FY2022 Application

The purpose of Sustaining Impact Grants is to provide mission-based operating support to Greater Louisville charitable arts organizations whose programming supports the priorities of Imagine Greater Louisville 2020/2025 in order to ensure the organization’s ongoing capacity to drive community impact. Sustaining Impact Grants are designed to provide foundational operating support for established Greater Louisville charitable arts organizations with a proven capacity to steward the financial investment of the Fund for the Arts and its nearly 16,000 donors.

COVID-19 & Racial Equity Response

The Fund for the Arts recognizes that all arts and culture organizations are operating under extreme uncertainties, with many unknown variables because of COVID-19. Additionally, the Fund for the Arts recognizes the community’s call for racial equity and is committed to building a more inclusive and equitable community for all as one our core pillars. In response, in the FY2022 Sustaining Impact Grant application, the Fund for the Arts has changed the score weighting to reflect an increased emphasis on the applicants’ plans to recover from COVID-19 and commitment to rebuild a thriving, vibrant, inclusive, and equitable community for all.

To meaningfully support charitable arts organizations and to effectively and efficiently steward donor dollars, with the FY2022 Sustaining Impact Grants, Fund for the Arts will invest in charitable arts organizations that:

  • Are extraordinary, providing exciting, unignorable, nationally- and regionally recognized offerings that attract business, talent, participants, cultural tourism, and attention to Greater Louisville.
  • Are essential to Greater Louisville, building a thriving community by driving educational outcomes, access to the arts, and economic activity.
  • 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 FY2022 and beyond, so that they may recover from COVID-19 and rebuild a thriving, vibrant, 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.


Friday, April 16, 2021 Sustaining Impact Grant application opens
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 – 3:30 to 5pm Applicant Information Session 1

· Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/95436229828?pwd=VnFLUGVkMU95M2IwSjJkejYrYk95Zz09

· Meeting ID: 954 3622 9828

· Passcode: 005165

· Call-In Number: +1 301 715 8592

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 – 10 to 11:30am Applicant Information Session 2

· Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/91876820977?pwd=RDROMHJVU1o2cFJFcDlocVZGbTAwUT09

· Meeting ID: 918 7682 0977

· Passcode: 144065

· Call-In Number: +1 301 715 8592

Friday, June 18, 2021 – 11:59 pm EST Sustaining Impact Grant application due
Wednesday, August 4 – Friday, August 6, 2021 Grant Review Panel Question & Answer Sessions

Each applicant meets with the Grant Review Panel for up to 30 minutes. The schedule will be emailed to each applicant by June 30, 2021.