Appalachian Rural Development Philanthropy Initiative (ARDPI)

What is ARDPI?

The Appalachian Rural Development Philanthropy Initiative (ARDPI) is an ARC-funded initiative. It works to build capacity, community and philanthropy in distressed Kentucky counties. This work aims to create an infrastructure that engages local people in communities. It builds the capacity of the region through prudent stewardship of resources. This in turn supports growth of local wealth through permanent community endowments. ARDPI is a shared effort among seven organizations:

  • The Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative
  • Endow Kentucky
  • The Blue Grass Community Foundation
  • The Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky
  • The Foundation for the Tri-State Community
  • The Center for Rural Development
  • The Brushy Fork Institute at Berea College

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About the Philanthropy Development Consultants Program:

The Appalachian Rural Development Philanthropy Initiative Consultants Program provides short-term, philanthropy-related technical assistance. It does this at a nominal cost to communities in Appalachian Kentucky. It aims to reach communities committed to promoting local philanthropy development. The program supports bringing philanthropy professionals to the community for activities focused on:

  • Philanthropy education
  • Board development
  • Various training topics related to creating philanthropic structures in Appalachian Kentucky

Please note: the funds cannot be used for fundraising activities or continuing legal education.

The Consultant Program builds on the work of the Appalachian Rural Development Philanthropy Initiative that began in 2011.

Who May Apply:

The Appalachian Rural Development Philanthropy Consultants Program is open to governmental entities and nonprofit organizations. The following Kentucky distressed counties qualify:

  • Adair
  • Bath
  • Bell
  • Breathitt
  • Carter
  • Casey
  • Clay
  • Clinton
  • Cumberland
  • Elliott
  • Estill
  • Fleming
  • Floyd
  • Green
  • Harlan
  • Hart
  • Jackson
  • Johnson
  • Knott
  • Knox
  • Lawrence
  • Lee
  • Leslie
  • Letcher
  • Lewis
  • Lincoln
  • Magoffin
  • Martin
  • McCreary
  • Menifee
  • Metcalfe
  • Monroe
  • Morgan
  • Owsley
  • Perry
  • Powell
  • Robertson
  • Rockcastle
  • Rowan
  • Russell
  • Wayne
  • Whitley
  • Wolfe

Applicants can be:

  • A component fund of an existing community foundation,
  • an independent community foundation, or
  • an organization or unit of government involved with or pursuing philanthropy development.

Timeline for Applications:

Applications for the Consultants Program are reviewed on a rolling basis through December 31, 2015. All consultant activities must be finalized by March 15, 2016, with final reports submitted by March 31, 2016.