Black Community Fund Grants

Fund Description: 

Black Community Fund (BCF) grants provide support to enhance the socio-economic aspects of the African-American community in the Greater Kansas City area.

Established as a fund at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation by the Hall Family Foundation in 1983, the Black Community Fund has been investing in the African-American community in Greater Kansas City for over 30 years. The Black Community Fund became an affiliate of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation in 2007.

Contact Person: 
Pat Macdonald / blackcommunityfund@growyourgiving.org / 816.268.3296


Grant Restrictions and Requirements:
If your organization has never applied to the Black Community Fund, please call 816.268.3296 before applying to help determine if your project is a good fit for this opportunity. To be considered a potential grantee, an organization must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and demonstrate a programmatic focus on improving the quality of life of African-Americans in the Greater Kansas City region through one of the following areas:

  • Health Care
  • Education
  • Youth Development

The BCF Board of Directors will also give consideration to a vital Community Enhancement, that which will have positive long-term impact and/or is affecting systemic change – please call to discuss your Community Enhancement concept before submitting.

Does Not Support:
While requests to support special events are discouraged, the following types of grants will not be considered:

  • Grants to endowments or to consultants that help prepare, create and build endowments
  • Reduction or liquidation of existing debt
  • Capital expenditures
  • Scholarships or grants to individuals
  • Annual appeals or fundraising drives, membership contributions and conference expenses

Grant Range:
Grants usually range in size from $500 to $10,000. No organization shall have more than one active grant or grant request with the Black Community Fund at any time. In general, the Black Community Fund will not be the sole or primary funder of a proposed project or organization.

Deadline(s):
Organizations may only submit a request for funding of a specific program once per year.  If the request was not funded, the Organization may submit a new application for a different program within the same year. Organizations with active grants may not reapply until final reports on the active grant have been submitted.

The Black Community Fund has the following deadlines:

  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 5:00 p.m. (Applications reviewed in March)
  • Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 5:00 p.m. (Applications reviewed in September)

Procedures for Grant Seekers:
Review your organization's Nonprofit Profile to ensure that all information is current. For questions about updating your profile or having REVIEWED status, please contact the Donor Relations and Education Team at nonprofitsearch@growyourgiving.org or 816.842.0388.

All applications must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m. CST on the due date through the internet grant application module (iGAM).

Application/iGAM Instructions:
Please read the grant guidelines and application instructions in their entirety before you begin an application. If you have technical questions relating to iGAM, please contact grants@growyourgiving.org or call 816.627.3452.

  • First-time iGAM users will need to create a user name and password via the “New Applicant?” link on the iGAM homepage. Previous iGAM users may log in using their existing iGAM account credentials.
  • Users are encouraged to create a single username and password for their organization to be shared among staff.
  • If you have forgotten your password, use the “Forgot Password?” field to recover your password.
  • Save the iGAM homepage to your web browser in order to access and resume draft applications as well as to review previously submitted applications.

The grant application for the Black Community Fund can be found here: Black Community Fund Grant Application