William E. Barth Foundation

OVERVIEW: The William E. Barth Foundation supports a wide range of nonprofit causes that promote quality of life in Louisville and Jefferson County, Kentucky.

FUNDING AREAS: Quality of life, children and youth, education, arts and culture, human services

IP TAKE: This is an accessible local funder with a broad vision of what “quality of life” means in the Louisville area. The foundation’s giving centers solely on Louisville and Jefferson County in Kentucky. Applicants must be physically located in these places to be eligible for grants.

PROFILE: Established in 1994, the William E. Barth Foundation is an independent foundation based in Louisville, Kentucky. The foundation honors the legacy of Louise Barth Laffan’s and Dorothy Barth Jockell’s brother, William E. Barth. Both of these sisters taught at Jefferson County, Kentucky, schools and were interested in child welfare during their lifetimes. Dodd & Dodd Attorneys has represented the donors’ family for many years and currently manages the foundation. Grantmaking areas of interest are broad and focus on quality of life in Louisville and Jefferson County, Kentucky. The Barth Foundation does not outline specific topics of funding on its website or in its guidelines. However, it typically prioritizes education and youth issues in the local area. The funder also supports a range of human services and arts and culture organizations.

Foundation grants range between $1,000 and $5,000. Review the funder’s recent tax records to learn more about its local giving. Past grantees include Metropolitan Housing, Society of St. Vincent, Planned Parenthood, Louisville Forum, Kentucky Center for the Arts, and Heuser Healing.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits, and grant applications are due by May 31 each year. Applicants should submit the application form provided on the funder’s website via mail. The review period lasts six to nine months, with notifications of acceptance or denial sent out in the early spring. The contact information to reach the foundation president, Allen P. Dodd, III, is apdodd@doddattorneys.net and 502-584-1108.


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