C.E. and S. Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder supports the Louisville, Kentucky, community in the areas of education and urban environment. They request a phone call to the program director to discuss your idea before submitting an application.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, urban environment, global competency

IP TAKE:  Early childhood education has been a big topic for this funder lately, especially for public schools.

PROFILE: The C.E. and S. Foundation was established in 1984 as a private and non-operating family foundation. It is based in Louisville, Kentucky, and has had around $76 million in assets. Almost all of this funder’s grants stay in the foundation’s home city of Louisville.

The foundation’s three topics of interest are education, fostering an urban environment that improves living conditions for people, and global competency. It is also interested in improving organizational effectiveness with nonprofits. For education, the foundation seeks to work with public and private organizations within the “cradle to career ecosystem.” This can include building civic infrastructure, preparing children for school, teacher and principal training, and helping at-risk students get to college.

Lately, C.E. and S. has been interested in kindergarten readiness programs in public schools. It has also supported local colleges and universities with which it has established partnerships. Non-traditional learning centers have been considered for education grants, as well as public schools. Featured grantees and grant funding areas may be highlighted on the foundation’s website.

"Urban environment" is a broad funding category that aims to improve the living conditions and enhance the lives of people in the community. The one non-local program here supports citizens of other countries in the areas of education and training. But closer to home, the foundation is also interested in exposing Americans to diverse cultures.

In a 10-year period, the foundation awarded at least $63 million in grants. Recent financial data can be viewed on the funder’s Guidestar page. The most recently available annual report can be viewed from the funder’s Who We Are page.

The first step in applying for a C.E. and S. grant is to call the foundation’s program director to discuss the project. Tony Peyton is the current program director. From there, nonprofits are invited to submit an application that contains basic contact information, the specific request details, and financial data. Grant requests are reviewed quarterly, so there are no specific deadlines to apply for a grant.

Today, the foundation is managed by a director, an investment committee, and a grants committee. The staff consists of an executive director, program director, program associate, a grants and accounting manager, a senior fellow, and a special assistant. General questions can be submitted via online form or by phone to 502-583-0546. Mail can be sent to 101 S. Fifth Street Suite 1650 Louisville, Kentucky 40202.


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