grant opportunities

At Blue Grass Community Foundation, grantmaking is the hub of what we mean when we say “We’re in it for GOOD.” Giving good back to the community that serves its members is how we fulfill that mission every day. In 2015, BGCF and its affiliates awarded over $400,000 competitive grant making dollars to organizations serving the needs of communities in Central and Eastern Kentucky.

The Community Foundation is pleased to introduce a new online grant application portal. All interested applicants must register in the new system before applying for a grant. Please contact Kristen Tidwell at with any questions.

Click here to access the portal and apply for grants.




BGCF365 is accepting proposals from tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations and Title I Public Schools in Fayette County for projects/programs that improve student learning and remove obstacles to academic success for students of all ages. Such obstacles include, but are not limited to: transportation, food insecurity, physical and/or mental challenges, access to technology, language barriers, poverty and homelessness. Preference will be shown to proposals that focus on efforts to increase academic achievement among low-income, minority and English language learners. Applications will be limited to one per organization/school. Proposals from schools must have a school-wide benefit. Applications will be reviewed by the BGCF365 Steering Committee, narrowed to five finalists, and representatives from these organizations will be required to present a short presentation to the members of BGCF365 at their annual meeting in January 2019. Grants will be awarded based on membership votes.

BGCF365 is a giving circle made up of emerging philanthropists and civic leaders who have a desire to create change in Lexington.

Click here for more information about this grant: 2018-BGCF365-RFP-1

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Kroger Community Fields Program Grant

The goal of the Kroger Community Fields Program is to enhance the lives of kids across the Commonwealth through their involvement in sports and healthy living. Kroger Community Fields Program will provide funding to renovate, create, or maintain a youth activity venue to achieve the greatest impact on the local community. Grants in the range of $5,000 - $25,000 will be awarded annually. Municipalities, community centers, youth sports leagues, and other such entities/agencies are eligible to apply. Due to NCAA regulations, schools or school districts are ineligible to apply.

The application for the next grant cycle will be available in early September. Please check back later for more details regarding the grant deadline and guidelines.


Teacher Mini-Grants Program

Teachers in the Fayette County Public School system are eligible to apply for funding for creative and interesting programs, projects or events for their classrooms that will encourage learning. A preference will be given to projects focused on  childhood education (age 3 – K) and literacy (across all grade levels and subject areas). The program will enable the purchase of special materials or resources for the classroom which are not allocated in school budgets. The grant amount requested should not exceed $1,000

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Click here to access the BGCF portal and apply for this grant.

2017 Recipients

Deadline to apply: October 19, 2018 at 5:00pm EST.




HSG Foundation Mini-Grants

The HSG Foundation at Blue Grass Community Foundation is accepting applications from tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations for new and innovative projects in performing and visual arts in central Kentucky. Organizations that work in the areas of musical arts; visual arts; visual arts in healthcare and arts education are encouraged to apply. Successful proposals will request funding for new and innovative programs/projects that will create a positive impact and inspire others in the arts community. Grant awards will range from $1,000-$5,000.

The 2018 grant cycle is now closed. The grant application will be made available again in Spring 2019.


Literacy and Early Childhood Education Grants

Qualified charitable organizations serving Anderson, Bourbon, Fayette, Franklin, Harrison, Jessamine, Madison, Montgomery, Scott and/or Woodford Counties are eligible to apply for funding for projects that focus on literacy and early childhood education. Suggested grant request amount: $2,500 - $10,000.

Click here to access the BGCF portal and apply for this grant.

Deadline to apply: August 15, 2018 at 5:00pm EST.

Early Childhood Education and Literacy Grant Recipients 2017.


Grants Available for Bath and Montgomery Counties

Minnie Ralls Berry Fund Grants 

Qualified charitable organizations serving low-income patients suffering from cancer or tuberculosis in Bath and Montgomery Counties are eligible to apply for funding. 

Grant applications are due in the fall each year. Please check back as the details regarding the 2018 grant cycle are available.



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 grant amount requested should not exceed $10,000.

Click here to access the BGCF portal and apply for this grant.

Deadline to apply: July 16, 2018 at 5:00pm EST.

2017 Recipients



Our Foundation for Morgan County - Economic Development Grant

Our Foundation for Morgan County is accepting applications for Economic Development Projects that will benefit the residents of Morgan County. The purpose of this grant is to encourage charitable projects that support a vibrant and diverse economy based on the area's strengths and assets. Our Foundation for Morgan County looks to applicants to develop creative projects that will have a lasting impact on the community and that are sustainable beyond the Foundation's initial investment. Proposed projects should support and promote economic development activities that provide primary benefit to the greater community. A total of $25,00 in grant funding is available. In addition to discrete projects with budgets up to $25,000, Our Foundation for Morgan County will also consider larger scale projects for which it can be a funding partner.

Click here to access the BGCF portal and apply for this grant. 

Deadline to apply: September 26, 2018 by 5:00 pm EST

Click here to download instructions on how to apply online for this grant.



Rowan County Community Fund Competitive Grant

Qualified charitable organizations serving Rowan County are eligible to apply for funding for proposals that serve residents of Rowan County, Kentucky. The size and number of grant awards are directly related to the amount of money available each year from the Rowan County Community Fund and the number of grant applications received. Grant applications are reviewed and approved annually by the Rowan County Community Fund Advisory Board.  Grants awarded will range between $500 and $4,000. Project proposals must serve residents of Rowan County, Kentucky, and should contribute to the improvement of the Morehead/Rowan County Community.

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Deadline to apply: April 13



Woodford County Community Fund Youth Enhancement Grant

Individuals, groups or formal organizations ages 14-18 are eligible to apply for funding for proposals that serve and are open to all youth residents of Woodford County, Kentucky. This opportunity is made available through the Woodford County Community Fund. The grant amount requested should not exceed $2,000.

WCCF Youth Enhancement Grant 2016 Guidelines

WCCF Youth Enhancement Grant 2016 Application



Each competitive grantmaking program is headed by a group of local volunteers elected by the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors to review requests and recommend recipients.  All considered grant applicants must submit required materials stated for each grant applied. *NOTE: Unsolicited grant requests without proper submitted application and materials will not be considered.

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