OUR AREAS OF IMPACT

community & economic prosperity

We aim 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.

 

We support high-impact work that creates prosperous, livable communities that are attractive to residents and visitors alike. We want our city and state to be a draw for 21st-century jobs and citizens.

 

FEATURED GRANT

COMMUNITY VENTURES:
CHEFSPACE

 

Chef Space is Louisville’s first kitchen incubator that gives fledgling food entrepreneurs a bricks-and-mortar space to help build their businesses. Louisville is known for its vibrant food scene, and Chef Space, with its ability to host dozens of businesses at once, cultivates a community of like-minded entrepreneurs working alongside one another as they prosper in West Louisville.

Chef Space was created under the umbrella of Community Ventures, which takes a holistic approach to community development and revitalization of struggling communities in Kentucky’s cities. Chef Space is part of a larger plan to facilitate small business growth, create jobs, develop safe and affordable housing and provide healthier food alternatives to West Louisville residents.

Fulfilling Needs

Many food entrepreneurs start their businesses in a home kitchen. There is often a need for greater space and more suitable amenities as their businesses grow. This need for a low-cost kitchen space led to Chef Space, which offers state-of-the-art equipment and training opportunities for its members. In an area where there were only 30 restaurants for 62,000 people, in just one year, Chef Space has graduated more than seven new self-sustaining businesses in West Louisville’s Russell neighborhood.

Building the Future

Chef Space’s founders envision change that stretches far beyond the 13,000-square-foot facility. They want to transform West Louisville via partnership with community health food providers, agri-businesses, and micro-entrepreneurs to expand and strengthen existing local initiatives for community-supported agriculture in food deserts. This will bring new farmer's market locations in West Louisville and will give valuable space to nonprofits and governmental initiatives working toward a shared goal of a healthy, thriving West Louisville.

 

“With the help of the James Graham Brown Foundation, Community Ventures and Chef Space have been able to effectively impact the local economy in West Louisville through job creation and small business growth. It is organizations like the James Graham Brown Foundation that bring positive change and economic impact to disadvantaged communities. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to make the dreams of West Louisville residents our mission.”

 

KEVIN SMITH
PRESIDENT & CEO
COMMUNITY VENTURES

 

GRANT IMPACT

Demand for Chef Space has been high since its opening. More than 40 small businesses have used Chef Space as a home base, bringing exciting economic and cultural benefits to Louisville’s Russell neighborhood. Low-income residents have filled more than 40 full-time, permanent jobs at the site, and the West Louisville community has gained another route to access fresh, wholesome food.

As of early 2017, seven businesses have graduated out of Chef Space and into the Greater Louisville community, while others continue to thrive within the space.

OTHER EXAMPLES OF COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC PROSPERITY GRANTS

 

the endeavor initiative

Endeavor Louisville

Endeavor’s visionary efforts to promote economically and socially impactful entrepreneurship around the world have garnered international praise, including from renowned economist Thomas Friedman, who calls Endeavor a facilitator of “the best antipoverty program of all.” Louisville is proud to be the third of four U.S. cities (along with Atlanta, Detroit, and Miami) in which Endeavor hosts its competitive entrepreneurial mentoring program, allowing Louisville’s most inspired businesspeople to flourish.

 

louisville urban league

zones of hope

In this project, the Louisville Urban League is targeting the needs of black males in Louisville’s California, Russell, Parkland, Newburg, and Shawnee neighborhoods in an attempt to eradicate a culture of violence in these areas by focusing on community health, academic achievement, career readiness, and restorative justice. Thoughtful collaboration with government initiatives, schools, and nonprofits have transformed this venture into something truly comprehensive and community-wide.

 

foundation for
appalachian kentucky

capacity building initiative

Since its founding over a decade ago, the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky has proven itself to be adept at building community capacity and economic development across eastern Kentucky. The James Graham Brown Foundation’s partnership with the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky, which signifies an increased focus on the wellbeing of Appalachia, invests in their tried and true model of development by facilitating an increase in staff and funders.

FOR GRANTSEEKERS

Does your organization have an idea that aligns with our mission to bring about transformational change in Louisville and throughout Kentucky? We would love to hear more about it. 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.

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FOR GRANTSEEKERS

Does your organization have an idea that aligns with our mission to bring about transformational change in Louisville and throughout Kentucky? We would love to hear more about it. 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.

TELL US YOUR STORY