BGCF365

THE POWER OF $1 A DAY.

The idea is simple. You give $365— a dollar a day— to make our community better. You pool those daily dollars with others. Then, once a year, you decide together which organizations you want to receive $30,000 in total grants.

An initiative of Blue Grass Community Foundation, BGCF365 unites and informs emerging philanthropists to make a collective impact on Fayette County. BGCF365 is for givers of all ages who want to make Lexington a better place to work, live and play for all!

STAY IN TOUCH:

BGCF365 2024 Events: Save the Dates!

Wednesday, March 6 | 5:30-7pm
Spring Social
West Sixth Barrel Room

Join us on March 6th at West Sixth for the BGCF365 Spring Social!

Get ready for an inspiring evening as we dive into the heart of our 2024 grantmaking theme: “Connecting Communities to Resources.” We’re thrilled to have United Way of Kentucky share their insights on the impactful issues we can address together.

Let’s come together, ignite conversations and pave the way for positive change. Your presence matters! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect, learn, and make a difference.

May 8
THE FINALS: BGCF365 Annual Meeting
The Melodeon

Hear programming pitches from three nonprofits and vote live to award $15,000, $10,000 and $5,000 in grants!


2023-24 Grant RFP: Connecting Communities to Resources

The 2023/2024 grant application is now available! BGCF365 welcomes applications for programs or projects that break down barriers to employment, transportation, childcare, safe housing and other opportunities for Fayette County adults and families to thrive. Proposals with project budgets of at least $15,000 will be considered. Three grants – in the amounts of $15,000, $10,000, and $5,000 â€“ will be awarded.

Deadline to apply: February 23, 2024 by 11:59 pm


THE FINALS! 2022-23 Grantmaking Cycle Results

BGCF365 Annual Meeting at Base 249, Thursday April 20, 2023 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Mahan, Mahan Multimedia

BGCF365 members met at Base249 for The Finals, our annual grantmaking meeting, on April 20. We heard project pitches from three Lexington nonprofits supporting Fayette County youth and voted on how to award $25,000 in total grants:

First Place $15,000 Grant Winner: Operation Making a Change

Second Place $7,500 Grant Winner: African American Ballet Troupe

Third Place $2,500 Grant Winner: Specialized Alternatives For Families and Youth

BGCF365 2022-23 Grant Applicants

The BGCF365 Advisory Team reviewed more than 40 amazing applications from local nonprofits and faced the difficult decision of narrowing the field down to three finalists. Click the button below to meet the pool of applicants, learn more about their organizations and find opportunities to support their missions.


HOW IT WORKS

Your annual membership contribution is split equally into two pools. One half is used for immediate grantmaking, decided on collectively by BGCF365 members. The other half builds the BGCF365 Endowment, which serves as a perpetual charitable asset to provide grantmaking resources for generations to come.

Each year, BGCF365 hosts networking/educational events, and an annual grantmaking event where the members decide how to allocate $30,000 in total grants. Since 2017, BGCF365 has awarded $150,000 in grants to Lexington nonprofits!

Join BGCF365 any time during the year pay paying $30 per month or with a one-time payment of $365. Or, become a Lifetime Member with a one-time gift of $3,650.


BGCF365 A-Team

The BGCF365 Advisory Team is a group of dynamic, local leaders who provide guidance on the programming of BGCF365, review grant proposals and advocate on behalf of BGCF365 membership.

  • Katie Bouvier, Sturgill Turner
  • Maya Brown, KET
  • Gentry Collins, Stites & Harbison
  • Madeline Flynn, Ballast Inc.
  • Abby Johnson, Climate Group
  • Phil Jun
  • Louie Kessinger, Baird
  • Emily Lane, AMR Management Services
  • Harper Michael, Kentucky Chamber Foundation
  • Christian Motley, Results for America
  • John Stein, White Oak Commercial Real Estate
  • Lili Williams, Stoll Keenon Ogden

If you’d like to get more involved with BGCF365 and join the A-Team, contact Lauren Parsons or fill our this form.


OUR IMPACT

In total, BGCF365 has awarded $150,000 in grants to Lexington nonprofits! Read more about the grants awarded since 2017: