Competitive Grant Opportunities

About Our Competitive Grant Opportunities

All grant opportunities are listed below and will be updated with 2020 deadlines as the dates become available. If you are returning to continue work on an application or need to complete a report form, please visit https://www.grants.growyourgiving.org.

For technical assistance with the application process, please contact grants@growyourgiving.org or 816.627.3452.

See a list of other local funders in the Kansas City community at the bottom of this page.


The purpose of the Kansas City, Missouri Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is to unite graduates of regionally accredited educational institutions to promote equity, education, intellectual growth, individual worth and development of opportunities for women and girls. The mission of the Nettie Irene Van Der Veer Wagy Fund is to further the mission of AAUW and to honor Irene Wagy.

Application Timeline: 2020 Dates Coming Soon
Contact Information: Kelli Doyle, doyle@growyourgiving.org or 816.268.3203


The American Century Investments Foundation, established in 2000, is overseen by a board of directors that sets guidelines and priorities for the Foundation and makes all grant decisions on behalf of the Foundation. Assistance in grants administration is provided to the Foundation by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. Learn more about American Century Investments® and its other areas of community investments.

Application Available: February 1, 2020
Application Deadlines:
April 6 and October 5, 2020
Contact Information:
grants@growyourgiving.org or 816.627.3452


Established as a fund at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation by the Hall Family Foundation in 1983, the Black Community Fund (BCF) has been investing in the African American community in Greater Kansas City for over 30 years. BCF grants provide support to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations focusing on enhancing the socio-economic aspects of the African American community in the Greater Kansas City area. BCF became an affiliate of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation in 2007.

Application Timeline: The Black Community Fund Board is assessing the Fund’s grantmaking impact and has paused new grantmaking at this time. We suggest you revisit the Fund’s website for new deadlines periodically after the second quarter of 2020.
Contact Information:
blackcommunityfund@growyourgiving.org


The Children's Services Fund of Jackson County grants to nonprofit organizations in support of services that protect the well-being and safety of children and youth nineteen years or younger residing in Jackson County, Missouri, and strengthen families of those youth.

Letter of Intent Available: May 20, 2020
Letter of Intent Deadline: June 3, 2020
Contact Information: Rob Whitten, rob@jacokids.org


The Clay County Children’s Services Fund will provide grants to organizations offering services that protect the well-being and safety of children nineteen years of age or younger residing in Clay County, Missouri. Such services may include counseling, family support, temporary residential services, and other such services set out in RSMo 210.861.

Application Available: June 1, 2020
Application Deadline: June 26, 2020
Contact Information: Kathy Macken, kmacken@claycokids.org


The Eastland Giving Circle (EGC) is a group of philanthropic and civic-minded individuals dedicated to making a substantive impact to the eastern Jackson County, Missouri area through a yearly donation. The primary grant focus in 2020 is human trafficking in Eastern Jackson County, Missouri. One organization will be awarded a grant by EGC through this annual application process. An organization may receive this grant once in a three-year period.

Application Timeline: 2020 Dates Coming Soon
Contact Information: grants@growyourgiving.org


Launched in 2012, the Food and Farm Communications Fund is a multi-funder pooled grant program organized around a shared belief in the role of strategic communications and the power to cultivate change in our food and farm systems. The Food and Farm Communications Fund provides targeted communications funding and resources to community-based organizations working at the forefront of food and farm systems change. The Fund advances communications initiatives and media projects to help shift narratives and further the goals of grassroots and their allies.

Application Timeline: 2020 Dates Coming Soon
Contact Information: Hilde Steffey, info@foodandfarmcommunications.org


Founded in 1987, the Harvest Ball Society has become the largest, nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to raising funds for organizations serving prevalent needs in the Northland. Since its establishment more than 30 years ago, the Harvest Ball Society has distributed over $7 million to many different deserving agencies.

