Fund for Louisville Grants Program

Community Foundation of Louisville

Grant amount: Up to US $20,000

Next anticipated deadline: Jul 30, 2019 2:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Sep 21, 2019 2:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Jefferson County, Kentucky

Location of residency: United States

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Fund for Louisville

Created by visionary philanthropists who wanted to support their community today and beyond their own lifetimes, the Fund for Louisville allows the Community Foundation to respond to emerging needs and opportunities in the Louisville area. Because the Fund for Louisville is endowed, the earnings from the fund will support our community forever.

Commitment to Capacity Building

Since 2014, the Foundation has granted $1.2 million from the Fund for Louisville to support nonprofit capacity building for 70 Louisville nonprofits. We believe that strong nonprofit organizations lead to more effective programs and greater community impact. By investing in these organizations for things like technology upgrades, strategy development, professional development and evaluation and feasibility studies, we have helped strengthen the leaders, systems, and plans that enable nonprofits to pursue and achieve their missions.

A New Strategic Focus

We remain committed to capacity building, and as an innovator in philanthropy we continually evaluate Louisville’s greatest challenges and opportunities, using data, research, and on-the-ground knowledge and experience to inform our grant making approaches. 

As a founding partner and continuing supporter of the Greater Louisville Project, we were drawn to its latest report on poverty. The report highlights how multi-dimensional poverty (e.g. scarcity in education, health, income and employment) disproportionately affect Louisville’s western and south central neighborhoods and demonstrates clearly how scarcity in parts of our community affects us all.

Support For Those Who Need It Most

Starting with our 2018 grants, the Community Foundation will use the Fund for Louisville to make grants that respond to the findings in the Greater Louisville Project’s report “A Focus on Poverty.” We will apply a strategic focus to the capacity building grants by investing in the nonprofit organizations which are strengthening the people and places in Louisville’s 11 most distressed ZIP codes, highlighted in red and orange on the map to the left. 

The Community Foundation is committed to this focus for at least three years, with the hope that these grants build the infrastructure these organizations need to transform lives in the most distressed parts of our community.

Capacity building projects can include, but are not limited to, activities such as:

  • Needs assessments
  • Board and staff professional development/training
  • Improvement to financial, internal communication or data management systems
  • Technology upgrades
  • Planning required for merger or collaboration

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Organizations that:
    • Are nonprofit, 501(c)(3) public charities in good standing, or charitable projects that are fiscally sponsored by a tax-exempt organization. 
    • Can demonstrate how their work transforms lives for residents in one or more of the 11 target ZIP codes that are concentrated in the western and south central parts of our community (specifically: 40202, 40203, 40208, 40210, 40211, 40212, 40213, 40214, 40215, 40219, 40118). 
    • Work to address one or more of the following: education, health, income, employment, or community development. 
    • Can describe a capacity building investment that will strengthen the organization’s efficiency, effectiveness, or sustainability.
    • Prior recipients of Fund for Louisville capacity building grants may apply. 


  • Please note:
    • Organizations that received a 2017 Fund for Louisville capacity building grant are not eligible for a 2018 grant. 

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