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 final round of the Jefferson County Impact & Innovation Fund officially opened Monday, September 21, 2020, and closed at midnight on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. This RFP process 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. Applications selected for funding will be notified in late November. The funding year for this round is November 1, 2020, through October 31, 2021.

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.
  • Applications that were NOT funded in the previous RFP round will automatically roll over for consideration in this round of the RFP. Organizations that wish to update or change their previous application must request login credentials again and submit an entirely new application.
  • Organizations that were SELECTED for funding in the previous RFP may submit a new application(s) in this round, but only for a different program or service than that which was funded in the previous round.

Considerations for Funding

This RFP focuses on the following four priority areas, with particular emphasis placed on Equity and an Education and/or Economic Mobility focus:


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:

  • 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 at midnight Wednesday, October 7.

 Congratulations to the 11 organizations invested in during the last RFP issued in July.

  • 2NOT1 Fatherhood & Families, Inc.
  • Academy of Music Production Education and Development
  • ACE Project, Inc.
  • Americana Community Center
  • Backside Learning Center
  • Decode Project, Inc.
  • Keystone Learning Academy
  • Robert Jamison Ministries, Inc.
  • Skillz 4 Life
  • Wesley House Community Services


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