Local Nonprofits Land $100,000 in Funding at Northern Kentucky Pitch Competition

Fourteen organizations competed for funds at October 29 event


A sold out crowd of hundreds gathered on Tuesday to support and celebrate the work of 14 nonprofits working in Boone, Campbell, and Kenton counties in Northern Kentucky.


The nonprofits each took the stage for just three minutes to describe their work in the community to the audience. In the end, all nonprofits walked out with grant funds. 


The funds were pooled together through NKY Funders’ Grants, an ongoing program that convenes local community foundations and other funders to pitch in together to create grants for Northern Kentucky nonprofits. Eight funders collaborated for the 2019 NKY Funders’ Grants: the Butler Foundation, the Charles H. Dater Foundation, the R.C. Durr Foundation, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky, the Scripps Howard Foundation, the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation, and United Way of Greater Cincinnati – Northern Kentucky.


NKY Funders’ Grants partners selected a first place winner in each category to receive $7,500, and a second place winner to receive $5,000. A popular vote among the audience determined an additional first and second place prize for two of the finalists.


First Place $7,500 Awards

Northern Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy (Addiction Services)

Pones, Inc. (Arts, Culture, and Humanities)

Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank (Early Childhood)

Master Provisions (Health and Wellness: Durr Foundation cluster)

Nurse Advocacy Center for the Underserved (Health and Wellness: Horizon Community Funds)

Commonwealth Artists Student Theatre (K-12 Programming)

Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Northern Kentucky (Reducing Barriers to Employment)


Second Place $5,000 Awards

Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky (Addiction Services)

Kentucky Humanities (Arts, Culture, and Humanities)

New Perceptions (Early Childhood)

Northern Kentucky Education Council (Health and Wellness: Durr Foundation cluster)

Women’s Crisis Center (Health and Wellness: Horizon Community Funds cluster)

The Carnegie (K-12 Programming)

Tattoo Removal Ink (Reducing Barriers to Employment)


First place popular vote: Tattoo Removal Ink

Second place popular vote: Master Provisions


The NKY Funders’ Grants program looks forward to continuing its flexible model that allows additional funders and focus areas to be incorporated, in support of the nonprofit organizations that serve Northern Kentucky. More information about NKY Funders’ Grants can be found at https://www.horizonfunds.org/nky-funders-grants.