Application Timeline: 2020 Dates Coming Soon
Contact Information: info@harvestballsociety.org


Established in 2002, Heartland Utilities for Energy Efficiency (HUEE) was organized with the purpose to promote energy efficiency through energy education, resources and actions to help assure a secure energy future for residents of the greater Kansas City area. HUEE provides grants to organizations focusing on providing energy efficiency education activities or the adoption of energy efficiency measures in the residential sector.

Application Timeline: Grant applications may be submitted at any time and will be reviewed at the next regularly scheduled monthly HUEE board meeting.
Contact Information: Sarah Forgey, forgey@growyourgiving.org or 816.627.3444


Organized in 2002, the purpose of Heartland Utilities for Energy Efficiency (HUEE) is to promote energy efficiency through energy education, resources and actions to help assure a secure energy future for residents of the greater Kansas City area. HUEE provides grants to schools through a public service announcement (PSA) video contest. The contest is an exciting opportunity to engage middle school students to be creative and learn more about energy efficiency and sustainability.

Application Timeline: This opportunity is closed for 2020. Please check back for future dates.
Contact Information: Sarah Forgey, forgey@growyourgiving.org or 816.627.3444


The Hispanic Development Fund (HDF) Grants Program has moved to an invitation-only application process and does not accept unsolicited letters of inquiry or proposals. To seek out grantees, HDF staff actively engages with a wide range of stakeholder groups and monitors ongoing and emerging issues in our Hispanic community. Proposals from potential grantees will be invited based on priorities set by the HDF Advisory Board.

Contact Information: info@hdfkc.org


Homelessness Trust Fund

The Homelessness Trust Fund was established at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation in 1988 to serve as an endowment for assistance to homeless individuals and those in danger of becoming homeless. Grants are made annually to organizations for distribution to eligible individuals residing in Kansas City, Missouri, and/or Jackson County, Missouri.

2020 Grantmaking Adaptation In Response to COVID-19: The advisory board for the Homelessness Trust Fund acknowledges the unique challenges nonprofits are facing and recognizes that the ability to serve clients, raise funds, and manage operations has changed greatly. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Homelessness Trust Fund is canceling the competitive application process for 2020 in an effort to reduce the burden on nonprofit organizations while expediting funding to highly impacted sectors of the community. Existing grantees will be prioritized and will be contacted directly. Please contact Kelli Doyle, doyle@growyourgiving.org or 816.268.3203 with any questions.


Impact KC is a group of philanthropic and civic-minded individuals dedicated to making a substantive impact to the well-being of the Kansas City metropolitan area through volunteerism, fundraising and education. Impact KC receives funding from its general membership, and the fund is administered by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. Impact KC awards one-time grants to one to four organizations through an annual application process.

Application Available: June 1, 2020
Application Deadline: July 31, 2020
Contact Information: Dan Ryan, danryankc@gmail.com, and David Wetzel, dnwetzel@me.com


Irven E. and NeVada P. Linscomb Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Linscomb were dedicated to helping those who, through no fault of their own, could not help themselves. This grant opportunity supports programs impacting the lives of underserved, low-income children ages birth to 18 in Clay and Platte Counties.

2020 Grantmaking Adaptation In Response to COVID-19: The Irven E. and NeVada P. Linscomb Foundation acknowledges the unique challenges nonprofits are facing and recognizes that agencies’ ability to serve clients, raise funds, and manage businesses has changed greatly. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation is canceling the competitive application process for 2020 in an effort to reduce the burden on nonprofit organizations while expediting funding to highly impacted sectors of the community. Current grantees will be prioritized and will be contacted directly. Please contact Gwen Wurst, wurst@growyourgiving.org or 816.627.3446 and Sarah Forgey, forgey@growyourgiving.org or 816.627.3444 with any questions.


Jacob L. and Ella C. Loose Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Loose had a simple and direct charge to successor board members of the Foundation: To help the poor and needy children and families of Jackson County and Kansas City, Missouri. Applications are reviewed on an annual basis by the grants committee, who make recommendations to the full board of the Loose Foundation for final approval. Attendance at an information session is required to be considered for this grant.

