Jackson County Community Children's Services Fund

Fund Description: 

The Jackson County Community Children’s Services Fund 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.

Contact Person: 
Rob Whitten, rob@jacokids.org


Fund Description:

The Jackson County Community Children’s Services Fund (JCCCSF or the Fund) 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.

Fund Background:

The JCCCSF was created in 2017, enabled by Missouri Statutes (RSMo 210.860-861 and RSMo 67.1775.1), voter approval of a designated eighth of a cent sales tax in November 2016, and Jackson County Ordinance 4951, which was approved by the Legislature on January 17, 2017. Collection of the tax began in April and is approved until March 31, 2024, unless Jackson County voters re-authorize the tax before that date. A 9-member board of directors appointed by the Jackson County Executive governs the Fund and its operations.

2020 Funding Priorities:

In keeping with the services cited in enabling legislation, and using available data specific to Jackson County, community health assessments, and interviews with service providers, funders and consumers, the JCCCSF Board prioritized 4 areas and seeks to award contracts that will address unmet needs and improve outcomes for the following service categories:

  • Up to 30 days of temporary shelter for abused, neglected, runaway, homeless or emotionally disturbed youth
  • Home- and community-based family intervention programs
  • Prevention programs which promote healthy lifestyles among children and youth and strengthen families
  • Individual, group, or family professional counseling and therapy services

Organizations that are not current recipients of JCCCSF funds are eligible to apply for 2020 funding during this opportunity. Applicants may choose a funding timeline of January 1 through December 31, 2020 or July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

2020 Funding Goal:

The Fund will assist agencies to increase, expand, improve, and/or initiate services that protect the well-being and safety of children and youth aged nineteen years or younger and strengthen their families.

Children under the age of 18 make up 23% (165,286) of the population in Jackson County, and according to the 2018 Missouri Kids Count County Composite, Jackson County ranks 105th out of 114 counties in terms of the welfare of children. Driving this ranking are indicators such as substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect, infant mortality rate and child deaths, preventable hospitalizations, runaway youth, children under 18 in poverty, food insecurity, and youth using drugs or alcohol. The scale of the circumstances is evident by the data below:

  • 32% of children under 6 and 25% of children between 6 and 17 are living in poverty.
  • 4% of the children enrolled in District or Charter schools were reported as homeless in 2016.
  • 6,682 incidents of domestic violence were reported in 2014.
  • 460 children were involved in substantiated cases of child abuse or neglect in 2016.
  • 2,720 children and youth received clinical services from the Division of Behavioral health psychiatric programs in 2015.
  • 228 children and youth were admitted to the division of Behavioral Health substance use treatment programs in 2015.

A recent report prepared for the Children and Youth Project Team of the Homelessness Task Force of Greater Kansas City indicated that needs of children in the community exceed the available resources. In order to better meet the needs of the children and youth in Jackson County, the JCCCSF was established.

Pursuant to RSMo 210.861, the JCCCSF is able to fund:

1. Up to 30 days of temporary shelter for abused, neglected, runaway, homeless or emotionally disturbed youth; respite care services; and services to unwed mothers.

2. Outpatient chemical dependency and psychiatric treatment programs;

  • counseling and related services as a part of transitional living programs;
  • home-based and community- based family intervention programs;
  • unmarried parent services; crisis intervention services, inclusive of telephone hotlines;
  • and prevention programs, which promote healthy lifestyle among children and youth and strengthen families.

3. Individual, group, or family professional counseling and therapy services; psychological evaluations; and mental health screenings.

Examples of services that could be funded through the JCCCSF include, but are not limited to:

  • Temporary shelter for children and youth
  • Counseling and in-home case management
  • Parent education
  • Family intervention programs
  • Home-based family interventions
  • Community-based family interventions
  • Abuse prevention programming

The following are ineligible costs and activities for the JCCCSF:

  • Inpatient medical, psychiatric, and chemical dependency services;
  • Transportation services;
  • Capital campaigns, construction and building expenses.


  • Application available online Monday, July 8, 2019

  • Optional information sessions were held in July. Please click here to view the PowerPoint.

  • Optional Application Training Session, Tuesday, July 23, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at Penntower, 3100 Broadway Blvd. Kansas City, Missouri, Room 132.  Please register for this session with Sue Richter (sue@jacokids.org)

  • Application questions may be submitted through July 31, 2019. Application questions may be directed to Rob Whitten at rob@jacokids.org.

  • Technical assistance with the online grant application is available through the deadline. Please contact grants@growyourgiving.org or call 816.627.3452.

  • Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. CST on Monday, August 12, 2019.

  • Funding decisions will be made in November 2019. Some applicants will be invited to present their proposal before the Fund's Board of Directors on October 21 and/or 22, 2019.

Each organization is limited to one project application during this round.

Program requests may not exceed $250,000 ($300,000 per year for Transitional Living requests).

Online Application: 

In order to better serve funders and grantees, we are transitioning to new application software. We appreciate your patience during this transition. For technical assistance with the application process or questions about the transition, please contact grants@growyourgiving.org or 816.627.3452.

Click here to access the online application.

If this is your first time accessing the application software, please click the Register button in the upper right hand corner. If you are a first time user, but your organization has an application account, please contact grants@growyourgiving.org or 816.627.3452 to be added to your organization.

2019 Approved Contracts:

The Board of the Jackson County Community Children’s Services Fund thanks all who participated in the Fund’s 2019 Request for Proposals. From the number and thoughtfulness of the applications, it was apparent that there are many agencies keenly interested in improving the lives of children and youth at risk in Jackson County.  The applications received allowed the Fund to recommend awards to expand or improve services for children throughout the county.

Below are the agencies whose projects received funding to provide services between January 1 and December 31 of 2019:

Amethyst Place, Inc.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City
Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St Joseph, Inc.
Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA)
Child Protection Center, Inc.
Children's Mercy Hospital
Children's Place, Inc., The
Community LINC
Community Services League
Cornerstones of Care
Drumm Center For Children Inc
Evangelical Childrens Home
First Call Alcohol/Drug Prevention & Recovery
Foster Adopt Connect Inc.
Front Porch Alliance-Kansas City, Inc.
Great Circle
Hope House, Inc.
Jackson County CASA
Jewish Family Services of Greater Kansas City
Jewish Vocational Service Bureau of Kansas City
Kansas City CARE Clinic
KC Healthy Kids
Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA)
Mother's Refuge
Newhouse, Inc.
Operation Breakthrough, Inc.
Police Athletic League of Kansas City, Inc.
reStart, Inc.
Sheffield Place
St Luke's Hospital Of Kansas City
Start at Zero
Swope Health Services
The Family Conservancy
The Salvation Army Children's Shelter
United Way Of Greater Kansas City Inc
Youth Ambassadors, Inc.