2016 Fund for Louisville Grants Awarded

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The Community Foundation of Louisville’s (CFL) Fund for Louisville, in partnership with the Lift a Life Foundation, the James Graham Brown Foundation and an anonymous donor, awarded more than $300,000 in Fund for Louisville capacity-building grants to 20 local nonprofit organizations. CFL has awarded a total of $847,070 to 48 Louisville nonprofits since the grant program began three years ago.

The Fund for Louisville Grant Awards announcement and celebration was held at the Community Foundation’s offices. At the event, representatives from the 20 nonprofits received their grants, presented by CFL President and CEO Susan A. Barry and Mark Campisano, a member of the CFL board of directors and Chair of its Grantmaking, Partnerships and Strategies Committee.

Capacity-building grants are intended to enhance the ability of Louisville nonprofits to achieve their mission, operate more effectively and build long-term sustainability. These grants can include: board assessment and development, marketing and communications, collaboration and collective impact efforts, pilot/demonstration projects, evaluation, staff development and training, and technology.  At this time, the Fund for Louisville grants program is the only local program offering capacity-building-specific grants.

Created by visionary philanthropists, the Fund for Louisville grants program allows CFL to respond to emerging needs in the Louisville area.  With less government support available and growth in wealth disparity, organizations must focus more of their efforts on building capacity to meet increased needs for education and social services, but most public funding is available only for programming. The Fund for Louisville fills a gap by offering grants specifically targeted at capacity building.

“We issued a call for Letters of Interest in June and received more than 100. One indication of the need for capacity-building support is the total amount requested by these organizations – more than $2.3 million. This demonstrates just how vital capacity-building grants are to the viability of our nonprofit community,” said Barry. “This year, we made an effort to balance awards between larger and smaller nonprofits — those with more or less than $1 million in annual revenue. We continue to refine our process each year to ensure maximum impact for local nonprofits.”

A selection committee, comprising members of the Community Foundation board of directors, community volunteers and representatives from local foundations, reviewed and scored proposals submitted through a competitive online application process. The selection of the final 20 grantees was the result of careful consideration and a rigorous, transparent process.

The 2016 Fund for Louisville grant recipients and their capacity-building projects are:

Actors Theatre of Louisville, $3,025

Determine the feasibility of a new program offering.

Adelante Hispanic Achievers, $18,000

Enhance marketing strategies and internal data collection processes.

Americana Community Center, $19,400

Complete a community needs assessment and evaluate the impact of existing programs.

Belle of Louisville and Spirit of Jefferson, $20,000

Redesign the Belle of Louisville’s website, making it mobile-responsive and more customer-friendly.

CASA Inc., $20,000

Enhance volunteer training, fundraising skills, and board development.

ElderServe, $20,000

Conduct an evaluation of the organization’s impact.

Exceptional Teens and Adults – ETA Teen Center, $5,470

Evaluate the feasibility of the Center’s renovation.

Global Game Changers Children’s Education Initiative, $9,447.65

Acquire new hardware and software to improve organizational efficiency.

Green Hill Therapy, $13,278.90

Acquire new communications technology to increase efficiency of communications.

Kentucky Center for Special Children Services (Carriage House), $10,000

Enhance marketing messages and strategies.

Kentucky Center for the Arts Foundation, $13,000

Develop a new programmatic evaluation framework.

Kentucky Refugee Ministries, $20,000

Redesign the organization’s website and acquire new constituent management software.

Kristy Love Foundation, $15,800

Develop new strategic and fundraising plans.

Restorative Justice Louisville, $13,500

Improve the functionality of an existing case management system.

Teach Kentucky, $14,800

Acquire new technology and revamp the organization’s website to enhance recruitment of teachers.

The Cabbage Patch Settlement House, $14,270

Upgrade financial accounting software.

The Food Literacy Project at Oxmoor Farm, $20,000

Assess the organization’s marketing strategy and finances.

The Salvation Army Louisville, $20,000

Implement a web-based volunteer management system.

Wellspring, $20,000

Update financial accounting software to respond to increased demand for services.

West End School, $14,000

Create and train on use of a new donor database.


For more information about the competitive grants program, contact Liz Alkire at 502.855.6965. For more information about making contributions to the Fund for Louisville, contact Mike Schultz at 502.855.6953.