Competitive Grant Opportunities

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

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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.

Trust requirements limit funding to public charities in the five-county greater Kansas City area: Clay, Platte and Jackson counties in Missouri, and Wyandotte and Johnson counties in Kansas.

The Wagy Fund gives preference to agencies located in Kansas City, Missouri.

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 Black and African-American communities in Greater Kansas City for over 35 years.

The Children's Services Fund of Jackson County will make a total of $10 million available in 2020 to nonprofit organizations for services that protect the well-being and safety of children and youth aged nineteen years or younger and residing in Jackson County, Missouri, and to strengthen their families.

The Clay County Children’s Services Fund was created in 2017 following voter approval of a designated one-quarter of a cent sales tax pursuant to RSMo 67.1775 and RSMo 210.861. A 9-member board of directors appointed by the Clay County Commission administers the Fund and its operations.

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 or mailing address.

Launched in 2012, the Food and Farm Communications Fund is a multi-funder collaborative and pooled grant program organized around a shared belief in the role of strategic communications and narrative to build power and embolden transformative 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 narrative and further the goals of the grassroots and their allies. The Fund also seeks to influence increased funding and prioritization of communications as an essential tool in movement-building and systems change.

In 2018, the Fund undertook an evaluation to learn from its history, better understand the communications needs and priorities of its grantee population, and to adjust its program offerings for deepened impact. To learn more about the findings of this evaluation, read Funding Food and Farm Communications.

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. 

Organized in 2002, Heartland Utilities for Energy Efficiency (HUEE) represents electric and gas utilities in the Kansas City region. Its purpose is to promote energy efficiency through energy education, resources, and actions to help assure a secure energy future for area residents. The HUEE board will review all requests for funding.

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

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 Homelessness Trust Fund was 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. Grants are made annually to organizations for distribution to eligible individuals residing in Kansas City, Missouri, and/or Jackson County, Missouri. An advisory committee oversees the funds and all grant decisions.

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 2020, the Kansas City Chiefs will select one organization to have the opportunity to be the beneficiary of the Chiefs Charity Game for 2021.  The chosen organization will receive 90% of the proceeds from the Chiefs Charity Game, with the remaining 10% 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 - $600,000.

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.

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.

The Metro Kansas City Census Equity Fund is a regional initiative established by a coalition of private and public foundations to maximize participation in the 2020 Census by supporting community-based efforts to educate, engage and mobilize residents who are likely to be hard-to-count.

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.

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.

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.