Lift A Life Foundation Grant Application

How We Work

We are working to help develop and fund innovative grants with strong community partners who significantly impact five broad areas: hunger, early childhood education, leadership development, juvenile diabetes and military family support.

We have big dreams and goals in each of these focus areas. We aspire for our local community of Louisville, and our state of Kentucky to see these dreams and goals become a reality; to greatly impact and improve the lives of everyone touched.

From improving the quality of child care to solving weekend hunger, the Lift a Life Foundation is committed to the work we are able to do with all the incredible organizations across Kentuckiana.


Our Blue Chip Grants include larger investments in specific organizations locally, nationally, and globally; within our focus areas: Dare to Care Food Bank, World Food Program, The Excellence Academy, Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program, The Wendy Novak Diabetes Care Center, and Folds of Honor.


These grants are distributed across Louisville and Kentucky, and also stay within our five focus areas meeting a need in the organization that will have a big impact within our community. We love to fund and help develop these incredibly impactful grants. For more information on how we can partner with your organization, or to apply for one of our Community Impact Grants click here.



World Food Program



Dare to Care

In August 2013, Lift a Life Foundation awarded a three-year, $1.5 million grant to support Dare to Care’s newly created Community Kitchen.

The Community Kitchen will provide over 1,000 hot and healthy meals a day to children in afterschool programs in Kentuckiana. This is triple the amount of meals previously served through Dare to Care’s Kids Café program, providing greater access to nutritional meals for children most in need in our community.

For nearly two decades, Dare to Care’s Kids Café program has provided hot, tasty, nutritious meals to children at risk of hunger in our community.

As of May 31, 2016 Lift a Life Foundation awarded Dare to Care grants totaling $450,000 to support their program Feeding Families serving eight counties in Kentucky and five counties in Indiana. This will provide nutritious meals for those families at risk of hunger or experiencing hunger through a network of over 300 partner agencies.

World Food Program

In March, 2015 announced a groundbreaking $3 million grant over three years to support school meals in the Karamoja region of Uganda. 

This grant—the largest international grant in the foundation’s history—will provide nourishing meals to more than 32,000 children in 161 schools through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the largest provider of school meals on the planet.


Early Childhood Education

The Excellence Academy

The Lift a Life Foundation has partnered with Metro United Way to help teachers from participating Metro United Way-funded childcare centers be evaluated and mentored on various areas of early childhood education.

The mentoring will be directed toward helping teachers implement high-quality curriculum in their classrooms. As teachers reach milestones and make continuous improvements in their classrooms, they will advance through the The Excellence Academy and be rewarded with incentives and salary increases.

At this time, 10 Metro United Way-funded childcare centers have teachers participating in the The Excellence Academy with the goal of having all 16 centers participate within the next 12 months.

The Excellence Academy is one of many ways Metro United Way works to support education in our community and directly aligns with their long-term community aspirations that all children will enter kindergarten ready to learn with the eventual result that all youth will graduate from high school on time and be well prepared for college, work and life.


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Leadership Development

Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program

The Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program is the nation’s leading and fastest growing free service learning program, attracting more than a million students in over 5,000 schools and clubs across all 50 states. Lead2Feed is where leadership and service learning intersect for measurable results. Aligned to standards for College and Career Readiness and 21st Century Skills, Lead2Feed is making a huge difference in participants’ lives and the programs they create.

Lead2Feed has united students and created teams around a common goal to address needs within their communities. Throughout this leadership program, students learn and practice leadership skills adapted from Lift a Life Foundation founder David Novak’s book, Taking People With You. The Only Way to Make Big Thing Happen. Each year, student teams compete for a chance to win over $25,000 in prize money grants for their public non-profit community partner AND up to $20,000 in technology products for their school.

The Lead2Feed curriculum provides opportunities for high levels of student engagement through collaboration, critical thinking, problem-solving, reflection and creativity. While the focus of the student projects will be combating a community need, the enduring value of this program for students will be their individual development as leaders.

Lift a Life Foundation Director Ashley Butler explains: “We believe the earlier we can develop leaders in our schools, the stronger it will make our country and individual success in students!

