Kentucky Grant Resources

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KENTUCKY FUNDING SOURCES
KENTUCKY RESOURCES & TOOLS

Every organization in the country faces challenges of all kinds. Fortunately, if you’re a nonprofit in Kentucky, help is close at hand! You can always call on the expertise, cumulative voice and resources of The Kentucky Nonprofit Network, which provides support for staff, leadership and Board members for organizations around the state, while the Center for Nonprofit Excellence provides similar support for organizations based primarily in the greater Louisville area.

Another major support for the nonprofit sector, along with significant funding, is a group of Community Foundations located around the commonwealth. Their main function is to raise donations and help donors contribute funds to nonprofit organizations, hospitals, schools, students, artists, etc. The largest is the Community Foundation of Louisville, guiding over 1,600 individual charitable funds with interests around the state, the country and the world. They distributed approximately $58 million to nonprofits in Kentucky and Southern Indiana in 2017.

Private foundations are also an impressive philanthropic presence in Kentucky, with the James Graham Brown Foundation, based in Louisville, leading the group. Corporate foundations are also a generous source of funding, lead by Humana, also in Louisville, with more than $9M contributed throughout the state in 2017.

Whether you’re located in Ashland, Somerset, Paducah or any Kentucky community, grant resources are available. The following should help you with your search. Good luck and please let us know about other items we can add to this list. Thanks!

 

Government offices:

Federal and state funding is available, with the details frequently available on the websites of Kentucky’s following elected representatives:

US Senator for KY Mitch McConnell

US Senator for KY Rand Paul

Office of Governor Matt Bevin

Kentucky Department of Education
     Kentucky State Grants for School Districts
     Federal Grants for Kentucky School Districts

Kentucky Education & Workforce Development Cabinet

Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services

Want to learn more about government nonprofit funding but can’t visit Frankfort, the state capital? Use the Find Your Representative search tool to locate your other state and local elected officials, then visit their websites for information about state government grants.

 

Other Helpful Organizations:

Kentucky Volunteer Services

Kentucky Arts Council

Association of Fundraising Professionals, Bluegrass Chapter

Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Louisville

Kentucky Society of Association Executives is the professional organization for the paid Executive Staff of not-for-profit organizations and the Associates that supply them with goods and services.

Kentucky Society for CPAs Course Catalog - search their catalog for several "Not For Profit" courses

Small Business & Nonprofit Law Clinic - NKU

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