Hayswood Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder supports five northeastern Kentucky counties and two southeastern Ohio counties. Funding priorities include physical and mental health and education.

FUNDING AREAS: Physical health, mental health, education

IP TAKE: Although this is a health legacy funder, grant seekers should not write Hayswood off if they work in the fields of education or art in Kentucky.

PROFILE: The Hayswood Foundation was originally called the Hayswood Hospital Foundation and was established in 1973. After the hospital closed, the name was changed to the Hayswood Foundation in 1985. It seeks to “help groups and individuals obtain the tools needed to improve the lives of all of the citizens of our community.” The original intent of the foundation was to allow people to make donations to help pay for equipment and services, and it later became the fundraising vehicle for the hospital. The first grants to outside groups supported health and recreation charities in Mason County and the contiguous counties in Kentucky and Ohio. Between 1985 and 2014, the foundation made about $7.75 million in grants.

Today, the foundation’s grant program supports the northeastern Kentucky counties of Bracken, Fleming, Lewis, Mason, and Robertson and the southeastern Ohio counties of Adams and Brown. The funding topics of interest include physical and mental health and education. It may consider requests from outside groups if proof is provided that all funds received will benefit citizens of this service area.

Each year, grant application forms are made available in June. Then the applications are due on or around August 1 of each year. The foundation's grants committee meets in September to review applications and make recommendations to the board of directors. The board considers recommendations in October. Major capital grants fund construction or improvement projects, but not for more than one-third of the total project cost and not for more than five years.

Grants are typically given for one-year terms and can be subject to matching provisions. Matching grants can be for a single year or for multiple years if the money supports a major capital purchase. Past grant support has gone to the Augusta Art Guild in Augusta, the Bracken County Historical Society in Brooksville, and the Buffalo Trace Children’s Advocacy Center in Maysville, among others. 

In addition to grants, the foundation awards scholarships to area students. Hayswood actually administers a handful of distinct scholarship programs, each with its own requirements and regions served. The foundation welcomes donations to perpetuate its grantmaking and scholarship programs. The John W. McNeill, III Music Series Fund is also managed by the foundation. McNeill was an attorney, judge, civic leader, and musician, as well as a member of the Hayswood Foundation board at the time of his death. Accordingly, the foundation established a memorial program to honor his service and music in the community. Upcoming music events are published on the funder’s website.

General questions can be directed to the staff at 606-562-9333 or hfound@att.net. The foundation’s address is 1 W. McDonald Parkway, Suite 3A, Maysville, Kentucky 41056. The foundation’s executive director and best point of contact for grantseekers is Lloyd Schiltz. There is usually someone in the office on Mondays and Tuesdays, but the staff does not keep regular office hours, so call ahead for an appointment.


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