The Gheens Foundation
401 West Main Street  Louisville KY 40202



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Philanthropy Guidelines

The Foundation will distribute approximately 5% of the average fair value of its non-charitable use assets annually to qualifying organizations located in the Metro Louisville area: Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties (KY); Clark, Floyd, Harrison and Washington counties (IN); and to the Bayou Community Foundation for qualifying organizations in Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes in Louisiana.

First-time applicants must have received more than $50,000 in gross unrestricted revenue per its most recent Form 990 or an average of $50,000 for its past three consecutive years.

The minimum grant application request amount is $10,000.

Organizations may apply once every 12 months, provided any previously approved grants have been fully paid. 

Qualifying organizations include IRC 501( c )(3) organizations in good standing with the IRS and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and certain Louisville Metro government-related entities without a separate 501( c )(3) status, such as Jefferson County Public Schools.

The Foundation does not make grants to the following:

- Endowments

- Foundations, except those that solely support a single qualifying organization, such as a university.

- “Churches”  (congregations, conventions, associations)

- Hospitals, primary care facilities or medical research

- Nursing homes, convalescent homes, senior living and retirement communities, long-term care facilities and other such geriatric organizations

- Private kindergartens, nursery schools, preschools, early admissions schools or high schools

- Private elementary or middle schools, except those whose sole mission is to (a) students with learning differences or (b) schools with 100% of the student body qualifying for free/reduced lunch.

- Student financial aid, including scholarships, grants, loans or work study funds

- Individuals

- Political entities

- Fund-raising entities / Sponsorships