Oldham County Fiscal Court Grants Policy
It is the policy of Oldham County Fiscal Court to support non-profit (i.e., 501c3), tax-exempt organizations which meet certain criteria. As a general rule, these organizations must have a presence in Oldham County, must serve a public purpose in concert with the goals and activities of OCFC, must be accountable for their use of donated funds, and must be supported by the great majority of their clients/beneficiaries. More specifically, the categories of organizations which OCFC is willing to award grants and those requirements are the following:
Arts and Humanities
OCFC intends to support those arts and humanities activities which meet any or all of the following qualifications:
- They contribute to tourism in Oldham County;
- They conduct activity (e.g., record keeping) on behalf of Fiscal Court;
- They support community-wide celebrations;
- They encourage arts activity on the part of Oldham Countians;
- They play an educational role for Oldham Countians, particularly students.
OCFC intends to support those social service agencies which meet any or all of the following qualifications:
- They provide a needed service to disadvantaged Oldham Countians;
- They provide an emergency social service to Oldham Countians;
- They provide a social service not otherwise available to Oldham Countians.
OCFC intends to support those recreational activities which meet any or all of the following qualifications:
- They serve a population in County-owned facilities;
- Their activities are largely financially supported by the participants.
Timing and Process
In order to process grant requests in a timely and efficient manner, OCFC has established the following schedule of requests and responses:
- December 31 – The agency or organization will submit its request, including: (1) a statement of need; (2) a specific statement of the proposed use of funds; (3) a copy of the most recent balance sheet, income statement, and current year’s budget (audited, if possible, and, if not possible, with an accountant certification), and; (4) if a recipient of funds for the prior year, a statement of the use of those funds.
- First Tuesday in January – The OCFC Grants Committee will review all submitted applications.
- First Tuesday in April – The OCFC Grants Committee will hear oral presentations from selected applicants.
- Second Fiscal Court meeting in April - The OCFC Grants Committee will make recommendations for grant awards.
- April 30 - Make grant award announcements to the public.
Oldham County Fiscal Court has a responsibility to Oldham County taxpayers to assure that grants are being awarded and administered according to the terms of this policy statement, and according to the needs for which the funds were granted. Accordingly, any agency or organization requesting funds will be held to a high standard for reporting its current financial situation and its specific intention for use of requested funds.
Moreover, any agency or organization requesting funds, and which has previously received a grant from OCFC, will be asked to report in detail on the use to which those funds were put.