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. BGCF and its affiliates awarded over $400,000 competitive grant making dollars to organizations serving the needs of communities in Central and Eastern Kentucky.

All interested applicants must register using the link below before applying for a grant. Please contact Kristen Tidwell at kristen@bgcf.org with any questions.

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GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR Fayette County

BGCF365

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. Past themes have included Healthy Neighborhoods and Education. The grant focus for 2020 is Green Spaces and Public Places. BGCF365 is currently accepting proposals from tax-exempt nonprofit organizations for projects focused on developing vibrant, engaging, accessible, and equitable public places and/or green spaces in Fayette County. 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 January 2020. Grants will be awarded based on membership votes.

Dealine to apply: October 21, 2019 by 5:00 pm EST.

Finalist Presentations: January 2020.

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2017 Recipients.

2018 Recipients.

 

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.

2017/2018 Recipients.

 

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

Deadline to apply: October 10, 2019 by 5:00 pm EST.

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2017 Recipients.

2018 Recipients.

 

What You Do Matters - 2019 On the Table Grant

Through generous funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Blue Grass Community Foundation will award a total of $25,000 in “What You Do Matters” grants to help bring your 2019 On the Table ideas into action. These quick action mini-grants will be awarded to fund the most innovative project ideas that arise from On the Table conversations. Proposals must focus on this year’s theme of creating a more welcoming and inclusive community for all. Individuals and organizations that officially registered for and participated in a 2019 On the Table event are eligible. The application will be available starting March 28, 2019 and the deadline to apply is April 30, 2019.

The grant cycle is now closed.

2019 Recipients.

 

 

GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR CENTRAL KENTUCKY

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 2019 grant cycle is now closed. The application for the 2020 cycle will be available in spring of 2020. Please check back for more details on the guidelines and application deadline.

2018 Recipients.

2019 Recipients.

 

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.

The 2019 grant cycle is now closed. The application for the 2020 cycle will be available in summer of 2020. Please check back for more details on the guidelines and application deadline.

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Early Childhood Education and Literacy Grant Recipients 2019.

Early Childhood Education and Literacy Grant Recipients 2018.

Early Childhood Education and Literacy Grant Recipients 2017.

 

Support for the Aging Community in Central Kentucky

With funding from the Beulah S. Mays Charitable Endowment, Blue Grass Community Foundation seeks to support emerging and unmet needs within the field of aging in Central Kentucky. The Community Foundation is focused on supporting new and/or expanding initiatives that provide aid to individuals impacted by the debilitating effects of aging, including those projects or programs that address the effects on the families of those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related challenges. The Community Foundation will accept proposals submitted by individual organizations/agencies, as well as those submitted by a consortium of two or more partnering organizations/agencies that are working collaboratively to address these community needs. 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. The suggested grant request amount is $40,000 per one-year grant cycle. Proposals for grants less than $20,000 will not be considered. Proposals for multiple-year funding will be considered.

Deadline to apply: December 4, 2019 by 5:00 pm EST.

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GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR BOYLE COUNTY

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.

The 2019 grant cycle is now closed. The application for the 2020 cycle will be available in summer of 2020. Please check back for more details on the guidelines and application deadline.

2017 Recipients.

2018 Recipients.

2019 Recipients.

 

GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR Franklin county

Franklin County Community Fund - On the Table Grant

Franklin County Community Fund – On the Table Grant The Franklin County Community Fund is accepting applications to support ideas and projects arising from the inaugural On the Table conversations in Franklin County held in March, 2018. Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded to proposals that address one or more of the following questions:

1. How do we make Frankfort a College Town?
2. How do we encourage more civic engagement?
3. How do we enhance and promote what makes our community special?
4. How do we make Frankfort a more kid- and family-friendly community?

The grant cycle is now closed.

2019 Recipients.

 

GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR Morgan county

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.

The grant cycle is now closed.

 

GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR rowan county

ROWAN365

ROWAN365 is now accepting proposals from tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations and Public Schools in Rowan County for projects/programs that improve student learning and remove obstacles to academic success for students of all ages. Deadline to apply: January 21, 2019, by 11:59 pm EST.

The 2019 grant cycle is now closed. The application for the 2020 cycle will be available in winter 2020. Please check back for more details on the guidelines and application deadline.

2019 Recipients.

 

GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR Woodford county

Woodford County Community Fund - On The Table Grant Opportunity

The Woodford County Community Fund is seeking innovative proposals to address the following ideas arising from the 2019 On The Table conversations in Woodford County:

  • Cultural heritage and diversity
  • Public space and public converastions
  • Welcoming newcomers to the community
  • Partnerships to address accessibility
  • Telling our story as a community

Proposal advancing other worthy ideas that benefit Woodford County are also encouraged. Successful proposals will address community needs through projects and programs that demonstrate sustainable impact and measurable outcomes. Following an initial review by the Woodford County Community Fund, the commuity will be invited to weigh-in and help select the final grant recipients. In February 2020, Woodford County residents will vote on the proposals to receive funding. Grant awards will be between $1,000 and $2,500; up to $15,000 in potential grants may be awarded.

Deadline to apply: January 10, 2020

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GRANT PROCESs

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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