Local Foundations Team Up to Offer New Grants

NKY Funders’ Grants to award $50,000 at inaugural competition


Erlanger, KY – The Butler Foundation, the Charles H. Dater Foundation, the R.C. Durr Foundation, Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky, and the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation have joined forces to create NKY Funders’ Grants, an ongoing program that convenes foundations and funders around mini-grant competitions for nonprofits that serve Northern Kentucky.


The community is invited to attend the inaugural mini-grant competition, which will be held Tuesday, November 20 from 5-7 p.m. at the St. Elizabeth Technology and Education Center in Erlanger. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.horizonfunds.org/nky-funders-grants.


“Horizon Community Funds is grateful for the enthusiastic partners who have come together to bring NKY Funders’ Grants to life. We hope to see nonprofits of many sizes and missions apply for these funds, and we hope you, the community, will join us in the spirit of support and celebration,” shares Nancy Grayson, President of Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky.


The fall 2018 foundation partners have chosen the following as focus areas:

-       Arts (The Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation)

-       Children & Youth (The Dater Foundation)

-       Economic Opportunity (The Butler Foundation)

-       Education (Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky)

-       Health (The Durr Foundation)


“Nonprofits are doing good and important work throughout Northern Kentucky,” reflects Barbara Schaefer, Executive Director of the Butler Foundation. “This should be a fun way to spotlight a few that are effecting real, positive change for our community.”


Each partner will offer $10,000 in grants, and will select two finalists in each focus area to pitch their project or program to the audience at the November 20 event. Based on pitches made at the event, partners will select a first-place winner to receive $6,000, and a second-place winner to receive $3,000. Additionally, a popular vote at the event will determine an additional $5,000 award for one of the ten finalists.


“Imagine, within three minutes, they will tell us their mission, vision, measurements, outcomes and need/use of charitable contributions to innovate solutions to social problems in the Northern Kentucky community,” notes V. Ruth Klette, Trustee and CEO of the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation. “Now that’s community impact!” 


Finalists will also be able to share further information about their respective organizations at presentation booths positioned throughout the event space, set up for the duration of the event.


“We’re pleased to participate in this program,” says Dater Foundation President Bruce Krone. “It’s a great opportunity for nonprofit organizations to spread the word about the good work they are doing.”


Applications are open and available at https://www.horizonfunds.org/nky-funders-grants, as well as more information about the timeline for the process.


"The NKY Funders' Grants is such a wonderful expression of the way Northern Kentuckians take care of each other,” adds Jean H. Mize, Assistant to the President at the Durr Foundation. “The Durr Foundation is a proud participant in the first mini grants competition and with our other fellow foundations, we know that we will be ‘Doing Good Together’ quite well."


More information about the 2018 partners can be found below.



The Butler Foundation helps Northern Kentuckians in need, as directly as possible. Established by Corporex CEO Bill Butler and his wife, Sue, it is a private foundation that supports direct service charities, provides “Helping Hands” hardship grants, and awards “Butler Scholar” funds to select high schools and colleges in Northern Kentucky.

The Charles H. Dater Foundation makes grants to non-profit organizations in the Greater Cincinnati area to carry out programs and projects that benefit young people and focus in the areas of arts/culture, education, healthcare, social services and other community needs. Since its founding in 1985, the Foundation has made over 2,900 grants totaling more than $45 million.

R.C. Durr (1919-2007) was a successful entrepreneur, a life-long resident of Northern Kentucky, and a generous, though quiet philanthropist who had an abiding compassion for the less fortunate. In keeping with his legacy of commitment and caring, the R.C. Durr Foundation is dedicated to celebrating the life and legacy of its benefactor by providing philanthropic support to improve the quality of life of the larger Northern Kentucky region and its people, with a particular emphasis on education, social services and community development.

Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky is a qualified public charitable 501(c)(3) organization established as a community foundation in 2017 by Northern Kentucky leaders. Its mission is to unite resources to raise the quality of life for all people in the Northern Kentucky community. Learn more at www.horizonfunds.org.

The Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation is an independent Private Foundation established by Elsa Sule in 2004. The Foundation advances the philanthropic aspirations of Elsa by investing funds to “provide opportunities in education, community and the arts” to 501c3 organizations which provide programs in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The Sule Foundation board and staff practice engaged philanthropy. Please find more information at www.ElsaSuleFoundation.org.