What is the process?

NKY Funders’ Grants has a strong focus on storytelling, and how you can make your pitch to funders. Nonprofits are invited to submit an application through our online portal, available here on July 1. After the July 31 deadline has passed, five semifinalists will be chosen for each focus area. Those semifinalists will be asked to select someone to make a pitch on behalf of their organization. The person making the pitch will be required to attend the following two events:

  • Storytelling Workshop: September 10 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Life Learning Center in Covington

  • Semifinalist Pitch Round: September 24 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. at the RiverCenter Media Center
    Each focus area will have an allotted timeframe- semifinalists will not need to be present for the entire time.

What is the timeline?

  • June 25, 9:30-11:30 a.m.: Informational meeting for potential applicants at the Covington branch of the Kenton County Public Library

  • July 1: Applications open online

  • July 31: Deadline for applications

  • Early September: Semifinalists announced

  • September 10, 5:00-8:00 p.m.: Semifinalist training at Life Learning Center in Covington

  • September 24, 5:00-9:00 p.m.: Semifinalist pitches at the RiverCenter Media Center in Covington

  • Early October: Finalists announced

  • October 29, 5:00-7:30 p.m.: Final pitch competition at the St. Elizabeth Training & Education Center in Erlanger

How many focus areas can I select for my application?

You may only select one focus area.

I was a finalist in 2018. Am I able to apply for the 2019 process?

Not this year, but we do welcome you to join us for our 2020 round.

Who can my nonprofit select to attend the workshop and make the pitches for the semifinal and final round?

That is up to you- our only requirement is that they have been participating in some capacity with your organization for at least six months. This person can be staff, a board member, a volunteer, someone who has been served by your organization, or someone else.

Who will be judging/selecting semifinalists, finalists, and winning prizes?

Each foundation will be judging its own applications, semifinalists, finalists, and winning prizes.

What are the criteria by which the application is judged?

That varies by funder and focus area. If you have questions specific to your selected focus area, contact that foundation.

Here is a sample assessment rubric.

If I have been funded, plan to pursue funding, or am currently pursuing funding from the organization aligned with my focus area, does that affect my chances of being selected for NKY Funders’ Grants or future funding?

No. This process is considered a stand-alone opportunity. Your participation neither detracts nor enhances your status for other funding opportunities with these foundations.

What is new this year?

This year we have eight funders coming together to offer more than $110,000 in funds to nonprofits that serve Boone, Campbell, and/or Kenton Counties in Northern Kentucky. We will have seven focus areas this year. Each finalist will still leave with a prize, and we will still have a crowd favorite vote. This year’s prize levels are:

- First place in each focus area: $7,500

- Second place in each focus area: $5,000

- First and second place for the crowd favorite/popular vote: $7,500 and $5,000 respectively