about community impact grants

Grant Process

  • The Novak Family Foundation Community Impact Grants are partnerships with non-profits with a 501(c)3 tax status in the state of Kentucky only, with first preference to Louisville-based organizations

  • Preference will be shown for a one-time grant commitment with 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, with first preference to Louisville-based organizations

  • Preference will also be shown for collaborative efforts among organizations

  • Before a Partnership Interest Form (the first steop of our process) is submitted, the Foundation requests that organizations first contact the Grants Administrator Megan McDougal at 502-893-4543 or megan@liftalifefoundation.org to discuss the particulars of the project and the ways in which it fits the Foundation guidelines and key focus areas.


Grants typically range from $5,000 to $50,000 one-time up to a maximum of 12 months.


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


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. Hunger relief

  3. Early childhood education (birth to age 5)

  4. Juvenile diabetes (type 1 diabetes)

  5. Military family support


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


Our due dates for the Partnership Interest Form/LOI (the first step in our process) are as follows:

  1. Leadership development/Capacity building - February 4, 2019

  2. Hunger relief - May 6, 2019

  3. Early childhood education (birth to age 5) - October 7, 2019

A Partnership Interest Form/LOI is the first step required. Lift a Life will review these short-form outlines and request a formal grant application 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/LOI is accepted for further exploration, the Novak Family Foundation will contact you and send the requirements for a full submission application.


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 Novak Family 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.


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. 

2019  grant recipients may not apply for a 2020 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


Grant proposals are evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • The Novak Family 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


We request a formal grant application in the following key focus areas due 2 weeks after invitation:

  1. Leadership development/Capacity building

  2. Hunger relief

  3. Early childhood education (birth to age 5)

Please click here for more information on the Novak Family’s key focus areas.


The Novak Family Foundation will be accepting Partnership Interest Forms/LOI’s beginnning January 7, 2019.

The Novak Family Community Impact Grant budget is limited for 2019. Please keep in mind the process is highly competitive. 

2019 grant recipients may not apply for a 2020 grant; past grantees and all other nonprofits that qualify may apply.

Please call or e-mail us with any questions:

Megan McDougal
Grants Administrator