Giving Guidelines

It is the policy of the Gheens Foundation to contribute approximately five percent (5%) of the value of its total assets each year to recipients generally located in the Metropolitan Louisville, Kentucky area and Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes in Louisiana. 

Applications are considered for worthy causes of all kinds. Public education and social services will receive emphasis.  Care is exercised to balance the needs of today with anticipated needs of tomorrow.  

Although many needs of the communities are ongoing, the Foundation designates approximately thirty percent (30%) of its annual gifts to new initiatives whose objectives are consistent with the long term goals of the Foundation.

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Grant Process and Deadlines

Application Process

  • We do not give grants to individuals.

  • Only eligible 501(c)(3) organizations and public school districts may apply. If you have not applied previously, we request you contact our office before applying.

  • Grants are only awarded to nonprofit organizations whose missions impact the greater Louisville metro area and Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes in Louisiana, the home communities of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Gheens.  In some instances, nonprofit organizations which operate outside Louisville but in Kentucky are considered for funding.

  • ​​Louisiana Organizations: The Foundation has established a strong relationship with the Bayou Community Foundation which now serves as the channel through which The Gheens Foundation fulfills its philanthropic interests in Louisiana. For more information about their grant-making process, click here.


The submission deadlines for the 2021 meetings are 5:00 p.m. on:

  • Thursday, February 11
  • Thursday, May 13
  • Thursday, August 12
  • Thursday, November 11

Organizations may apply once in any twelve month period.  When evaluating grant applications, the Trustees will also consider your past activity; i.e. application frequency and approvals, when making a decision.

The Foundation recommends participation in the Better Business Charity Review process.

To begin a new application click here: 

Gheens New Application

To resume an in-progress application, review submitted applications or to file a report please click here:

Gheens Application Edit/Grant Report 

If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Knotts:

(502) 584-4650