The Coronavirus Response Fund Grant

Blue Grass Community Foundation, Inc.

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Kentucky: Anderson County, Bourbon County, Boyle County, Fayette County, Franklin County Show all

Location of residency: Counties in Kentucky: Anderson County, Bourbon County, Boyle County, Fayette County, Franklin County Show all

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NOTE: To deploy resources rapidly, we will not be accepting requests for funding or posting a grant application. We will instead work together with community advisors and funders to identify organizations currently providing supports to Central Kentucky residents that are aligned with the priorities of the Response Fund to expand available resources and relief. Priorities in the first phase of funding will include: food, childcare, transportation and healthcare or prescription assistance.

You may contact Barbara Fischer, BGCF Director of Nonprofit Services ([email protected]) or Jonathan Kohn, UWBG Director of Community Impact ([email protected]) to make sure we are aware of your needs and can keep them in mind as the granting process progresses and needs become more clear.

The Coronavirus Response Fund is a coalition of philanthropy, government, and business partners who united to create a Response Fund that will rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of Kentucky's current Coronavirus pandemic. Led by a partnership between United Way of the Bluegrass (UWBG) and Blue Grass Community Foundation (BGCF), the Coronavirus Response Fund will provide flexible resources to organizations in our joint service region working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic consequences of this outbreak.

Charitable grants will fund organizations and programs that have deep roots in Central and Appalachia Kentucky and strong experience working to provide residents with access to food, prescriptions/healthcare and other childcare and basic needs. The fund is designed to complement the work of local public health, nonprofit, and government entities, and to expand local capacity to support individuals and families experiencing hardship because of the outbreak and related closures and disruptions.

The first phase of the rapid-response grants will increase resiliency in disproportionately affected communities by addressing the immediate and basic needs of economically vulnerable populations caused by loss of work or reduced wages, school and business closures, and the increased demand for healthcare information and support among our most vulnerable community members. The Response Fund hopes to move an initial round of regional grants within the next few weeks.

BGCF will administer grants from the Response Fund in partnership with UWBG and in close collaboration with community partners and local governments. Together, we will proactively identify potential grant recipients, solicit guidance on potential partnerships and recommend final awards as quickly as possible. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent funding phases.

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


  • Based upon the charitable structure of the Coronavirus Response Fund, our grants are limited to 501c3 nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities.
  • The Coronavirus Response Fund will prioritize community-based organizations within our defined service areas of Central and Appalachia Kentucky.
    • We are doing this with a recognition that many nonprofits serve workers and residents in our neighboring counties.