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More information about NKY Funders’ Grants and the 2019 competition process:

NKY Funders’ Grants is an ongoing program that convenes foundations and funders around mini-grant competitions for nonprofits that serve Northern Kentucky. The program is back with more funding and additional partners for its second year to bring over $110,000 in total funds.

The 2019 program brings together several regional foundations, listed below with their 2019 focus areas. More information and criteria for each focus area can be found here. Please also see our FAQ page for additional important information.

  • Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky (Health and Wellness, Cluster A)

  • The Butler Foundation (Reducing Barriers to Employment)

  • The Charles H. Dater Foundation (K-12 Programming)

  • The R.C. Durr Foundation (Health and Wellness, Cluster B)

  • Greater Cincinnati Foundation (Addiction Services)

  • Scripps Howard Foundation (Popular Vote)

  • The Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation (Arts, Culture, and Humanities)

  • United Way of Greater Cincinnati (Early Childhood)

NKY Funders’ Grants has a strong focus on storytelling, and how you can make your pitch to funders. Nonprofits have been invited to submit an application through our online portal, available here 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 for this pitch round- semifinalists will not need to be present for the entire time.

Important dates for the 2019 NKY Funders’ Grants:

  • 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 (mandatory for selected semifinalists)

  • September 24, 5:00-9:00 p.m.: Semifinalist pitches at the RiverCenter Media Center in Covington (mandatory for selected semifinalists)

  • Early October: Finalists announced

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

    If you have any questions, please contact Tess Brown at tbrown@horizonfunds.org or 859.292.2849.

More about the 2019 NKY Funders’ Grants partners:

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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.

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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.


The region’s community foundation since 1963, Greater Cincinnati Foundation connects people with purpose in an eight-county region in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. GCF is leading the charge toward a more vibrant Greater Cincinnati for everyone – now, and for generations to come.

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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.

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The Scripps Howard Foundation supports philanthropic causes important to The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) and the communities it serves, with a special emphasis on excellence in journalism. At the crossroads of the classroom and the newsroom, the Foundation is a leader in supporting journalism education, scholarships, internships, minority recruitment and development, literacy and First Amendment causes. The Scripps Howard Awards stand as one of the industry’s top honors for outstanding journalism. The Foundation improves lives and helps build thriving communities. It partners with Scripps brands to create awareness of local issues and supports impactful organizations to drive solutions.

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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.


Success By 6® is a regional movement that ensures every child can succeed in school and life by providing knowledge, resources and connections for decision makers and influencers in a child’s early life. We envision a community where all children are prepared for kindergarten and their parents/caregivers embrace their role in the success of their child and family. 

Congratulations to our 2018 NKY Funders’ Grants Winners!

First and second place winners in each category:

• Arts: first place, Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center; second place, Vent Haven Museum

• Children & Youth: first place, Salvation Army in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky; second place, Children’s Law Center

• Economic Opportunity: first place, Housing Opportunities of Northern Kentucky; second place, Life Learning Center/Legal Aid of the Bluegrass collaboration

• Education: first place, Adopt A Class; second place, UpSpring

• Health: first place, Vivian’s Victory; second place, Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky

The $5,000 popular vote prize was awarded to Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky.