foundations joining forces

Regional funders have joined together to create NKY Funders’ Grants, an ongoing program that convenes foundations and funders around yearly mini-grant competitions for nonprofits that serve Northern Kentucky.



2019 information

This year’s regional foundations are listed below along with their focus areas.


Horizon Community Funds

(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)



how it works


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


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, 5-8 p.m.

Semifinalist training at Life Learning Center in Covington (mandatory for selected semifinalists)

september 24, 5-9 p.m.

Semifinalist pitches at the RiverCenter Media Center in Covington (mandatory for selected semifinalists)

early october

Finalists announced

October 29, 5-7:30 p.m.

Final pitch competition at the St. Elizabeth Training & Education Center in Erlanger



2018 winners



First place, Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center

Second place, Vent Haven Museum

Children and 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



First place, Adopt A Class

Second place, UpSpring


First place, Vivian’s Victory

Second place, Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky

$5,000 popular vote prize

Awarded to Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky