Application for Grant Year 2023-2024

The purpose of Sustaining Impact Grants is to provide mission-based operating support to Greater Louisville nonprofit arts organizations in order to ensure the organization’s ongoing capacity to drive community impact. The Sustaining Impact Grant is guided by the mission of the Fund for the Arts as well as community-driven priorities within Imagine Greater Louisville 2025.

To support nonprofit arts organizations in the grant year 2023-2024, Fund for the Arts will invest in arts organizations that:

  • Are essential to Greater Louisville, building a thriving community through the arts.
  • Are equitable and inclusive, intentionally serving and telling the stories of diverse and historically underserved and underrepresented populations.
  • Demonstrate strong plans for maintaining sustainable operations in grant year 2023-2024 and beyond, so that they may continue recovery from COVID-19 and rebuild a thriving, inclusive, and equitable community for all.
  • Are looking for opportunities for new collaborations, shared services, and strategic alliances that could result in cost savings and/or revenue generation across the sector.

To be eligible for a Sustaining Impact Grant, nonprofit arts organizations must meet all the following criteria:


  • Have a primary mission that is arts-focused
  • Offer programming that is accessible to all members of the public in Greater Louisville
  • Recognized as a 501(c)(3) for at least the last three consecutive years with a primary place of business in Greater Louisville
  • Employ at least one full time equivalent staff or contract person
  • Have completed a Form 990, Form 990-EZ, or independent audit for the last three years
  • Have received a Fund for the Arts grant in at least one of the last three years and met all reporting requirements
  • Have demonstrated evidence of significant levels of community support through earned and contributed revenue


Please refer to the Grant Guidelines for further information about eligibility, application, and review process.


March 1-April 3, 2023 Pre-Application open in the Fund for the Arts online grant portal
April 14-June 9 Full Application open in the Fund for the Arts online grant portal
Friday, April 21, 9-10:30 am EST Applicant Information Session


May 12, May 26, and June 2, 10- 11 am EST Virtual Office Hours

Virtual Office Hours are available for anyone planning to apply for the 2023- 2024 (FY24) Sustaining Impact Grant, to provide time for questions with FFTA staff. Additional resources include the Grant Guidelines and recorded Applicant Information Session. Attendance and RSVP not required.

Friday, June 9, 11:59 pm EST Sustaining Impact Grant application due in the Fund for the Arts online grant portal
August 2-4, 9a-5p Applicant Interviews with Grant Review Panel

Each applicant meets with the Grant Review Panel for up to 30 minutes. Interview date and time will be emailed to applicants by July 1. 

By August 31, 2023 Grant Award Notification sent to all applicants via email


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