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New Mini-Grant Competitions to Benefit NKY Nonprofits

The Butler Foundation, the Charles H. Dater Foundation, the R.C. Durr Foundation, Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky, and the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation have joined forces to create NKY Funders’ Grants, an ongoing program that convenes foundations and funders around mini-grant competitions for nonprofits that serve Northern Kentucky.

The community is invited to attend the inaugural mini-grant competition, which will be held Tuesday, November 20 from 5-7 p.m. at the St. Elizabeth Technology and Education Center in Erlanger. Tickets can be purchased here.

“Horizon Community Funds is grateful for the enthusiastic partners who have come together to bring NKY Funders’ Grants to life. We hope to see nonprofits of many sizes and missions apply for these funds, and we hope you, the community, will join us in the spirit of support and celebration,” said Nancy Grayson, president of Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky.

The fall 2018 foundation partners have chosen the following as focus areas:

  • Arts (the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation)
  • Children & Youth (the Dater Foundation)
  • Economic Opportunity (the Butler Foundation)
  • Education (Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky)
  • Health (the Durr Foundation)

“Nonprofits are doing good and important work throughout Northern Kentucky,” said Barbara Schaefer, Executive Director of the Butler Foundation. “This should be a fun way to spotlight a few that are effecting real, positive change for our community.”

Each partner will offer $10,000 in grants, and will select two finalists in each focus area to pitch their project or program to the audience at the November 20 event. Based on pitches made at the event, partners will select a first-place winner to receive $6,000, and a second-place winner to receive $3,000. Additionally, a popular vote at the event will determine an additional $5,000 award for one of the ten finalists.

“Imagine, within three minutes, they will tell us their mission, vision, measurements, outcomes and need/use of charitable contributions to innovate solutions to social problems in the Northern Kentucky community,” said V. Ruth Klette, Trustee and CEO of the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation. “Now that’s community impact!” 

Finalists will also be able to share further information about their respective organizations at presentation booths positioned throughout the event space, set up for the duration of the event.

“We’re pleased to participate in this program,” said Dater Foundation President Bruce Krone. “It’s a great opportunity for nonprofit organizations to spread the word about the good work they are doing.”

Applications are open and available at www.horizonfunds.org/nky-funders-grants, along with more information about the timeline for the process.

"The NKY Funders' Grants is such a wonderful expression of the way Northern Kentuckians take care of each other,” said Jean H. Mize, Assistant to the President at the Durr Foundation. “The Durr Foundation is a proud participant in the first mini grants competition and with our other fellow foundations, we know that we will be ‘Doing Good Together’ quite well."