2020 Grantmaking Adaptation In Response to COVID-19: The Jacob L. and Ella C. Loose Foundation acknowledges the unique challenges nonprofits are facing and recognizes that agencies’ ability to serve clients, raise funds, and manage business has changed greatly due. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation has canceled the competitive application process for 2020 in an effort to reduce the burden on nonprofit organizations while expediting funding to highly impacted sectors of the community. Current grantees will be prioritized and will be contacted directly. Please contact Gwen Wurst, wurst@growyourgiving.org or 816.627.3446 and Kelli Doyle,  doyle@growyourgiving.org or 816.268.3203 with any questions.


Latina Giving Circle of Greater Kansas City

The Latina Giving Circle of Greater Kansas City (LGC) was formed in 2013 to provide support to nonprofit organizations with programs that improve the quality of life for Latina women and girls in the greater Kansas City area. The LGC also seeks to promote philanthropic education and giving among Latinas in the community.

2020 Grantmaking Adaptation In Response to COVID-19: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on its membership, the Latina Giving Circle is cancelling its 2020 grant application process. The Latina Giving Circle acknowledges the unique challenges nonprofits are facing and recognizes that the ability to serve clients, raise funds, and manage operations has changed greatly. At this time, the Latina Giving Circle is not considering direct requests for 2020 funding. Please contact Amanda Sisney, amanda.sisney@jacksonlewis.com with any questions.


Liberty Giving Circle (LGC) is a group of philanthropic and civic-minded women dedicated to making a significant impact on the well-being of the citizens of the Liberty area. LGC awards a grant to one or more organizations through the annual application process. An organization can receive this grant once in a five-year period.

Application Timeline: 2020 Dates Coming Soon
Contact Information: Dianne Ferrell, ferrell491@aol.com


The Northland Community Foundation (NCF), an affiliate of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, seeks to improve the quality of life in the Northland by increasing charitable giving, connecting donors to community needs they care about and providing leadership on critical community issues. By using an RFP approach, NCF aims to solicit the best thinking of nonprofit organizations, public sector agencies, research institutions, and other entities serving Clay and Platte Counties.

Application Timeline: This opportunity is closed for 2020. Please check back for future dates.
Contact Information: grants@growyourgiving.org


The Northland Giving Circle is a group of philanthropic and civic-minded individuals dedicated to making a significant impact to the well-being of Clay and Platte Counties through a yearly donation. The Northland Giving Circle is transitioning and will not be taking applications throughout this process.

Application Timeline: Please check back for future application dates.
Contact Information: grants@growyourgiving.org


Established in 2016, the Sisters’ Circle's mission is to increase charitable giving within African American communities, to benefit African American communities in the Greater Kansas City area. Annually, the Sisters' Circle Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations meeting critical community needs.

Application Available: March 4, 2020
Application Deadline: June 12, 2020
Contact Information: sisterscirclefund@gmail.com


In keeping with the intent of Healthy Communities Wyandotte, the focus will be to fund programs that increase knowledge and action toward long-term changes that enable Wyandotte County community members to eat healthy food and be physically active. The selection committee is seeking applications that demonstrate cultural relevance, address opportunities to increase knowledge and improve the food environment or support active living through utilization of Wyandotte County’s environmental infrastructure.

Application Timeline: This opportunity is closed for 2020. Please check back for future dates.
Contact Information: Denise St. Omer, stomer@growyourgiving.org or 816.627.3417


The Mary Elizabeth Martin Scholarship Trust grants to nonprofits that have current 501(c)(3) status. Awards ranging from $500 to $3,000 may be used for charitable or educational purposes, which may include providing one or more scholarships to assist students to obtain a college or university education in the United States.

Application Timeline: 2020 Dates Coming Soon
Contact Information: grants@growyourgiving.org


The Vision Impact Power Fund was formed in 2016 to provide support to nonprofit organizations that provide programs that improve the quality of life of African Americans in the Greater Kansas City area. The Vision Impact Fund also seeks to increase charitable giving among African Americans in our community.

Application Timeline: Please check back for future application dates.
Contact Information: visionimpactpowerfund@gmail.com


Other Local Funders

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