Mildred V. Horn Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder supports public charities concerned with historic home renovation, education in Oldham County, and homeless shelters. Most grants stay in Kentucky. It accepts grant applications throughout the year.

FUNDING AREAS: Historic homes, education, homelessness

IP TAKE: For local groups in Kentucky, the best opportunities are in working with local schools. There does not appear to be a full-time staff, but one trustee is particularly active and accessible to grant seekers.

PROFILE: The Mildred V. Horn Foundation, established in 1988, is based in LaGrange, Kentucky. Much of this foundation’s grant making supports preservation of historic homes built between the mid-1700s and the mid-1800s. These homes are open to the public for tours and are located in Kentucky and nearby states. This is the only grant focus area that considers requests from outside Kentucky.

Education is another funding priority. Horn primarily supports elementary, middle, and high schools in Oldham County, Kentucky. The surrounding areas see some Horn grants as well. Homelessness is Horn's other key interest and grants support homeless shelters in Oldham County.

It accepts grant requests throughout the year with no deadlines, but bear in mind that funds may be depleted by the end of the year. Current financial data can be viewed in the 990 forms on GuideStar.

Horn typically provides single-year grants that begin after the current calendar year. Most of the grants are between $1,000 and $10,000, although some exceed that range. The foundation uses the Center for Nonprofit Excellence’s Common Grant Application, which can be accessed online. New grant seekers can also take a five-question qualification questionnaire to determine eligibility.

As an alternative, grant seekers can submit a one-page or two-page letter describing their organization, program need, and financial data. A sample grantee is Family & Children’s Place, which received $4,250 to support child advocacy efforts related to child abuse in Greater Louisville. Horn typically does not consider operating support for community services, direct services or training programs, sporting events, and non-scholastic educational programs.


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