What We Fund

The trustees have decided to limit the Foundation's 2018 Appalachian Kentucky grant making to elementary and secondary education and to early childhood education programs, and to public libraries serving the needs of children from early childhood through high school.  This means that the trustees will not consider proposals from organizations benefitting Appalachian Kentucky in the subject or program areas of arts, conservation, health, and social services.  No decision has yet been made on whether this change will remain effective beyond 2018.

Where We Fund

In Kentucky, the Foundation only funds projects that serve Appalachian communities within counties designated by the federal Appalachian Regional Commission. For a current list, please consult www.arc.gov/counties. Potential applicants are encouraged to review the What We Fund section of this web site before submitting an application for the Foundation's consideration.  For other information regarding the Appalachian program, please contact Judy Owens at the following e-mail address: jkowensjd@aol.com.

For Kentucky applicants, the online application form is now available and must be submitted by 11:59 pm Central Time on March 1, 2018. Formal applications may not be logged after the March 1 deadline.  All funding decisions are made in late June or early July, and organizations will be notified of the Foundation's decisions no later than August 15, 2018.

Applicants who have not previously registered to submit an application form online (during a previous grant cycle) will first need to register to establish an account. This includes providing an email address, creating a password, and providing key contact and organization details. Those who have registered previously are encouraged to log back in to their account to create a 2017 application.

Once applicants have registered in the online system, please be careful to select the proper application form.  The Kentucky Steele-Reese program uses two forms: one for public schools and another for all other nonprofit organizations.  Please select the proper form, as applications prepared on the incorrect form will not be considered.


We encourage you to contact Appalachian Director Judy Owens if you have any questions about the registration process or the online grant application, and to discuss your project prior to submitting an application.