Competitive Grant Opportunities

Competitive Grant Opportunities

Early Education Grant Fund
Established by the Early Education Funders Collaborative, the Early Education Grant Fund supports early education initiatives in the Kansas City metropolitan area that increase quality and/or access for low-income families and children of color. Projects funded by this program must demonstrate proven or promising results in preparing students to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

The purpose of the Kansas City, Missouri Branch of the American Association of University Women shall be to unite graduates of regionally accredited educational institutions in order 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 will be to further the mission of AAUW and to honor Irene Wagy. A six-member committee of AAUW oversees the Wagy Fund and makes all funding recommendations.

The American Century Investments Foundation, established in 2000, is overseen by a board of directors that establishes 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. Click here to read about American Century Investments® and its other areas of community investments.

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.

The Eastland Giving Circle (EGC) is a group of philanthropic and civic-minded individuals dedicated to making a substantive impact to the wellbeing of the eastern Jackson County, Missouri area through a yearly donation.

EGC will award a grant to one organization through this annual application process. An organization may receive this grant once in a three-year period. Grant recipients will be announced in early November. Grants are made only to non-profit organizations that are exempt from Federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and have an eastern Jackson County, Missouri presence and mailing address.

The primary focus for 2017 will be on new programs/projects supporting Children's Needs: Prenatal to Toddler. Applicants must have a REVIEWED nonprofit profile with the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. Application must be completed online through IGAM.

Welcome to the Food and Farm Communications Fund, (FFCF). In 2010, the 11th Hour Project conducted a landscape assessment of the Good Food Movement that surveyed over 200 leaders working to create resilient and robust regional food systems. One of the overarching recommendations that came out of that study was that expanding the good food movement's communications capacity must be a funding priority. As indisputable as these findings were, the challenge we all collectively face is how to expand this capacity? It is apparent that funders need to facilitate strategic communications for transformative policy change, but to date it would be hard to argue that this has been occurring in a strategic fashion.

In response to this pressing need, the FFCF established this website as an opportunity to introduce those grantseekers working in the Sustainable Food and Agriculture field to this new funding initiative. Grants from the first round of funding were made in January of 2013. We are pleased to announce our second round as a collaborative effort between The 11th hour Project,  The McKnight Foundation, and the GRACE Communications Foundation.

Founded in 1987, the Harvest Ball Society (HBS) has become the largest, not-for-profit organization devoted exclusively to raising funds for charities in the Northland. Since its inception 30 years ago, the Harvest Ball Society has distributed over 7 million dollars to many different deserving agencies. The Harvest Ball Society is focused on the most prevalent needs of the Northland. Grant applicants should address at least one of the following criteria with their program or project: hunger; basic needs such as shelter or clothing; access to healthcare including mental health and senior citizen needs. The 2015 Northland Community Needs & Health Assessment and Vision North 2010-2015 needs assessment serve as the foundation for establishing the above categories of priority needs in the Northland. 

Proceeds from the 2017 fundraising activities will be distributed to charitable agencies providing programs and services that fall into one of the above categories. In 2016 HBS awarded grants to 22 organizations.

Organized in 2002, Heartland Utilities for Energy Efficiency (HUEE) is a vehicle for participating electric and gas utilities to advance a mission for the public good "Promote energy efficiency in the Greater Kansas City marketplace through energy education, resources and actions to help assure a secure energy future for area residents”. As such, it is one of the only dues-paying local utility collaborative in the nation working together on residential energy efficiency issues. In furtherance of this mission, member utilities contribute staff time to HUEE and charitable dollars to the “Energy Efficiency Education Fund” established at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.

On an annual basis, HUEE makes grants to nonprofit organizations to implement specific education projects and seeks other community opportunities for achieving its vision of "a community that continuously strives for the intelligent use and management of its energy resources within the marketplace." To learn more about HUEE and other grant opportunities, please visit www.huee.org/grants.

The Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development fund believes that all Latino children should have access to a high quality education. Therefore, the Hispanic Development Fund is releasing a Request for Proposals that seeks to identify organizations, programs and/or projects designed to increase academic achievement as well as increase the college readiness, persistence and college graduation of Latino students in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

The Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund (HDF) is seeking applications from organizations interested in increasing the number of immigrants applying for immigration benefits regarding legal status, including, but not limited to, naturalization. HDF also seeks proposals to build a coordinated, citywide infrastructure for effective outreach to immigrant populations in the wake of major policy changes.

