Green River Area Community Foundation



The Green River Area Community Foundation (GRACF) is dedicated to enriching the quality of life for all citizens in the counties of Daviess, Hancock, McLean, Ohio, Union and Webster, Kentucky. GRACF serves the charitable interests of donors who have established charitable funds as part of a permanent, collective, philanthropic resource for the current and future needs of the region.

The Green River Area Community Foundation is an affiliate foundation of the Community Foundation of Louisville, a tax-exempt public charity that administers charitable funds created by individuals, businesses and organizations for the betterment of their communities.

The Green River Area Community Foundation was organized in 1993 to provide the services of a community foundation to local residents and to begin building a collective charitable endowment for the Green River Area.

If you’d like to make a contribution to one of the general funds at the Green River Area Community Foundation you may do so by clicking Give Now at the top right of this page.

Green River Area Grant Opportunities 

The Green River Area Community Foundation has opened applications for 2022 grants. After pausing our Capacity Building Grants last year to focus funding and granting for the Green River Area COVID-19 Response Fund, we have returned with new focus areas and priorities. The Grantmaking Committee will award funds to 501c3 nonprofit organizations working to transform lives in Daviess, Hancock, McLean, Ohio, Union, and Webster counties in Kentucky. This year’s specific areas of focus are as follows:

  • Nonprofits providing health and dental services to the poor and needy in the Owensboro/Green River Area
  • Shelters, homes, and facilities for the homeless in the Owensboro/Green River Area
  • Nonprofits providing child welfare or youth-focused programming in Daviess County

When selecting organizations to fund, the Grantmaking Committee will give priority to nonprofits who effectively make an impact in the community, are successful in their mission, and who experienced a negative financial impact by the pandemic. Grants may be requested in amounts up to $7,500. Requests for general operating funds, such as staffing, overhead, etc. will be considered this year. A total of $30,000 will be awarded.

The grant application can be completed and submitted online by the October 29, 2021 deadline. Nonprofits will be notified by mid-December, and grant awards announced and dispersed by mid-January, 2022.

We recognize that many wonderful organizations may not qualify under these specific focus areas. We truly appreciate the important work you ALL do. Due to the limited amount of funds available, the Grantmaking Committee made the difficult decision to restrict the focus areas to these three, this year. This allows them to concentrate on growing their knowledge on the charitable work of a limited group of organizations, and saves others the time of applying and submitting an application. The areas of focus will be reevaluated and others will be considered for the following year.

While in previous years we have enjoyed gathering for a Nonprofit Leader Seminar and overview of the application process, we will not do so at this time. You may direct questions to Amy Silvert at

Advisory Board

  • Jason Worth, Chair
  • Steve Divine, Chair-Elect
  • Andrea Crabtree, Secretary
  • Larry O’Bryan, Treasurer
  • G. Dan Griffith, Board Development Chair
  • Jeff Ebelhar, County Outreach Chair
  • Gregory C. Longtine, Grantmaking Chair
  • Nick Volk, Professional Outreach Chair
  • Mike Weafer, Public Relations Chair
  • Frank Hagan
  • Ed Hodskins
  • Charles Kamuf
  • David Ross
  • Jiten Shah
  • Craig Smith
  • Mark Starnes

The Green River Area Community Foundation has $200,000 available for scholarship grants. Visit the Scholarship section of the Community Foundation of Louisville’s website to apply.

If you are a professional advisor, please note that the Green River Area Community Foundation hosts a half-day continuing education seminar each year in the late spring/early summer.

Would you like to learn more about the Green River Area Community Foundation?

Amy Silvert
Amy Silvert
Executive Director
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Jennifer Fust-Rutherford, JD
Jennifer Fust-Rutherford, JD
Director of Gift Planning
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