Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky

OVERVIEW: This local health legacy funder makes grants to promote access to healthcare, local public health, children’s health, and a smoke-free lifestyle for Kentuckians. It also supports disease prevention for children through funding, training, and technical assistance.

FUNDING AREAS: Access to healthcare, local public health, children’s health, smoke-free lifestyle, disease prevention

IP TAKE: Grant seekers should keep an eye on the open RFPs because this is the only way to apply for these local health grants. Also, take a look at the funder’s research page to get a sense of what it’s most interested in supporting.

PROFILE: The Foundation for a Health Kentucky was established in 2001 and aims to improve the health of Kentucky residents by way of policy changes and community investments. It seeks to “address the unmet health needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity.” This is one of the Southeast’s health legacy foundations created when Anthem and Kentucky Blue Cross Blue Shield merged. Since that time, the funder has contributed over $27 million to health policy research, healthcare training, and grantmaking.

Giving Kentuckians access to effective and affordable healthcare is the top goal for this funder. There has also been a big push for health equity in recent years.

The foundation releases RFPs to which local nonprofits can respond. It does not accept unsolicited funding requests. It only considers funding applications from groups that primarily benefit Kentucky residents. Both nonprofits and government agencies are considered for grants.

Grant seekers can find a list of current program openings on the funder’s Grant Opportunities page. Examples of opportunities in the recent past include conference support of up to $1,500 and rapid response grants of between $1,000 and $10,000. The grant guidelines and application instructions are listed after a description of each available opportunity. Grant seekers should keep in mind, however, that this group does not fund direct patient care, capital campaigns, private or for-profit entities, or endowment funds.

The foundation also supports a nonprofit-driven co-working space called (c)space in Louisville to allow nonprofits to connect with each other and other colleagues, entrepreneurs, and professionals. The foundation is led by a board of directors with 15 members, a community advisory committee with 31 members, and a staff of eight.

Grant seekers can keep up with this funder's interests at its Newsroom. Individual staff member’s email addresses can be found on the funder’s Staff page. The Louisville-based staff can also be reached via phone at (502) 326-2583.


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