Transforming Community

Wondering how we partner with community, organizations, individuals, and donors to transform our community? Read on.

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CFL’s Competitive Grant Opportunities 2021

1. Fund for Louisville 2021-2023: Racial Justice Cohort. Support for Black-led social change organizations. Application process opens in February 2021. For more, click here.

2. Artemis Fund: The Artemis Fund is a donor-advised fund with the Community Foundation of Louisville administered entirely by high school students who are enrolled in a philanthropy course at Kentucky Country Day School. The Fund awards grants to local organizations working in Greater Louisville to support youth issues or promote youth development. Their application usually opens in January. For more, click here.

3. Affiliate Foundation Grants: CFL supports competitive grantmaking for two affiliate foundations. Organizations that work in Oldham County and/or the Owensboro, KY area may be eligible.

  • The Oldham County Community Foundation provides grants to help Oldham County nonprofits improve their work. Their grant process is open from May 24 – June 11, 2021. Click here to apply today. For more information about the affiliate, please visit their page.
  • The Green River Area Community Foundation offers grants from its Owensboro-Daviess County Community Fund to nonprofits working in Daviess County. The grant process usually begins in the fall. For more information about the affiliate, please visit their page.
  • The Shelby County Community Foundation offers grants to nonprofits doing tremendous work in its area. Their grant process is open until July 6, 2021. Please apply here. For more information about the affiliate, please visit their page.

Trust-Based Philanthropy

The Community Foundation of Louisville is taking steps to include Trust-Based Philanthropy practices when distributing our funds. To learn more about these practices, the difference it makes, and how we're incorporating this please see this document.


The Community Foundation of Louisville regularly convenes and supports discussion of timely and important topics affecting our community. It also provides support for community foundations to work in rural parts of Kentucky.

Health Equity Fund

The Louisville Health Equity Fund is hosted by the Community Foundation and its purpose is to advance our culture of health by demonstrating the promise of collaboration, innovation, and intentional investment with a racial equity lens.

Next Louisville

Next Louisville is a partnership with Louisville Public Media's WFPL News that seeks to produce journalism that informs, engages, and inspires conversation about our city’s most pressing issues.


The Community Foundation of Louisville believes our community is stronger when nonprofits and other community-minded organizations have the financial resources, connections, knowledge, and support to thrive.

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.

Fund for Louisville 2021-2023: Systems Change for Racial Justice

The Fund for Louisville was created, and is still supported by those who seek to strengthen our community today and for future generations.

Field of Interest Grants

Field of Interest Grants support organizations working within a specific geographic region; toward a specific purpose; or with a specific population. Each Field of Interest Fund was established by a donor with a specific charitable purpose in mind and, in perpetuity, will continue to support the issues that the donor cared about most.

Give For Good Louisville

Give For Good Louisville is the Community Foundation of Louisville's 24-hour online giving day created to inspire people to give generously to the nonprofits that make our community a better, more vital place to live.

Impact Capital

The Community Foundation of Louisville strategically invests in projects intended to generate a financial return as well as a tangible community benefit, so that our community will be a more vibrant place to live and work.

Supporting Sponsorships

At times, when creative ideas are born in a community, they need a temporary home. The Community Foundation supports partners and groups creating good in our community

Vogt Invention & Innovation Fund

The Vogt Invention & Innovation Fund at the Community foundation of Louisville strengthens Louisville’s economic health through support for programs and events that inform innovative thinking and inspire entrepreneurship.


The Community Foundation of Louisville offers opportunities for artists, entrepreneurs, innovators, and nonprofit leaders.

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.

Bill Fischer Award for Visual Artists

The Bill Fischer Award for Visual Artists is a $5,000 prize designed to make a meaningful impact on the career of a visual artist residing in the Louisville Metro Area.

Hadley Creatives

Hadley Creatives is a comprehensive 6-month professional development program that empowers Louisville's creatives.


Through more than 100 scholarship funds, the Community Foundation awards up to $1.6 million each academic year.

Vogt Awards

The Vogt Invention & Innovation Fund provides direct support to early-stage company founders through the Vogt Awards , which awards non-dilutive cash award to promising, early-stage companies in Louisville.

Questions about how we work with our community?

Trisha Finnegan
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Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer
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