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Grants to Kentucky Nonprofits for Programs that Address Food Insecurity and Promote Early Childhood Education

Lift a Life Community Impact Grants


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Funding Source
Lift a Life Novak Family Foundation
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Geographic Focus
USA: Kentucky

Important Dates
LOI Date: 06/01/21
Deadline: 09/01/21 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $50,000 to Kentucky nonprofit organizations to support general operations in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Applicants must contact program staff prior to starting the application process. Funding is intended to assist nonprofits with programs related to the focus areas of early childhood education and food insecurity. Grants will assist qualified charities statewide; however, priority is given to organizations based in Louisville. Preference will be given to collaborative efforts among multiple organizations.

Due to the tremendous impact of the COVID 19 pandemic, 2021 funding will be unrestricted and focused only on general support, giving full discretion to the board and leadership of the organization to determine where the funds are most needed to advance the organization's mission. The Foundation seeks partnerships with organizations that directly impact the following focus areas and meet the following criteria.

Food insecurity: Every person living in Kentucky deserves easy access to quality, nutritious food. Food insecurity is not having enough food to live a healthy, active life. Food insecure households must choose between paying bills, eating less, or buying low-quality foods, which leads to health problems. Access to food is a basic need that must be eradicated before anyone can achieve their full potential. The Lift a Life Novak Family Foundation is seeking applications from organizations that are specifically working in the following ways to end food insecurity in the Louisville area and the state of Kentucky:

  • Organizations that can clearly demonstrate how they are directly feeding the 1 in 7 food-insecure Kentuckians by increasing access to high-quality, healthy food.
  • Organizations that provide additional support to a food-insecure population. The services must address the underlying root causes of food insecurity.
  • Organizations that meaningfully engage in addressing the systemic issue of food insecurity in the community in innovative ways.
  • Organizations that regularly collaborate with community partners in tangible ways, especially with Dare to Care Food Bank, Feeding Kentucky, and Association of Community Ministries.

Early Childhood Education: The Foundation believes that the love of learning develops early in life and builds the foundation for educational success in the future. This is why investments in early childhood programs have the greatest returns. We are focused on equipping families and early childhood educators with the tools needed to help all children reach their full educational potential. Grants support:

  • Organizations that can clearly demonstrate how they serve families that do not have access to an educational setting like private childcare, Early Headstart/ Headstart programs, or preschool in our community. 
  • Organizations that serve pregnant mothers and families with children ages birth to a child’s fifth year of life. Organizations that provide access to resources to maintain the healthy development of children in this age group.
  • Organizations that demonstrate building relationships with both the caregiver and child as a part of programming. The families and caregivers are equipped with knowledge and understanding of the development and involve themselves in helping their child thrive.
  • Organizations that are actively involved in the Ready 4 K Alliance.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Lift a Life Community Impact grants are partnerships with nonprofits in Kentucky. The Foundation gives preference first to Louisville-based organizations.

Grants will be made only to tax-exempt public charities as defined in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) and are “not a private foundation” under Section 509(a) of the IRC.

Not funded:
- Direct donations or grants to individuals
- Political campaigns and lobbying efforts
- Travel
- Unsolicited proposals from non - U.S. tax-exempt organizations that are located outside the United States of America.

Pre-Application Information
2021 Timeline:
- June 1: Pre-Grant Questionnaire Interview Opens
- July 1: Pre-Grant Questionnaire Interview Closes (no interviews will occur following July 1, 2021)
- August 1: Status Announced and Formal On-Line Application Opens
- September 1: Formal On-Line Applications Due
- October 1: Formal Grant Awards Announced

Before submitting a pre-grant questionnaire (the first step of the process) the Foundation requests that organizations first contact the Grants Administrator, Megan McDougal to discuss the particulars of your organization and the ways in which it fits the Foundation guidelines and key focus areas of food insecurity and early childhood education. Contacting Megan is a requirement for funding in 2021.

A pre-grant questionnaire interview is the next step required in the grant process. Applicants will introduce their organization with a scheduled, short phone interview with Grants Administrator Megan McDougal. The Foundation will review the short-form interviews and request a formal grant application following the review of our community impact grant committee. You must receive an invitation from the Foundation to submit a formal grant application – no proposals submitted without an invite will be eligible for a grant.

Scheduling for pre-grant questionnaire interviews (a 30-minute video or phone call of your choice) will begin on June 1 and close on July 1 for consideration.

Estimated Size of Grant
Grants typically range from $5,000 to $50,000.

Contact Information
Apply Online (from August 1):

Megan McDougal, Grants Administrator
502-822-5231 ext.101

Lift a Life Foundation
4350 Brownsboro Road, Suite 110
Louisville, KY 40207

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