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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.  Because the Fund for Louisville is endowed, the earnings from the fund will support our community forever.

Commitment to Capacity Building

Since 2014, the Foundation has granted $1.7 million from the Fund for Louisville to support nonprofit capacity building for 98 Louisville nonprofits. We believe that strong nonprofit organizations lead to more effective programs and greater community impact. By investing in these organizations for things like technology upgrades, strategy development, professional development and evaluation and feasibility studies, we have helped strengthen the leaders, systems, and plans that enable nonprofits to pursue and achieve their missions.

For a full list of previous grantees, check out the link below:

A New Strategic Focus

We remain committed to capacity building, and as an innovator in philanthropy we continually evaluate Louisville’s greatest challenges and opportunities, using data, research, and on-the-ground knowledge and experience to inform our grant making approaches.

As a founding partner and continuing supporter of the Greater Louisville Project, we were drawn to its 2015 report on poverty. The report highlights how multi-dimensional poverty (e.g. scarcity in education, health, income and employment) disproportionately affect Louisville’s western and south central neighborhoods and demonstrates clearly how scarcity in parts of our community affects us all.

Support For Those Who Need It Most

Starting with our 2018 grants, the Community Foundation will use the Fund for Louisville to make grants that respond to the findings in the Greater Louisville Project’s report “A Focus on Poverty.” We will apply a strategic focus to the capacity building grants by investing in the nonprofit organizations which are strengthening the people and places in 11 ZIP codes, highlighted in red and orange on the map to the left.

The application period for a 2019 capacity building grant will begin with a Letter of Intent (LOI) that will be open on June 25.  Please visit CFL’s grant website, to view the LOI when it is available.  Grantees will be announced in December 2018. Grant awards will be made in January 2019.  

If your organization has used the grant website to apply for previous grant opportunities, please use those login credentials instead of creating a new account.  If you have trouble accessing the site, please contact Liz Alkire.

For additional information about the Fund for Louisville Grants Program, contact Liz.

Liz Alkire
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Senior Program Officer, Mission & Impact
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