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Grantmaking is at the hub of what we mean when we say 
“We’re in it for GOOD.”  

Giving good back to the community through grantmaking is how we fulfill our mission. BGCF and its affiliates award more than $400,000 competitive grant making dollars each year to organizations serving the needs of communities in Central and Appalachia Kentucky. 

Below is a list of annual grant opportunities made possible by various funds at Blue Grass Community Foundation.  Please contact Kristen Tidwell with any questions. 

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In order to apply for grants offered by Blue Grass Community Foundation, all applicants will need to register with the Grant Application Online Portal linked below. 

Click here to access the Applicant Guide for help on registering and navigating the portal


Accelerating Innovative + Equitable Workforce Pathways Grant

Blue Grass Community Foundation, with support from the Walton Family Foundation, announces a workforce-development funding opportunity designed to better prepare Fayette County students in grades 6 – 12 for in-demand, high-paying jobs. One or more grants totaling $500,000 will be awarded. It is anticipated a second round of funding will be awarded in Fall 2024. There will be two rounds of funding. Proposals with project budgets between $200,000 and $500,000 will be considered. Successful projects will specifically address disparities that exist for students due to socioeconomic status, gender, and/or race and ethnicity.


BGCF365 is a giving circle made up of emerging philanthropists and civic leaders who have a desire to create change in Lexington. BGCF365 members contribute to a charitable fund and meet annually to review nonprofit proposals and vote on nonprofit grant recipients. Each year the grant focus is different.

The 2024 grant focuses on programs or projects that break down barriers to employment, transportation, childcare, safe housing, and other opportunities for Fayette County adults and families to thrive.

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

Finalist Presentations: May 2024

Grant Period: May 2024 – April 2025


Early Childhood Education Literacy Grant

With funding from the MacAdam Early Childhood and Literacy Fund, Blue Grass Community Foundation seeks to increase equitable access to quality pre-K education, early childhood care programs, and/or literacy programs for students in Central Kentucky.  

BGCF has the goal of narrowing the achievement gap by supporting those organizations/programs specifically serving low-income students, students of color, English Language Learners (ELL), and students with special needs.  Qualified charitable organizations serving Central Kentucky are eligible to submit grant proposals that focus on early childhood teaching and learning; professional development for early childhood educators; parent engagement; and literacy-specific programs for learners of all ages, including adults.  Proposals for project support and general operating support will be considered.  Grant awards will range from $2,500 to $10,000, with the option of renewal for one additional year.

Application Deadline:  June 21, 2024
Notification:  August 2024
Grant Period:  August 2024 – July 31, 2025 (with option for renewal of one additional year)

Support for the Aging Community in Central and Eastern Kentucky 

With funding from the Beulah S. Mays Charitable Endowment, Blue Grass Community Foundation seeks to provide support to nonprofit organizations that are directly serving older adults in Central and Eastern Kentucky.  

The Community Foundation is focused on supporting organizations that specifically serve individuals impacted by the challenges of aging and age-related diseases. Special consideration will be given to those organizations addressing the needs of older adults suffering from dementia-related diseases and their caregivers; as well as those organizations whose services benefit underserved populations, including low-income individuals and people of color. This opportunity is made available exclusively to those nonprofits and agencies whose primary mission is focused on the aging community, dementia, and other age-related issues. 

Proposals for project support, as well as general operating support, are typically considered.

Application Deadline: June 28, 2024
Notification: August 2024
Grant Period: August 2024 – July 2025 (with option for renewal of one additional year)


Hudson-Ellis Grants 

Qualified charitable organizations serving Boyle County are eligible to apply for funding for projects for the good of Boyle County. Funding priorities for this grant opportunity include public education and services for disadvantaged and/or disabled youth and adults. Successful proposals will address community needs through projects and programs that demonstrate sustainable impact and measurable outcomes. The Hudson-Ellis competitive grantmaking program is made possible through the generosity of Lottie B. Ellis and other donors who established funds through bequests for the good of Boyle County. Grant request amount should not exceed $10,000.

The application is anticipated to become available in Summer 2024.


Woodford County Community Fund Grant Opportunity

The application for the 2023/2024 grant cycle is closed.

Grant Period: November 2023-September 2024

Notification: November 2023

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