Neighborhoods energized and growing. A community made healthy and strong. 

A city that is engaged and connected from end to end. These are just a few of our goals for Lexington.

At Blue Grass Community Foundation, we know big ideas can spring from small conversations and people invest in what they help create. When we come together as a community to listen to and learn from each other, we have the power to impact both neighborhoods and lives. 

One of our most successful commnunity engagement initiatives was On the Table, introduced to Lexington on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

On the Table is an opportunity to gather around a table with friends, neighbors, colleagues and maybe even a few people we are meeting for the first time to talk about the issues, big and small, that impact our quality of life and that of the city. When we talk about our experiences in Lexington and listen to others, we connect and learn about what matters to all of us.

The issues we face today don’t often offer quick fixes. On the contrary, progress will only result when residents, organizations, businesses and government work together to make contributions that add up to a greater solution than we can achieve on our own. At the Community Foundation, we believe in the power of conversation to clarify, energize and organize people to do good things.

grants for north/east lexington in Northeast Lexington, a program of Blue Grass Community Foundation, the North Limestone Community Development Corporation and Community Ventures, is funded through a grant from the Kresge Foundation. The goal of the grant is to encourage more inclusive community development and to fund neighborhood-based projects in the fields of art, culture, food, and health in Northeast Lexington. All projects should embody the concept of equity - defined as intentionally just and fair inclusion into a society in which all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. In order to apply, you must live, serve, or work in the East End, MLK Neighborhood, or North End. Both individual and organizational applications will be considered. Grant amounts between $1,000 and $5,000 will be awarded. The grant period will begin October 1, 2017 and end September 30, 2018. The deadline to apply is September 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm.

Applicants are invited to attend a free information session about the application process on Thursday, June 29, 6:00 to 7:00 pm at Wild Fig Books + Coffee and on Tuesday, August 8, 6:00 to 7:00 pm at the Lyric Theatre. In addition, open office hours at NoLi CDC will be available for applicants wanting to drop in for more information and/or assistance on Friday, June 9, 4:00 to 6:00 pm and Friday, July 7, 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

Interested applicants serving the North Limestone neighborhood should contact Heather Hyden at NoLi CDC ( or 615-975-5459) and applicants serving the East End neighborhood should contact Smitty Smith at Community Ventures ( or 859-685-2187). For general information, contact Kristen Tidwell at Blue Grass Community Foundation ( or 859-225-3343).

Click here to access the BGCF Grant Portal and apply for this grant 

Click here to download helpful instructions on how to apply online and use the BGCF Grant Portal

Click here to see a full summary of grant projects funded in Spring 2016

Click here to see a list of projects funded in Fall 2016


We’re proud to support local citizens who have come together to make an impact on the community in which we live. Along with the Community Foundation, neighborhood and community volunteers are working to ensure that the proud heritage of this community is preserved as a historic gem for the entire city of Lexington.

“My promise to the community is this: Blue Grass Community Foundation will continue to listen. We will work to provide leadership, create partnerships and engage everyone who wants to help.”  Lisa Adkins, CEO


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