21st-Century Grants

Available to non-profits serving the following:

  • Kentucky: Boyd and Greenup counties
  • Ohio: Lawrence County
  • West Virginia: Cabell and Wayne counties

Deadlines: January 10, April 10, July 10, and October 10 each year

The Foundation for the Tri-State Community Inc. makes grants through the 21st-Century Endowment Fund for educational, cultural, scientific and other charitable purposes in the Tri-State area. The Foundation seeks to respond to a wide variety of needs in the community.

Grant applications are reviewed quarterly by the Grant Advisory Committee with the final distributions approved by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. The size and number of grants awarded are directly related to the amount of money available each year from the 21st-Century Endowment. Grants usually range between $500 and $5,000. Click here to contact us to apply for a grant.

The Foundation for the Tri-State Community Inc. encourages project proposals with the following goals:

  1. Improve the quality of life in the Tri-State area.
  2. Test or demonstrate new approaches and techniques in the solution of important community problems.
  3. Promote community volunteerism.
  4. Strengthen non-profit agencies and institutions by reducing operating costs, increasing public financial support and/or improving internal management.
  5. Use community resources to promote coordination, cooperation and sharing among organizations to eliminate duplicate services.

Application guidelines:

Eligible applicants include 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charities and other organizations that meet our special charitable grant guidelines.  Project proposals must serve residents of the Tri-State area, which includes Boyd and Greenup counties in Kentucky, Cabell and Wayne counties in West Virginia and Lawrence County in Ohio.

The Foundation always accepts requests for funding, with application deadlines of January 10, April 10, July 10 and October 10 of each year. (If the 10th falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the deadline will be the following Monday.) Organizations may submit only one application per funding cycle for grants from the 21st-Century Endowment Fund. Organizations that have recently been awarded a grant from the 21st-Century Endowment Fund should wait at least 12 months from the approval of their award to submit another request for funding.

The 21st Century Endowment grants do not provide funding for components of projects begun before grant award decisions are made.  While the Foundation remains flexible in trying to meet community needs, the following areas will generally not be considered for funding from the 21st Century Endowment Fund:

  • General operating support
  • Endowment funds
  • Operational deficits
  • Individuals
  • Political purposes
  • Sectarian activities of religious organizations

Please contact the Foundation to obtain a copy of our grant application and to discuss your proposed project. The Foundation staff will endeavor to assist you in crafting a successful proposal.

Past Recipients

Current grant holders - download your final grant report here:  Final Grant Report.  Please contact us if you have any questions about submitting your final grant report. 

If you would like to make a contribution to the 21st Century Grants Fund, click here.