Rowan365 Grant

Blue Grass Community Foundation, Inc.

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Anticipated deadline: Mar 9, 2021 1:00pm PST

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Horticulture & Gardening Performing Arts Public / Community Art Greening & Beautification Parks & Public Spaces

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Rowan County, Kentucky

Location of residency: Rowan County, Kentucky

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About this funder:



ROWAN365, an initiative of the Rowan County Community Fund held at Blue Grass Community Foundation, is accepting proposals from tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations and Public Schools in Rowan County for projects/programs focused on development vibrant, engaging, accessible, and equitable public places and/or green spaces. Successful proposals will create programming and/or physical design for Rowan County public spaces that share one or more of the following goals:

  • Increase or improve access to green spaces and public places 
  • Increase opportunities to gather and connect within public places
  • Create public spaces that are inviting and welcoming to all
  • Increase residents’ overall connectedness within Rowan County
  • Create opportunities to increase Rowan County's residents’ health and well-being as a result of access to/use of a public place and/or green space
  • Improve the natural beauty and/or physical condition of the community
  • Create fun, entertaining, and dynamic experiences that all can enjoy

While not an exhaustive list, below are types of potential projects that are aligned with the grant focus:

  • Community Events
  • Revitalization Projects
  • Festivals/Fairs
  • Performances
  • Public Art
  • Placemaking Projects
  • Community Gardens
  • Landscaping Projects
  • Play Spaces
  • Classes

For the purpose of this grant, public spaces are considered to be areas or places that are open and accessible to all, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, physical ability or socio-economic level. The Community Foundation’s definition is intentionally broad. Whether the proposed project is in a public space that is city-owned, privately owned, or semi-privately owned, the grant applicant is responsible for obtaining proper permissions and approvals for any programming and/or physical designs.

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


  • Non-profit organizations, schools, and units of government are eligible to apply.
  • Only one application per organization will be accepted.
  • Proposals from schools must have a school-wide benefit (not just one class or grade).
  • Organization is located in Rowan County
  • Organization is classified as a nonprofit charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code; or publicly supported organizations such as a school district or municipality
  • If the organization has previously received funding by a grant program at Blue Grass Community Foundation, organization must have completed required grant report
  • Organization must be willing and able to present to the ROWAN365 membership at the annual meeting in March 2020


  • Preference will be given to projects that promote diversity and demonstrate a commitment to serving people whose options have been historically limited, including low-income populations and people of color.