in a community, they need a temporary home.

Alden Fellows

The Community Foundation believes Louisville’s nonprofits are strengthened when more nonprofit leaders have access to high quality professional development opportunities. Learn more about our Alden Fellow Leadership Development Program.

The Next Louisville

We are working in partnership with Louisville Public Media’s WFPL News and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky for The Next Louisville: Community Health. It is a year-long journalism project on our city’s most pressing health-related issues.

Nonprofit Resources

We have compiled some resources your nonprofit might find helpful.

Questions About How We Work with Our Community?

Trisha Finnegan
Trisha Finnegan »
Vice President, Community Leadership