Jacob L. and Ella C. Loose Foundation

Fund Description: 

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.

Contact Person: 
Gwen Wurst / wurst@growyourgiving.org / 816.627.3446

In keeping with the intent of Mr. and Mrs. Loose, the Loose Foundation’s focus will be funding programs that support the direct delivery of human or social service to poor and needy children and families. Programs that provide services other than human or social services are not eligible for funding and will not be considered.

Mandatory Loose Grant Information Sessions:

Information sessions were held in April and May. The PowerPoint presentation may be found here.


The application will be available online Tuesday, April 30, 2019.
The application deadline is Friday, June 28, 2019.

Grant Restrictions and Requirements:
The following restrictions apply to the Loose Foundation:

  • Grant applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations.
  • Applicants must attend a Loose Foundation grant information session to be eligible to apply. The sessions will be announced in 2019.  Please see above for time and registration information.
  • Applicants must demonstrate that the majority of the program clients/beneficiaries are residents of Jackson County and/or Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Applicants must have a REVIEWED nonprofit profile.

The Loose Foundation does not fund the following:

  • Any component of a capital campaign, endowment campaign or annual fund drive
  • Grants for debt reduction
  • Grants to individuals, including scholarships

The geographical focus of the Loose Foundation is limited to Jackson County and/or Kansas City, Missouri. Organizations must clearly demonstrate that the majority of the program clients/beneficiaries are residents of Jackson County and/or Kansas City, Missouri.

Grant Range:
One year grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000.

Other Important Information:
Applications are reviewed on an annual basis by the grants committee, who make recommendations to the full board of the Loose Foundation for final approval. The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation is available to assist organizations by providing feedback on grant applications prior to their submission. The Loose Foundation strongly encourages applicants to request feedback on grant applications prior to their submission. Applicants who are interested should contact 816.627.3444 or grants@growyourgiving.org to schedule a feedback call with Community Foundation staff. Feedback calls should be requested at least two weeks prior to the application deadline.

Procedures for Grant Seekers:
Applicants must have a REVIEWED nonprofit profile. 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 816.842.0388 or nonprofitsearch@growyourgiving.org.


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.