A Note to Our Nonprofit Partners

Louisville foundations using Blackbaud Grantmaking software have joined together to implement shared applications and reports to help streamline and ease barriers to their grant processes. While the goal of this collaboration is to ensure expanded access and greater equity for grant seekers, it is important to note that each funder has their own guidelines, strategic priorities, timelines, and proposal review criteria. Participating funders may also request additional information at any stage during their application process.


Based on limitations of the Blackbaud Grantmaking system, at this time, any interested nonprofit seeking funding must submit their application to their requested foundation(s) separately. However, the shared commitment is to continue to improve this process, and learn from others to create stronger and more effective partnerships within our community. The following funders are collaborating in this process:


C.E. and S. Foundation
Gheens Foundation

Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence

Norton Family Foundation

What to Prepare Before You Apply

At Norton Family Foundation, we aim to make the application process simple and fair, so that organizations of all sizes and capacities can apply for the opportunity each year. To help you get started on the process, below you’ll find a list of important details and documents you’ll want to gather and prepare before submission.

  • Standard organizational details and project details (limit/avoid use of bullets and formatting)
  • Tax ID (9-digit number) and Tax Status, ie. 501c(3)
  • Annual Operating Budget
  • Financial History (referencing your most recently completed Form 990)
  • Compensation paid to your CEO/Executive Director/President during last 12 months
  • Organization Budget (more details within application)
  • Project Budget and Fundraising Plan Template (more guidelines within application)
  • IRS Determination Letter
  • Board members and Form 990 or Financial Statement
  • One optional supporting document you’d like to share (must be no more than one page)
  • Add mail@grantapplication.com to your email provider’s ‘safe senders list’ to ensure you receive all system communications.

How to Apply

Application Form

Grant application deadlines are March 1, 2024 and October 1, 2024. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on the deadline date.


Prior to applying, all applicants must communicate their request for funding in person, via telephone, or in writing (email) with the Executive Director. The purpose of this communication is to ensure that the application aligns with our mission. Organizations may apply once per calendar year. If an organization receives funding, a grant report must be completed before it may reapply the following year.


In addition to standard organizational information, the application requires a complete project description and budget, as well as a few items listed in the section above. Please use this form to submit your project budget and fundraising plan, and simply upload it as an attachment to your application before submitting.

Ready to Start Your Application?

If you have prepared and organized your organization and project materials, and are ready to submit an application, visit the link below to get started.

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