Competitive Grants

Horizon Community Funds is able to use our Community Impact Fund to award competitive grants to the nonprofits that serve the counties of Boone, Campbell, or Kenton in Northern Kentucky. We look forward to supporting nonprofits that effectively accelerate progress in Northern Kentucky through innovative programming, while utilizing other funds and collaborations to leverage resources. Learn more about our first round of grants below!

Access the online application portal at Please note, we will prioritize funding for projects that accelerate progress, exhibit innovation, and/or show an ability and commitment to leveraging resources.

If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Grayson, President, at or at 859.757.1552.

The Community Impact Fund at Horizon Community Funds is the organization’s most flexible source of grantmaking dollars and supports long-term solutions, rapid response to emergencies, and the ability to navigate changing community needs. More information about the fund can be found at

2019 Grant Cycle process


* Letter of intent due: February 1, no later than 11:59 p.m.

* Invitation for full application: March 1

* Full application due: April 30, no later than 11:59 p.m.

* Funding decisions announced: Late June

Letter of Intent (LOI)

Please describe your funding proposal, including: purpose, amount of funding requested, and desired impact.

Letters of intent are due Friday, February 1, no later than 11:59 p.m. Letters submitted after this deadline will not be considered for advancement.

Full application

1) Letter format, including:

a. Clear description of purpose for program/initiative

b. Amount requested with itemized budget for program/initiative

c. Detailed impact of program/initiative (including populations and numbers served)

d. Description of measurable outcomes

e. Collaboration with other organizations

f. Differentiation from other community programs

g. Sustainability after requested funding ends

2) Current agency financials, most recent Form 990, and copy of IRS designation letter

3) Current board member list and foundation board list (if applicable)

4) Two supporting documents (optional)


* Grants are awarded only to organizations that have current Section 501(c)(3) status as determined by the Internal Revenue Service.

* Applicants must be located in or serving one of the three counties of Boone, Campbell, or Kenton.

Horizon Community Funds will not consider competitive funding for:

* Individuals

* Political organizations or candidates

* Non-charitable organizations or initiatives

* Attendance at or sponsorship of fundraising events for organizations

* Annual events or festivals

* Projects and activities that have occurred. Horizon Community Funds will not, except in extraordinary cases, provide payment or reimbursement for expenses incurred prior to the funding decision being communicated to the applicant.

* Any group that discriminates on the basis of age, color, race, national origin, gender identity, marital status, sensory, mental or physical ability, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.

Frequency of application:

* Organizations that have received grants are advised to wait a year before submitting another request.

* Ordinarily, an organization receiving multi-year support may not apply for another grant until the final payment on the multi-year grant is made.