Lead2Feed is completely free and provided to schools and clubs across the country through grants from the Lift a Life Foundation and the Yum! Brands Foundation with assistance from the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning.

For More information visit:


Contact: Debby Dodge | Lead2Feed Grant Manager | Lift a Life Foundation


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Juvenile Diabetes

The Wendy Novak Diabetes Center

The Lift a Life Foundation recently gifted $5 million to the Kosair Children’s Hospital Foundation to help establish the Wendy Novak Diabetes Care Center at the hospital.

The gift is part of a $12 million initiative that will fund the creation of a state-of-the-art comprehensive diabetes care center offering education and treatment of Type 1 diabetes. The gift also will provide support to hire a physician, educator and nurse practitioner specialists; enhance medical, technological and educational resources and programs available to families; and improve inpatient and outpatient care facilities.

In April, 2016 The Children’s Hospital Foundation also received a $1 million pledge to establish the Christensen Family Diabetes Sports Medicine Program. The program will be part of the Wendy Novak Diabetes Care Center, which is a collaboration between Kosair Children’s Hospital, the University of Louisville and UofL Physicians.

Tony Christensen, president of Access Wealth Management, is making the pledge in honor of his son, Mason, who has Type 1 diabetes.




Military Family Support

Folds of Honor Foundation

Of the one million-plus dependents adversely affected by deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, nearly nine out of ten do not qualify for federal scholarship assistance. The Folds of Honor Foundation seeks to address this need by providing annual educational scholarships to the military families of those who have been killed or disabled while in active duty. These scholarships help support private education tuition, tutoring and educational summer camps for children in K-12, as well as higher education tuition assistance for spouses and children. Since its founding in 2007, the organization is proud to have awarded more than 7,500 scholarships nationwide, including over 2,000 in 2014 alone.

Since its 2010 partnership with the Lift a Life Foundation, Folds of Honor has been able to award approximately 600 scholarships to Kentucky military families. With Fort Knox and Fort Campbell in our vicinity, we have many service men and women going to school in our state. We also host the Folds of Honor Courage and Honor Invitational at Valhalla Golf Club to raise funds for our Kentucky service people. We believe education provides opportunity, and we are thankful for the men and women who serve our country.

2016 Community Impact Grants

Skillz 4 Life – Early Childhood Education

WE Day Louisville – Leadership Development

Purchase Area Development Food Bank- Hunger

Active Heroes – Military Families Support

Hosparus – Early Childhood Education

YMCA Safe Place – Early Childhood Education

Kentucky Association of Food Banks – Hunger

Camp Hendon – Juvenile Diabetes

Kentucky Refugee Ministries – Early Childhood Education

Shively Area Ministries – Hunger

Jefferson County Education Foundation – Early Childhood Education

Neighborhood House – Early Childhood Education

Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland – Hunger

Maryhurst – Leadership Development

Global Game Changers – Early Childhood Education

Peace Education Program – Leadership Development

The American Red Cross, Kentucky – Military Family Support

Louisville Central Community Centers – Leadership Development

Boys and Girls Club Kentuckiana – Leadership Development

The Healing Place – Leadership Development

Louisville Orchestra – Leadership Development

West End School – Early Childhood Education

Kentucky Science Museum – Early Childhood Education

Community Foundation of Louisville – Capacity Building Grants

New Roots – Hunger

Our Military Kids – Military Family Support

Upside Therapeutic Riding – Military Family Support

YA! (Louisville) – Leadership Development

Home of the Innocents – Early Childhood Education

Family and Children’s Place – Leadership Development

Center for Nonprofit Excellence – Leadership Development

Cedar Lake Foundation – Leadership Development

Boy Scouts, Lincoln Heritage – Leadership Development

Side by Side Studio – Early Childhood Education

Down Syndrome of Louisville – Early Childhood Education

Smoketown Family Wellness Center – Early Childhood Education

Stage One Family Theater – Early Childhood Education

Sunrise Children’s Services – Early Childhood Education

American Printing House for the Blind – Early Childhood Education

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – Juvenile Diabetes