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.
We know that the best plans only get better by working with a wide range of people and accessing an expanse of ideas.
By thinking outside the box, we eliminate the box altogether. We believe that creativity generates limitless potential.
We look to bolster the ideas that last, and create enduring change.
Points outside the state of Kentucky or the Louisville metropolitan area
Requests from religious organizations for religious purposes (including theological seminaries)
Individual public schools
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (502) 896-2440.
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
|March 1, 2018||May 15, 2018|
|Quality of Life
|June 1, 2018||August 21, 2018|