Kansas City Regional COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund
The Kansas City Regional COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund was created in March 2020 to address the needs of the Kansas City region's most vulnerable communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund was established by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, United Way of Greater Kansas City, LISC Greater Kansas City (Local Initiatives Support Corporation), and the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC).
The Kansas City Regional COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations that have experience supporting impacted communities – particularly those that are disproportionately affected by this global pandemic and its economic consequences.
The Fund has provided more than $14 million to hundreds of organizations across the Kansas City region. Grants support operations and services with a focus on critical needs, including, but not limited to:
- Housing support (rent, mortgage, utilities)
- Food insecurity
- Access to health care
- Other critical human services
The Fund supports charitable organizations to both maintain their operations and services and increase their capacity to serve those impacted by COVID-19, including addressing the economic impacts on individuals and their families due to job interruption and reduction in income and benefits.
The Fund's current focus is supporting broad, collaborative partnerships that leverage other public and private funds and address critical COVID-19 response and recovery needs.
The Advisory Board is made up of foundation, civic and community representatives who oversee the Fund. These individuals have both an understanding of the community's needs and the charitable organizations that work to serve those needs, and they work together to assess potential grant recipients.
- Mayra Aguirre, Hall Family Foundation
- Julie Brewer, United Community Services of Johnson County
- Rita Cortes, Menorah Heritage Foundation
- Micah Rose Emerson, Community Representative
- Carla Gibson, REACH Healthcare Foundation
- Geoff Jolley, LISC Greater Kansas City
- Jan Kauk, North Kansas City School Board of Education
- Randy Lopez, Kansas City Kansas Public Schools Board Member
- Jim MacDonald, United Way of Greater Kansas City
- McClain Bryant Macklin, Civic Council of Greater Kansas City
- Maureen Mahoney, Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas
- Denise St. Omer, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
- Rachel Russell, Community Representative
- Debbie Sosland-Edelman, The Sosland Foundation
- Carrie Stewart, William T Kemper Foundation, Commerce Bank Trustee
- Qiana Thomason, Health Forward Foundation
- Randy Vance, Sunderland Foundation
- David Warm, Moderator, Mid-America Regional Council
- Michele Watley, Shirley's Kitchen Cabinet
- Carey Wilkerson, The H & R Block Foundation and the Marion and Henry Bloch Charitable Foundation
Thank you to generous donors of all levels who have come together to support the Kansas City region during this critical time of need.
Individuals who are interested in giving to the Fund can donate online here.
Community Foundation donors can use their donor-advised funds to make grants to the Fund by logging in and suggesting grants to the "Greater Kansas City Community Foundation," noting in the purpose field, “KC COVID-19 Fund.”
If you are at least age 70.5 and want to make a qualified charitable distribution to the Fund from your IRA, please contact the Community Foundation's Donor Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Institutional funders who would like to join the effort can contact Denise St. Omer, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation at email@example.com.
I’m an individual who is affected by COVID-19. Can the Fund help me?
We understand many individuals and families have been affected and more will continue to be impacted. The Kansas City Regional COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund will provide resources to nonprofit organizations that have experience supporting vulnerable communities across the Kansas City Region.
While the fund is not able to provide direct grants to individuals, it will support local nonprofit organizations that provide direct services and support. If you need resources now, please contact United Way 211 by dialing 211 to reach trained, caring professionals seven days a week, 24 hours a day, or visit 211kc.org.
My organization is interested in grant funding. How can we be considered?
We understand nonprofit organizations are facing increased demand for services, lost revenue and many other unprecedented challenges. We are working closely with local government, health agencies and community partners to identify regional needs and determine a strategic focus for the next round of grants. While engaged in this process, the Fund will not be accepting or reviewing requests for funding. We will provide additional information as it becomes available.
Is there a geographic area of focus for the Fund?
The Kansas City Regional COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund is prioritizing community-based organizations serving the greater Kansas City region. This includes the following counties in Kansas: Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami, Wyandotte. And the following counties in Missouri: Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte, Ray.
What is the best way to donate to help those impacted by COVID-19?
The Kansas City Regional COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund is focused on deploying targeted charitable resources where community needs are the highest. However, this is not the only vehicle in the region to do so. This is a critical time for countless individuals and organizations. Please continue to give to organizations you regularly support and those that need your help at this crucial time. Read more best practices for giving in response to COVID-19.
I'm interested in helping other communities across the country. Are there similar efforts elsewhere that I can support?
Community foundations across the country have created funds to support those affected. Read more about community foundation-led efforts around COVID-19.
Questions? Who to Contact:
Individuals Who Want to Donate
Institutional Funders Who Want to Participate
Contact Denise St. Omer, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nonprofits in Need
The Fund is not currently accepting requests for funding as the Advisory Board works to determine a strategic focus for the next round of grants. If you have questions in the meantime, contact email@example.com.
Individuals in Need
Contact United Way 211 by dialing 211 to reach trained, caring professionals seven days a week, 24 hours a day, or visit 211kc.org.
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation: Leanne Breiby, firstname.lastname@example.org | 816.627.3462
United Way of Greater Kansas City: Erick Schmidt, email@example.com | 816.559.4629
LISC Greater Kansas City: Abigail Hayo, firstname.lastname@example.org | 816.788.6978
Mid-America Regional Council: Kristin Johnson-Waggoner, email@example.com | 816.701.8219
March 24 News Release - Fund Announcement
April 13 News Release - Round One Grants
April 17 News Release - Fundraising Update
April 27 News Release - Round Two Grants
October 19 News Release - Fund Supports Eviction Prevention Efforts