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Appalachian Rural Development Philanthropy Initiative (ARDPI)

What is ARDPI?
The Appalachian Rural Development Philanthropy Initiative (ARDPI) is an ARC-funded initiative that works to build capacity, community and philanthropy in distressed Kentucky counties.This work is committed to helping distressed Kentucky communities create an infrastructure that engages local people in communities and builds the capacity of the region through prudent stewardship of resources, thus supporting the 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 and the Brushy Fork Institute at Berea College.Discover what you can do. Plan a legacy for tomorrow.

Details about ARDPI mini-grants:

ARDPI mini-grants are designed to fund philanthropic capacity building activities within ARC-designated distressed Kentucky communities.

Who is eligible to apply?

Nonprofit entities or units of government that are in the initial stages of developing a comprehensive community philanthropy effort.

Eligible Counties:

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

Each county is limited to one ARDPI Mini-Grant per annual funding cycle. Preference will be given to establishing an affiliate arrangement (component fund) with an existing certified community foundation or for pursuing multi-county efforts.

Grant Amounts:  Qualified applicants may request a maximum of $8,000 in ARC funds for an ARDPI community foundation capacity building mini-grant project. A 20% match of total project costs is required.


Each ARDPI mini-grant project must address three components:

  1. Demonstrate Community Capacity Building
  2. Demonstrate Community Philanthropy Focus
  3. Demonstrate Broad-Based Community Support

For more details about eligible activities and acceptable use of these grant funds, please download the ARDPI Mini-Grant Guidelines and the ARDPI Mini-Grant Proposal Form.



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