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 award more than $400,000 competitive grant making dollars each year to organizations serving the needs of communities in Central and Eastern Kentucky.

Below is a list of annual grant opportunities made possible by various funds at Blue Grass Community Foundation. Interested applicants must register with the Blue Grass Community Foundation’s Online Application Portal to access the application and apply for a grant. Click here to access the BGCF Online Application Portal to access any available applications. Please contact Kristen Tidwell at kristen@bgcf.org or at (859) 721-2347 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.

The application for this grant opportunity is typically made available in early fall. Please continue to check back for updated details on the 2021 grant cycle.

2017 Recipients.

2018 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. 

Please note that the HSG Foundation is not offering a competitive grant opportunity for 2020. It is anticipated that the grant opportunity will resume in spring of 2021. Please continue to check back for updated details on the 2021 grant cycle.

2018 Recipients.

2019 Recipients.

 

Early Childhood Education & Literacy 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 early childhood education and/or literacy (including programs for English Language Learners).

Please note that applications are not being accepted for this grant opportunity in 2020.   In lieu of the annual competitive grant process, Blue Grass Community Foundation will direct grants, per its discretion, to most effectively respond to the needs that have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic.  It is anticipated that applications will once again be accepted in summer 2021. Please continue to check back for updated details on the 2021 grant cycle.

Early Childhood Education and Literacy Grant Recipients 2019.

Early Childhood Education and Literacy Grant Recipients 2018.

Early Childhood Education and Literacy Grant Recipients 2017.


Beulah S. Mays Grant 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 Kentuncky.  The Community Foundaiton 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 demential-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 will be considered.  Grant awards will range from $5,000 to $10,000.

Deadline to apply:   October 15, 2020 by 5:00 pm (EST)

Click Here to apply for this grant on the BGCF Online Application Portal

 

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.

Please note that the Hudson-Ellis Fund is not offering a competitive grant opportunity for 2020.  The Advisory Board of the Hudson-Ellis Fund has elected to direct grants, per its discretion, to be best respond to the needs of Boyle County that have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. It is anticipated that the grant opportunity will resume in spring of 2021. Please continue to check back for updated details on the 2021 grant cycle. 

2017 Recipients.

2018 Recipients.

2019 Recipients.

 

                                 

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