Harvest Ball Society

Fund Description: 

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 2018 fundraising activities will be distributed to charitable agencies providing programs and services that fall into one of the above categories. In 2017, HBS awarded grants to 27 organizations.

Contact Person: 
Please send questions to info@harvestballsociety.org


Application Deadline:
The 2019 deadline and application timeline have not been published. Please check back for updates.

Who May Apply: Tax exempt 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1) organizations serving Clay or Platte Counties.

Restrictions - Harvest Ball Society will NOT fund:

  • Individual needs
  • Scholarships
  • Capital campaign requests
  • Any multi-year funding commitment
  • Private foundations
  • Organizations that restrict choices or limit options
  • Political parties, candidates, issues or political activities
  • Bricks and mortar
  • Programs primarily established for evangelical purposes

Programs of religion or ethnicity that provide services to anyone regardless of race, religion or ethnicity will be considered for funding.

Grant Application Timeline:

  • March 1, 2018: Applications available online through the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation internet Grant Application Module (iGAM).
  • June 30, 2018: Application must be completed online and submitted by 5 p.m. CST on this date. If you cannot meet the deadline you are invited to apply next year.
  • September, 2018:  The 2018 grant recipients will be selected and notified.  The grant amount will be determined at the conclusion of all fundraising activities.
  • If selected to receive funding, HBS is requesting a date for a site visit (no more than one hour for 10-12 HBS members) where you will share more about your organization. HBS wants to better identify with those organizations it serves, and to be able to help tell your story to the community. 
  • January 2019; Grants will be awarded at the Annual Meeting of the Harvest Ball Society, which is held during the last two weeks of January 2018.

Procedures for Grant Seekers:
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.

Click here to access the 2018 Harvest Ball Society Grant Application.

  • First-time iGAM users will need to create a username 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.


2017 Grant Recipients

  • Assistance League of KC
  • A Turning Point Ministry, Inc
  • Clay County Clothes Closet
  • Family Conservancy, The
  • Farmers House Inc, The
  • Feed Northland Kids
  • Good Samaritan Center of Excelsior Springs
  • Hillcrest Hope Ministries
  • Hillcrest Platte County
  • Hillside Opening Possibilities for Everyone, Inc (HOPE.wrx)
  • Life Unlimited (formerly Concerned Care and Immacolata Manor)
  • Love INC
  • Miles of Smiles
  • Northland Assistance Center
  • Northland Christmas Store
  • Northland Health Care Access
  • Northland Meals on Wheels
  • Northland Neighborhoods Inc
  • Platte Senior Services
  • Salvation Army, The
  • Shepherds Center of the Northland
  • Southern Platte Emergency Assistance Center (SPEAC)
  • St. Charles Food Pantry
  • Synergy Services Inc
  • Tri-County Community Mental Health Services Inc