Community Investment RFP

We are aggressively pursuing our transition to an investment strategy that recognizes the urgent need to address persistent inequities that stifle sustainable progress communitywide. Our RFP process, which closed Sunday, July 26, is open to any nonprofit and seeks to create strategic partnerships to address our community’s more urgent needs around the wealth and education gaps that have oppressed many for decades.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Internal Revenue Service has ruled the applicant to be a federally recognized tax exempt, not-for-profit organization or the organization has an application in process and a fiduciary agent.
  • The applicant is seeking funds for programs, services, or strategies aimed at closing the wealth gap and/or education gap and responding to the persisting challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The applicant’s programs, services, or strategies are focused on Jefferson County’s 40202, 40203, 40208, 40210, 40211, 40212, 40214, 40215, 40216, 40218, 40219, 40272 zip codes in west and south Louisville.
  • The applicant must be able to comply with MUW’s Grant Agreement.
  • The applicant is requesting funds for new or existing direct service, advocacy and/or other systems-level work within the zip codes mentioned above.
  • Applicants may be single organizations, collaboratives, or partnerships.
  • Organizations may submit more than one application.

Considerations for Funding


Applications will be reviewed through a racial equity frame, prioritizing applications that reflect the following characteristics:

  • Low-capacity, defined as community-based nonprofit organizations with few or no paid administrative staff and an annual income of less than $500,000.
  • Led by Black, Indigenous, or People of Color.
  • Primarily serve populations impacted by systemic racism.
  • Operate a place-based strategy, concentrating programs, services, and strategies within one or more of the following zip codes within west and south Louisville 40202, 40203, 40208, 40210, 40211, 40212, 40214, 40215, 40216, 40218, 40219, 40272.


Program, service, or strategy serves individuals or communities experiencing barriers due to:

  • Medical status
  • Physical or mental health
  • Intellectual or developmental differences
  • Substance use disorders
  • Intimate partner violence or child neglect/abuse
  • Low to moderate income
  • Housing insecurity
  • Immigration status
  • Justice-involvement
  • Systemic racism
  • Discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation


Organizations will be evaluated for programs, services, or strategies aimed at closing education or wealth gaps by, for example:

  • Increasing income, assets, or employment
  • Supporting career advancement
  • Improving academic, social-emotional learning, or behavioral outcomes of young people
  • Increasing out-of-school time engagement of young people
  • Improving school attendance or college/career readiness of young people
  • Increasing quality childcare/preschool enrollment or kindergarten readiness


For many individuals and families, the education and economic mobility challenges described above have been compounded because of COVID-19. Applications that aim to mitigate these compounding effects of the current pandemic will be prioritized. Examples of compounding factors that may be addressed include but are not limited to:

  • Financially supporting additional family members due to job/income loss
  • The stay on rent/utility payments ending soon
  • Persistent unemployment
  • Additional childcare responsibilities
  • Difficulty accessing unemployment benefits for entrepreneurs/self-employed individuals
  • Difficulty accessing stimulus funds because of immigration status, lack of housing, or other barriers
  • Negative effects of social isolation (e.g. unsafe home environments, effects on mental/emotional health, etc.)

RFP Request for Access and Credentials

Please provide information about your organization and the program(s) for which you intend to apply at the link below.  Within two business days, you will receive a link to the application website with individualized login information.

 The RFP closed Sunday, July 26.


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