Better Together Grants

With funding from the Lexington Black Prosperity Initiative (LBPI), Walton Family Foundation and Blue Grass Community Foundation, LBPI seeks to support innovative projects that advance racial equity in Fayette County. LBPI invites proposals for projects or programs that specifically address themes and issues highlighted in Heather McGhee’s book, “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together.” LBPI requests proposals from nonprofit, local government and educational institutions that, individually or in collaboration with other agencies, have the capacity to execute projects that share one or more of the goals listed below:

  • Increase Black economic prosperity
  • Close Black racial equity gaps in Lexington
  • Increase opportunities for natural area beautification and environmental stewardship in predominantly Black neighborhoods
  • Bring people together across racial divides
  • Promote racial healing
  • Promote equity among all Lexingtonians regardless of race
  • Create solidarity among all Lexingtonians across color, origin, and class

With a total investment of $150,000, LBPI will award six grants of $5,000 for small-scale projects, two grants of $10,000 each for mid-scale projects, and two grants of $50,000 for larger-scale projects. Applicant organizations can submit up to one proposal for each grant tier; however, an applicant is eligible to receive only one grant. Preference will be given to applicant organizations or collaborations that are Black-led. Additionally, preference will be shown to those applicants who attended the event with Heather McGhee on April 28, 2022.

Eligibility:

  • Organizations located in Fayette County that serve residents of Fayette County
  • Organizations classified as nonprofit charitable organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code or that have a fiscal sponsor with a 501(c)(3) designation; or other public institutions or entities that have a designated charitable purpose, such as a school or unit of government.
  • Applicant organization must have a GuideStar Seal of Transparency at the Gold level or higher. GuideStar.org is a national database of nonprofits recognized as 501(c)3 organizations by the IRS. Organizations have free access to their profile on the site and can provide added information to increase the level of Transparency. Click here to learn more about earning your seal of Transparency. Please note that if your organization is a school or government, your organization is not eligible to have a GuideStar profile and this requirement is waived.
  • Organizations that do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, citizenship status, creed, religion, religious affiliation, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status or any other protected status under applicable law.
  • Organizations with religious affiliations will be considered for funding only if the project for which they seek support attempts to address the needs of the wider community without regard to religious beliefs.

How to Apply:

Visit the Blue Grass Community Foundation’s Grant portal to access the online application.

Deadline to apply: June 15, 2022 5:00 pm

Notification: July 15, 2022

Grant Period: August 1, 2022 – July 31, 2023

For more information, contact Kristen Tidwell, Director of Grants & Scholarships.

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