LG&E and KU Foundation

OVERVIEW: This energy company funder supports education, diversity, environment, and health and human services throughout Kentucky. Public and STEM education are the main focuses for this foundation. 

FUNDING AREAS: Education, diversity, environment, health and human services

IP TAKE: Try pitching a program for STEM education in Kentucky public schools, particularly in the Louisville area.  

PROFILE: The LG&E and KU Foundation was established in 1994 as the charitable arm of the energy companies Louisville Gas and Electric Company, and Kentucky Utilities Company. Both companies are part of the PPL Corporation family of companies that serve around 1.3 million customers.

Based on recent figures, LG&E serves approximately 324,000 natural gas and 407,000 electric customers in Louisville, Kentucky, and 16 surrounding counties. Meanwhile, KU serves 549,000 customers in 77 Kentucky counties and five Virginia counties. Though separate organizations, they share the foundation for grantmaking purposes.

Grant areas for this corporate funder are education, diversity, environment, and health and human services. Education is the largest focus, especially public elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Public and private post-secondary schools also receive support. It likes to support STEM education in Kentucky.

Environmental grants go within the company’s areas of operation. Health and human services grants are only made to United Way, so other local nonprofits working in this field need not apply. This foundation is committed to diversity and seeks to support groups with diverse leadership and service reach.

The LG&E and KU Foundation typically accepts grant applications annually in November. The application process is conducted online, and paper applications are not accepted. You can apply for a grant with a contribution request form once per calendar year, however, capital campaigns are not usually supported. This foundation also steers clear of medical research, disease campaigns, athletic sponsorships, political and religious groups, and any groups outside of the company’s service territory.

GuideStar financial data can be viewed here. In a recent year, the foundation’s assets were nearly $11 million.

General questions should be sent to the foundation staff via online form. Don’t bother sending mail: online is the way to go for both inquiries and grant applications. 

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