It is the policy of the Gheens Foundation to contribute approximately five percent (5%) of the value of its total assets each year to charitable organizations located in the Metropolitan Louisville area and in Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes in Louisiana. These were the two endeared home communities of Mr. and Mrs. Gheens.


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 support in Louisiana. For more information about their grant-making process, please visit bayoucf.org

Applications are considered for worthy causes of all kinds. Public education and social services will receive emphasis. By policy, we do not fund:

  • Private schools, unless the student population represents 100% under-resourced families or students with learning differences
  • Churches, synagogues, mosques and similar places of worship
  • Scholarships or individuals
  • Hospitals or medical research

BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU CHARITY REVIEW PROCESS

The Foundation recommends, but does not require, participation in the Better Business Charity Review process.


The BBB serving Louisville, Western Kentucky, and Southern Indiana, performs charity reviews and develops reports on local charities. The purpose is to promote public confidence in charities and to encourage charitable giving. Charity Review is a donor information service of the BBB and there is no cost to the charity for the BBB to conduct a review and issue a report. 


For more information on BBB Charity Review, please contact Angie Estes  or call (502) 588-0033.

Application process      


501(c)(3) REQUIREMENT

Organizations must be in active standing with the IRS and a verified tax number is required to access the application process. Public school districts and governmental entities should contact the Foundation office to obtain access to the portal.


To be eligible to apply for an initial grant, the applicant’s gross unrestricted revenues per its Form 990 must have exceeded $50,000 (a) for its most recent fiscal year, or (b) an average of $50,000 for its past 3 consecutive fiscal years.


GRANT DEADLINES

The submission deadlines for the 2022 meetings are 5:00 p.m. on:


Thursday, February 10 (March 14 meeting)
Thursday, May 12  (June 16 meeting)
Thursday, August 11  (Sept 15 meeting)
Thursday, November 10  (Dec 13 meeting)


All applicants are notified of the grant outcomes within three to four days of the board meeting.


​Organizations may apply once in any twelve month period.​


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​QUESTIONS? 

Please contact Kathy Knotts

(502) 584-4650  or kathy@gheensfoundation.org

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