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: Grant seekers might 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. It seeks to “proactively contribute to the communities in which [they] do business by supporting the focus areas of Education, Diversity, Environmental, and Health and Human Services initiatives.” 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.

The foundation’s funding priorities include 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 prioritizes support for 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 supports diversity and 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. Grant seekers can apply for a grant with a contribution request form once per calendar year; however, it does not usually support capital campaigns. This foundation also does not fund medical research, disease campaigns, athletic sponsorships, political and religious groups, and any groups outside of the company’s service territory.

Grant seekers can view guideStar financial data here.

Send general questions to the foundation staff via online form.


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