about community impact grants

Grant Process

  • Lift a Life Community Impact grants are partnerships with non-profits in the state of Kentucky only
  • Preference will be shown for a one-time grant commitment over a period of up to 12 months
  • Preference will be shown for innovative programs that propose a real impact on a population in need in Kentucky
  • Preference will be shown for collaborative efforts among organizations

GRANT AMOUNTS

Grants typically range from $5,000 to $50,000 one-time up to a maximum of 18 months.

GEOGRAPHIC AREA SERVED

Grants will be given to qualified public charities  located in the Commonwealth of Kentucky only. We give first preference to Louisville-based organizations.

GRANT CATEGORIES

Grants will be made to qualified public charities. Preference will be given to organizations that make a tangible impact in the target population of the following key focus areas:

  1. Leadership development/Capacity building
  2.  Juvenile diabetes (type 1 diabetes)
  3. Hunger relief
  4. Early childhood education (birth to age 5)
  5. Military family support

GRANT TYPE

Funding will be awarded primarily for programs that directly impact the intended population in bringing fulfillment to the Lift a Life Foundation’s mission. We believe leadership matters. We appreciate strong communication and effectively managed organizations that can demonstrate tangible results.


Application Process

GRANT CYCLE

Please apply for a specific program that fits within our five key focus areas, which are listed above. Our due dates are as follows:

  1. Leadership development/Capacity building - February 5, 2018
  2. Hunger relief - May 7, 2018
  3. Early childhood education (birth to age 5) - August 6, 2018
  4. Juvenile diabetes (type 1 diabetes) - October 1, 2018
  5. Military family support - October 1, 2018

A Partnership Interest Form is the first step required. Lift a Life will review these short-form outlines and request a full proposal following the review of our Community Impact grant committee. You must receive an invitation from Lift a Life to submit a formal grant application – no proposals submitted without a request will be eligible for grants.

If your Partnership Interest Form is accepted for further exploration, Lift a Life will contact you and send the requirements for a full submission.

GRANT APPLICATION PROCEDURES

Please fill out an interest form for primary review. You will receive feedback on your proposal and notification if you gain permission to fill out a formal grant application for presentation to the board.

Please call or e-mail with any questions to 502-893-4543 or megan@liftalifefoundation.org. Site visits will be initiated by the Lift a Life Foundation staff after the invitation for a formal grant application is requested. Applicants will be contacted directly with any questions we might have about the stated project.

ELIGIBILITY

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. 

2018  grant recipients may not apply for a 2019 grant; past grantees and all other nonprofits that qualify may apply.

We do not fund:

  • 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 

CRITERIA

Grant proposals are evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • The Lift a Life Foundation mission and grant categories are addressed in the proposal
  • Identifies the stated need(s) and outcome(s) of the program as it relates to the beneficiary population
  • The project or program has broad and/or strong community impact
  • The proposal reflects a willingness to work with other nonprofits to reach goals
  • The grant funds will be utilized efficiently and effectively, providing evidence of tangible results
  • Strong communication, innovation, and original thinking are encouraged

REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS

We request proposals in the following key focus areas:

  1. Leadership development/Capacity building
  2. Juvenile diabetes (type 1 diabetes)
  3. Hunger relief
  4. Early childhood education (birth to age 5)
  5. Military family support

Please click here for more information on Lift a Life’s key focus areas.

Our due dates are as follows:

  1. Leadership development/Capacity building - February 5, 2018
  2. Hunger relief - May 7, 2018
  3. Early childhood education (birth to age 5) - August 6, 2018
  4. Juvenile diabetes (type 1 diabetes) - October 1, 2018
  5. Military family support - October 1, 2018

Starting January 2, 2018, please apply through our Partnership Interest Form as our first step in our process.

Lift a Life’s Community Impact grant budget is limited for 2018. Please keep in mind the process is highly competitive. 

2018 grant recipients may not apply for a 2019 grant; past grantees and all other nonprofits that qualify may apply.

Please call or e-mail us with any questions:

Megan McDougal
Grants Administrator
502-893-4543
megan@liftalifefoundation.org