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 kristen@bgcf.org with any questions.

Click here to access the portal and apply for grants.

 

grants available for north/east lexington

art.culture.food.health 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.

Applicants are invited to attend a free information session about the application process on Thursday, June 29, 6:00 to 7:00 pm at Wild Fig Books + Coffee and on Tuesday, August 8, 6:00 to 7:00 pm at the Lyric Theatre. In addition, open office hours at NoLi CDC will be available for applicants wanting to drop in for more information and/or assistance on Friday, June 9, 4:00 to 6:00 pm and Friday, July 7, 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

Interested applicants serving the North Limestone neighborhood should contact Heather Hyden at NoLi CDC (heather@nolicdc.com or 615-975-5459) and applicants serving the East End neighborhood should contact Smitty Smith at Community Ventures (smitty@cvky.org or 859-685-2187). For general information, contact Kristen Tidwell at Blue Grass Community Foundation (kristen@bgcf.org or 859-225-3343).

Click here to access the BGCF Grant Portal and apply for this grant 

Click here to download helpful instructions on how to apply online and use the BGCF Grant Portal

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

Click here to see a list of projects funded in Fall 2016


GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR CENTRAL KENTUCKY

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.

Grant deadline has passed for the 2016 cycle. Grant opportunity will be available again in Fall 2017. 

2016 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.

Deadline to apply: August 15, 2017 EST

Click here to access the portal and apply for grants.

Early Childhood Education and Literacy Grant Recipients 2016

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.

Grant deadline has passed for the 2016 cycle. Grant opportunity will be available again in Summer 2017.

2016 Recipients

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.

 

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

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

Click here for instruction on using the BGCF Grant Portal and applying for an online grant.

Deadline to Apply:  July 17, 2017 by 5:00 pm EST

2016 Recipients

 

GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR rowan county

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.

 

GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR WOODFORD COUNTY

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

 

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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