TELL US YOUR STORY

Do you have an idea that aligns with our mission to bring about transformational change in Louisville and throughout Kentucky? We’d love to hear more about it.

Read through our areas of impact and the components of our grantmaking, then begin a dialogue with us and learn more about the Foundation’s process of empowering citizens to improve the quality of life and well-being of all Kentuckians.

WOULD WE MAKE GREAT PARTNERS?

Our grantmaking isn’t just a transaction; it’s a partnership.

We’re looking to team up with innovative and inspired thought leaders with achievable ideas and enable them to put these ideas into action. The partnerships we cultivate bring about change for Louisville and Kentucky, because we use four qualities to drive our grants: collaboration, innovation, sustainable solutions and a resilient nonprofit sector.

Collaboration

We know that the best plans only get better by working with a wide range of people and accessing an expanse of ideas.

Innovation

By thinking outside the box, we eliminate the box altogether. We believe that creativity generates limitless potential.

sustainable solutions

We look to bolster the ideas that last, and create enduring change.

resilient nonprofit sector

When we partner with passionate nonprofits, we all improve and everybody within the sector is elevated, which advances our community and the state at large.

WHAT WE DON’T FUND

  • Points outside the state of Kentucky or the Louisville metropolitan area

  • Performing arts

  • Requests from religious organizations for religious purposes (including theological seminaries)

  • Individuals

  • Political entities

  • Fundraising events

  • Sponsorships

  • Individual public schools

LET’S GET STARTED

The James Graham Brown Foundation funds projects aligned with our Areas of Impact. Please review each area before submitting your request: Education & Workforce Readiness, Community & Economic Prosperity and Quality of Life.

To find information about current and previous grants, visit our Grant Database.

Applications for funding are by invitation; the first step for consideration is to submit a short concept summary through our online portal. This summary should include basic background information about the organization and describe the purpose and objectives, general methodology and total cost of the project. Foundation staff will review all submitted concepts and respond via email upon initial review.

If the project aligns well with the James Graham Brown Foundation’s interests, foundation staff will work with grantseekers to develop a formal application, adherent to deadlines below.

If you have further questions or need technical assistance, please contact grants@jgbf.org or call (502) 896-2440.

 

2018 FORMAL APPLICATION
SUBMISSION SCHEDULE

The deadlines below indicate the final dates for submission of a completed formal application. To begin the application process, organizations must submit a concept summary, linked above, after which the foundation may invite the grantseeking organization to submit a formal application.

Please note that several months typically pass between the submission of a concept paper and the completion of a successful application, allowing for ample communication between grantseeking organizations and the James Graham Brown Foundation staff. With this in mind, grant-seeking organizations should submit concept papers well in advance of the formal application deadlines listed below.

IMPACT AREA SUBMISSION DEADLINE FORMAL REVIEW
Education & Workforce Readiness
Cradle to Career
Higher Ed Competitive Grants
December 1, 2017 February 20, 2018
Quality of Life
Community/Culture and Civic
Economic Prosperity
March 1, 2018 May 15, 2018
Quality of Life
Human Services
June 1, 2018 August 21, 2018