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Community Foundation of Louisville

The Community Foundation of Louisville was established in 1984 and aims to support communities in the region. The Foundation also strives to partner with local groups to strengthen philanthropy and best serve communities’ needs.

Regions: The Foundation’s area of focus is Kentucky and Southern Indiana, including both rural and non-rural counties. Examples of rural counties served include Kosciusko in Indiana and Letcher,

Washington, and Whitley, in Kentucky.

Issues Supported: The scope of issues that the Foundation supports is broad, with a focus on arts and culture, education, and human services.

Grant Process and Application: The Community Foundation of Louisville only accepts proposals through invitation or partnerships. Contact the Foundation directly by phone at 502-585-4649 or by email at

Grant-Making Per Year: In 2020, the Community Foundation of Louisville provided grants in the amount of $68 million.

Recovery and Supportive Housing Grantee Example: Shepherds House in Lexington, Kentucky, is a group that provides recovery housing for up to 18 months for individuals recovering from substance abuse. The residential program offers therapy, peer support, and employment guidance to facilitate reintegration into society.

Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels

The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels was established in 1944 and is based in Louisville, Kentucky. The term “Colonel” referred originally to individuals serving military roles, though it later assumed a symbolic meaning. Colonels began coming together in support of advancing and improving Kentucky. Together, a group of Kentucky Colonels established a charitable fund that gained momentum after World War II. Notably, the Colonels established a fund to support students to attend medical school and serve rural areas of the state.

Regions: Grant-making is focused on Kentucky, including rural areas like McCracken, Woodford, and Washington Counties.

Issues Supported: The Honorable Order focuses grantmaking on human services, health, and education, especially for disadvantaged and vulnerable populations. Abuse prevention, family services, mental health care, and rehabilitation are also key areas of interest.

Grant Process and Application: Organizations can request funding through an initial letter. The final application deadline is in March each year. You can find out more information by visiting the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels website.

Grant-Making Per Year: In 2020, the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels provided grants in the amount of $2.9 million.

Recovery and Supportive Housing Grantee Example: Isaiah House is a grantee located in Willisburg, Kentucky, in rural Washington County. The Isaiah House offers a variety of programs for individuals struggling with substance abuse. Services include long term residential treatment, transitional living, and job skills training.

Kentucky Opioid Settlement Funds

Total Settlement Funds in Kentucky

  • $483 million

Fund Distribution

  • 50% to local governments
  • 50% to the state through the Opioid Abatement Trust Fund


  • Funds from three distributors will be paid over 18 years
  • Funds from Johnson & Johnson will be paid over 9 years

Application Process

  • Not established

Spending So Far

  • NA

Key Contacts

  • Office of the Attorney General Daniel Cameron, 502-696-5300

Key Links

How About Your County?

To get a quick overview of the resources available in your county, including gaps that may need to be addressed, visit the Recovery Ecosystem Index Map developed through a partnership between the Fletcher Group Rural Center Of Excellence, the NORC Walsh Center at the University of Chicago, and East Tennessee State University.

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