Our grants touch the lives of thousands of people each year

grants1Established in 1960 as North Central Education Foundation and transitioned to Central Kentucky Community Foundation in 2011, we have awarded over $5 million in grants and scholarships. We have helped create real change most notably in education and now expand our influence to other areas of community development.

Grants Center

CKCF looks for innovative programs in the areas of human services, arts and culture, education, health, environment and community development. Successful applications typically address issues and concerns to be solved or opportunities to be seized in this region of Kentucky.

We invite proposals that:

  • Suggest practical approaches to community challenges
  • Generate community support – both professional and volunteer
  • Promote cooperation among agencies without duplicating services
  • Demonstrate the organization’s ability to secure realistic funding
  • Strengthen an agency’s effectiveness or stability
  • Take holistic approaches to strengthening the infrastructure
  • Use collaborative endeavors that result in stronger programs

Community building is central to the work of Central Kentucky Community Foundation; therefore the CKCF will give preference to projects that:

  • Increase civic participation and community vitality
  • Build community connections, especially among diverse groups, and build mutual trust and reciprocity in community relationships
  • Encourage discourse about critical issues
  • Develop an expanding pool of talented community leaders

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