Key Focus Areas

Quality of Life

Core Organization Support (Human Services, Civic & Cultural)

Strengthen nonprofit organizations addressing key community needs.

  • Priority is given to organizations and agency projects aligning with the Foundation’s mission and vision, articulate a need for action, have multiple sources of support and a clear plan for sustainability.

  • Campaigns outside the Louisville metropolitan area must show evidence of significant local community support before being considered by the foundation for funding.

Economic Development

Support efforts to improve and sustain quality neighborhoods and a thriving downtown, increase national and global competitiveness and support projects that differentiate the region through progress and innovation.

    • Priority is given to projects large in scope that address an economic development priority for the City of Louisville and/or neighborhood revitalization, are collaborative and offer innovative long term solutions for the community.

    • Smaller requests for planning, pre-development and feasibility studies will be considered.

    • Primary geographical focus is the Metro Louisville area.


Cradle to Career Pipeline

Support systemic education and workforce development initiatives from birth through adults to raise educational attainment and skill levels in Kentucky and Louisville.

  • Priority is given to proposals addressing broad system improvements to the education pipeline creating measurable impact, have a collaborative or collective impact approach and broad support from multiple sectors in the community.

  • Areas of interest to the foundation include school readiness, postsecondary readiness and success in 21st century workforce.

  • Primary focus is Louisville region or statewide initiatives.

Higher Education Initiatives – Brown Fellows Program & Competitive Higher Education

Cultivate and establish nationally preeminent higher education in Kentucky and Louisville through the Brown Fellows Program and Higher Education Grants Initiatives.

  • The Foundation makes grants with the goal of strengthening and enriching educational opportunities and outcomes provided by public and independent postsecondary institutions in Kentucky. Criteria and how to apply can be found here.

  • The Brown Fellows Program is a single initiative spanning two distinguished Kentucky campuses – Centre college and the University of Louisville. The program features international travel, an enrichment program customized by the student and cultivation of research, study and leadership.