Organizations applying for a grant from the Fayette County Foundation must serve the Fayette County community and its residents by:
- Having a physical location within the county
- Intentionally providing services and support to Fayette County residents as part of its mission or defined service area (a state-wide or exceptionally large regional focus is likely not eligible).
The Foundation DOES accept grant applications from:
- 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit entities
- Units of governmental
- Religious and faith-based projects for non-sectarian, community projects
The Foundation does NOT accept grant applications from:
- For-profit businesses
- Nonprofit entities which are not classified as 501(c)(3) charitable organizations
- Eligible organization who have not closed a previously received grant by successfully completing a grant report with the Foundation.
Grants made from community grantmaking funds held by the Foundation may be given toward projects and programs supporting charitable efforts in the community. These grants should generally fall within the established focus areas previously listed:
- Community Betterment
- Health & Human Services
The Foundation will not consider grants for the following purposes:
- Operating deficits or operating support (Salaries, utilities, rent/mortgage, etc.)
- Annual fund campaigns or general fundraising support
- Updates or renovations to a building NOT owned by the applying organization or its fiscal sponsor.
- Propaganda, political or otherwise, attempting to influence litigation or intervene in any political affairs or campaigns on behalf of any candidate for public office so as to endanger the charitable nature of the community trust
- Standard instructional or regular operation costs of public or non-public schools
- Repeat funding of projects/initiatives previously supported by the Foundation within the last 2 years.
- Purchase of real estate
- Travel costs (mileage, hotel, flight, etc.)
- Reimbursement for expenses incurred for a project, program, or initiative before the grant proposal was initiated
- Projects or initiatives intended to promote religious beliefs (Community Grants are only made to faith-based and religious organizations for public-facing projects and programs which serve broad and non-sectarian purposes.)
- Any purpose that is not in conformity with the constraints placed upon the Foundation by the IRS.
*In the case of an organization seeking funds to help individuals in a recovery process, the community organization must be, or be in partnership with, a national or state licensed or certified program.
Nondiscrimination and Anti-Hate Statement
The Foundation does not discriminate with regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability status, or veteran status. The Foundation will not support activities or organizations that condone or foster hate or violence.