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James Graham Brown Foundation Grants

Grants to Kentucky Nonprofits for Programs
that Benefit Local Residents and Communities

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Foundation / Corporation

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James Graham Brown Foundation

Deadline Date:

06/01/21 - Deadline for Quality of Life Applications


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Grants to Kentucky nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for innovative programs that benefit local residents. Applicants must submit a concept paper for consideration prior to a full application. Eligible focus areas include community and economic prosperity, education and workforce, and quality of life. Programs must serve residents in Louisville or within the state.

Areas of Impact:

Education and Workforce Readiness - It is important to support high quality educational opportunities from pre-school through college. However, it is increasingly critical to ensure that education and training programs also connect students and the workforce to career pathways and meet the workplace needs of employers.

Community and Economic Prosperity - Funding is intended to help Louisville and Kentucky flourish through innovative and collaborative approaches that cultivate strong, sustainable communities, develop a robust economy and improve the perception of Kentucky.

Quality of Life - GrantsĀ help propel the ongoing success and sustainability of civic, cultural, and human services organizations in Louisville. The work carried out by Quality of Life grant recipients contributes to a positive image of our community by highlighting how innovation and collaboration result in responsible progress throughout Louisville.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178913

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations may apply.

Not funded:
- Requests 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
- Individual public or private schools

Pre-Application Information:

Submission deadlines:
Grant area: Education & Workforce
Application deadline: December 1, 2020
Formal review: February

Grant area: Community & Economic Prosperity
Application deadline: March 1, 2021
Formal review: May

Grant area: Quality of Life
Application deadline: June 1, 2021
Formal review: August

The James Graham Brown Foundation collaborates with many different organizations to achieve its objectives in the Areas of Impact. Applications for funding are by invitation only. For ideas or a project for the Foundation to consider, the first step is to submit a short concept summary through the online portal.

Staff will review all submitted concepts and respond by email or a phone call upon initial review.

In most cases, the foundation prioritizes requests that not only demonstrate community need, but also have a broad base of financial support.

Please note that ample time must be allowed, even up to several weeks or months, for communication between grant-seeking organizations and the James Graham Brown Foundation staff to prepare a proposal for consideration. Grant-seeking organizations should be mindful of the deadlines for proposals in final form. Concept summaries should be submitted well in advance of the formal application deadlines listed above.

Education and Workforce:
Community and Economic Prosperity:
Quality of Life:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:
- Higher Education:

- All other areas:

For questions, contact:
(502) 896-2440

James Graham Brown Foundation
471 West Main Street, Suite 401,
Louisville, KY 40202

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