A History of Giving Back


In 1936, Keeneland was created as a model race track for the Thoroughbred industry. Toward our founding mission, revenues from Keeneland’s racing and sales operations are reinvested in the horse industry, funding purse money for the tracks world-class racing program and supporting innovative marketing and research initiatives in the areas of equine safety and welfare.

Our founders also instilled a vision for contributing, not only to the betterment of racing, but to the Central Kentucky community of which we are an integral part.

Keeneland Charitable Giving

If you are a 501c3 and are organizing a charitable auction or another fundraising initiative, we would be happy to review your request for a donation from Keeneland.

  • Requests are viewed approximately one month prior to the event date.
  • Priority is given to initiatives within Central Kentucky.
  • Please note, due to our racing schedule, charitable giving requests are not reviewed or fulfilled in the months of April and October. Any requests for events taking place in these months should be submitted with advance notice.
  • Please submit your request via email to giving@keeneland.com
  • We ask that you include specific information about your organization to accompany your request.
Keeneland Foundation

The Keeneland Foundation restricts its annual monetary contributions to projects and organizations located primarily in Central Kentucky. Contributions have historically targeted capital expansion and equipment purchases, as well as endowment programs for scholarship funds with focus in the areas of health and human services; education; arts, culture and community; and Thoroughbred industry-related causes.

General Information

  • Grant requests for the current year are accepted from January 1 – December 31. Applications are reviewed by our Foundation Committee with grants gifted in the 1st Quarter of the following year.
  • To apply, please complete the grant application and submit in accordance with the below.
    • Grant Application
    • 501c3 Determination Letter, as referenced in the Grant Application
    • Listing of Board of Directors
  • Please email all requested information to foundation@keeneland.com or mail to Keeneland Foundation, PO Box 1690, Lexington, KY 40588
  • Any application that is incomplete will not be considered.

Funding will not be granted for requests:

  • from individuals, political entities, primary and secondary schools, youth sports leagues, fraternal veterans organizations (unless the gift is in support of a recognized community project), and religious organizations for the exclusive benefit of one religious entity; or,
  • for annual operating support or to purchase tickets or sponsorships for charitable tournaments, luncheons, dinners, etc.