Frequently-Asked Questions

  • How often does The Gilbert Foundation Board meet?  The Board meets quarterly, in January, April, July and October to review grant proposals.

  • When will I know if my proposal was accepted?  Notifications regarding the disposition of the proposal will be made within one week of the scheduled Board meeting - either 'accepted for application', 'deferred to next Board meeting' or 'declined'.

  • How soon after I submit my Grant Application will I receive my check?  The Gilbert Foundation typically issues all grant checks within two weeks of submittal of the Grant Application.

  • Can I submit a proposal to The Gilbert Foundation next year, if I received a grant this year? There are no restrictions on year-over-year grants from The Gilbert Foundation, so yes you can submit a proposal in successive years.

  • What are the Focus Areas of The Gilbert Foundation Generally speaking, The Gilbert Foundation awards grants that align with Dick Gilbert's interests.  These include (but are not limited to):  reading, education, music, animals, self-reliance, and fiscal responsibility.  Occasionally, the Foundation makes gifts outside of these focus areas, in good faith that Dick Gilbert would have deemed the project important to the Louisville community. Please see our Historical Grant Summary for examples of projects that have received grant funding from The Gilbert Foundation.