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What is the Fund for Louisville Grants Program?

Created by visionary philanthropists who wanted to support their community today and beyond their own lifetimes, the Fund for Louisville allows the Community Foundation to respond to emerging needs and opportunities in the Louisville area.

Currently, the Fund for Louisville is offering capacity building grants established on the belief that strong nonprofit organizations lead to greater impact.

Who can apply for a grant?

Organizations that:

  • Are headquartered in Jefferson County, Kentucky. If based outside of the county, then organization must demonstrate that a majority of customers /beneficiaries are located in Jefferson County, Kentucky.
  • Are classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity in good standing. Organizations with a pending application for 501(c)(3) status may apply with proof of Form 1023 receipt from the IRS. Should your organization be selected to receive a Fund for Louisville grant, the award will be withdrawn if the final 501(c)(3) determination is not verified within 6 months of the award decision.

How much is available?

An announcement about funds available for 2016 Grants will be posted here in June 2015. A total of $300,000 was awarded in 2015 Grants, made possible by the Community Foundation of Louisville, Lift a Life Foundation, and an anonymous donor.

How can I apply?

The online application and timeline for our 2016 grants will appear here when the program opens in summer of 2015.

How are grantees selected?

Grant proposals will be evaluated by a selection committee on the basis of criteria that will be shared with all applicants when the program opens.

What projects are eligible for funding?

Specific information will be shared here in June 2015. You may see a list of previous grantees on this website.

How can I learn more?

Information about the 2016 Grants will be shared via email and placed on this site when available in June 2015. If your organization does not currently receive email communications from the Community Foundation of Louisville, please email Liz Alkire and ask to be added to the email distribution list.

Please note that the Community Foundation of Louisville reserves the right to modify the Fund for Louisville Grants Program to best meet the needs of the community.

Previous Winners

For additional information about the Fund for Louisville Grants Program, please call.

Liz Alkire
Liz Alkire »
Program Officer