The Homelessness Trust Funds were established in 1988 at The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation to serve as an endowment for assistance to homeless individuals and those in danger of becoming homeless. Each year, grants are made from the interest income generated by the fund while the principal remains intact. Grants are made to organizations for distribution to eligible individuals. The original donors to the Homelessness Trust Funds placed geographic restrictions on the grants. An advisory committee oversees the funds and all grant decisions. Only one grant per eligible/selected agency will be awarded. Organizations with more than one location must determine which location will apply or how one grant may be split between the different locations.

Notice Regarding the 2017-2018 Application

In our continuing effort as a community to focus on the issues affecting systemic homelessness, we are revising the application for the Homelessness Trust Fund grant competition for 2017-2018. In the past the Fund has focused on smaller grants to multiple agencies that were offering services to aid homelessness. Moving forward, grants of $10,000 will be awarded to organizations who display innovative, sustainable approaches toward reducing homelessness in our community.

Changes to the competition will include:

  • Grants will be made at the $10,000.00 level.
  • The increase in grant awards will result in fewer grants being made in 2017-2018.
  • Agencies will be required to demonstrate that the grant will be used to implement expanded services, not replace other funds for on-going efforts.
  • The grant application will be no more than 10-15% of the current agency budget.
  • Once obtained, the grant funding will be sustainable by the agency over the next 3 years.
  • Dollars should be used in collaboration with other agencies whenever possible.
  • A portion of the awarded grant funding, no more than 20%, can be used for operational or staffing costs of the grant program.

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, fund raising and education. Impact KC receives funding from our general membership, and the fund is administered by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. Click here to view the Impact KC website. We will award one-time grants to one to four organizations through an annual application process. Generally, the range of our grants will be $5,000 to $15,000.

Mr. and Mrs. Linscomb were dedicated to helping those who, through no fault of their own, could not help themselves. 

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/or Kansas City, Missouri.

In 2017, the Kansas City Chiefs will select one organization to have the opportunity to be the beneficiary of the Chiefs Charity Game for 2018. The chosen organization will receive 90 percent of the proceeds from the Chiefs Charity Game, with the remaining 10 percent of the proceeds dedicated to the sustainability of the Chiefs Charity Game and its future beneficiaries through the Hunt Family Foundation. Annually, the game raises approximately $400,000 to $600,000. The selected recipient will be announced in 2017. 

The Kansas City region has emerged as a global leader in the new digital economy. But far too many residents are excluded from the economic, education, health, social and cultural benefits of the digital age because they haven’t adopted or don’t use the Internet at home. With a strong history of entrepreneurialism, vibrant community spirit, and development of a first-of-its-kind high speed fiber network, Kansas City is uniquely positioned to undertake high impact digital inclusion initiatives to close the region’s digital divide.

Kids Read Now partners with the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation to manage grant opportunities for school districts, helping students build a solid literacy foundation that will last a lifetime and break the cycle of poverty in our communities.

The Latina Giving Circle of Greater Kansas City (LGC) was formed in 2013 to provide support to non-profit organizations that provide 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 our community.

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

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. This request for proposals (RFP) focuses specifically on collaborative behavior health initiatives and opportunities for children/youth in the Northland. 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.

Northland Giving Circle (NGC) 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. One grant up to $30,000 is awarded yearly for a program/project that provides services that improve the lives of Clay and/or Platte county residents.

Applicants must have a REVIEWED nonprofit profile with the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. Application must be completed online through IGAM.

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 Sister’s Circle Fund provides grants to non-profit organizations meeting critical community needs.

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 our Wyandotte County community members to eat healthy food and be physically active. Applications should demonstrate cultural relevance, address opportunities to increase knowledge and improve the food environment and/or support active living through utilization of Wyandotte County’s environmental infrastructure.

The Mary Elizabeth Martin Scholarship Trust was established in 1961, and is considered a Private Foundation under section 509 (a) of the Internal Revenue Code. The trustee is required to annually distribute the net investment income to tax exempt organizations to be used for charitable or educational purposes, which may include providing one or more scholarships to assist worthy students to obtain a college or university education in the United States. The trust is administered by US Bank and the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation administers this grant competition. An advisory committee chosen by US Bank makes all grant decisions. Grants are awarded annually in August and typically range from $500-$3,000.

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.