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—Healthy Neighborhoods Grant

BGCF365 – Healthy Neighborhoods Grant The BGCF365 Charitable Fund at Blue Grass Community Foundation is accepting applications from tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations that work to provide healthy neighborhoods for residents of Fayette County. Helping to aid and support healthy neighborhoods in Fayette County can include (but is not limited to) activities that work to improve health and wellness; food access; transportation; and/or community engagement. Grant applications will be reviewed by the BGCF365 Steering Committee and narrowed to five contenders. Representatives from the top 5 grant contenders will be required to present a short (maximum 10 minute) presentation to the members of BGCF365 at their annual meeting in November. Grants will be awarded based on membership votes. The first and second place winners will $10,000 and $7,500 respectively. Prizes of $2,500 will be given for third, fourth and fifth place.

Application deadline has passed.


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.

Application deadline has passed.


North/East Lexington Neighborhood MiniGrant 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.

Application deadline has passed. 

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

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

Click here to see a list of projects funded in Fall 2017


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. A total of $10,000 will be distributed through the Teacher Mini-Grants Program.

Application deadline has passed. 

2016 Recipients


Thomson R. Bryant, Jr. and Betty R. Bryant Fund Grant

The Thomson R. Bryant, Jr. and Betty R. Bryant Fund at Blue Grass Community Foundation is accepting applications from tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations that provide health and human services directly impacting residents of Fayette County. Funding priorities include basic human needs, housing, homelessness, health and safety, and child protective services.

Application deadline has passed.

2017 Recipients


What's Next? Grants

On the Table participants were excited about the fresh innovative ideas to build a better Lexington generated during their conversations on March 15. To help realize some of the best ideas and to celebrate Blue Grass Community Foundation's 50th Anniversary, we're excited to announce What's Next Grants! The community Foundation will award $50,000 in quick action grants - up to twenty-five $2,000 grant awards - to support ideas arising from our inaugural On the Table conversations. All registered participants for a 2017 On the Table event are eligible to apply by submitting a short video featuring the proposed project. Both individuals and organizations are eligible to apply. Projects must be completed no later than June 30, 2018

Application deadline has passed.



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.

Application deadline has passed. Application will be available again Summer 2018.

Early Childhood Education and Literacy Grant Recipients 2016


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 2017 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. The grant amount requested should not exceed $10,000.

Application deadline has passed. Application will be available again Spring 2018.

2016 Recipients



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 $5,000.

Watch this space for information about the next grant cycle.



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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