Mildred V. Horn Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder supports public charities concerned with historic home renovation, education in Oldham County, and homeless shelters. Most grants stay in Kentucky. Grant applications are accepted throughout the year.

FUNDING AREAS: Historic homes, education, homelessness

IP TAKE: The best opportunities for local groups in Kentucky is in working with local schools. There doesn’t appear to be a full-time staff, but one trustee is particularly active and accessible to grantseekers.

PROFILE: The Mildred V. Horn Foundation, established in 1988, is based in LaGrange, Kentucky. Much of this foundation’s giving has centered on preservation of historic homes built between the mid-1700s and the mid-1800s. These homes are open to the public for tours and are located in Kentucky and nearby states. This is the only grant focus area that considers requests from outside Kentucky.

Education is another interest. Horn primarily gives to elementary, middle, and high schools in Oldham County, Kentucky. The surrounding areas see some Horn grants as well. Homelessness is Horn's other key interest, with support typically going to homeless shelters in Oldham County.

Grant requests are accepted throughout the year with no deadlines, but bear in mind that funds may be depleted by the end of the year. In a recent year, the foundation had nearly $20 million in total assets. Current financial data can be viewed in the 990 forms on GuideStar.

Horn typically provides single-year grants that begin after the current calendar year. Most of the grants are between $1,000 and $10,000, although some exceed that range. The foundation uses the Center for Nonprofit Excellence’s Common Grant Application, which can be accessed online. You can also take a five-question qualification questionnaire to determine eligibility.

As an alternative, you can submit a one-page or two-page letter describing your organization, program need, and financial data. A sample grantee is Family & Children’s Place, which received $4,250 to support child advocacy efforts related to child abuse in Greater Louisville. Areas typically not considered are operating support for community services, direct services or training programs, sporting events, and non-scholastic educational programs.

The best point of contact for grantseekers is Scott Davis, one of the trustees who handles the bulk of foundation affairs. Other trustees have included Walter T. Crutcher and Louisa M. Gaines. Davis can be reached at 502-895-2622 or sdavis@hornfoundation.org.

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