Northland Community Foundation Grants

Fund Description: 

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.

Contact Person: 
Gwen Wurst, 816.627.3446,


Application Deadline: February 6, 2020

Grants are made only to organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation, public agencies, collaborations of nonprofits and public agencies, or other entities that have a charitable purpose with a Clay or Platte County, Missouri presence AND mailing address.

Grant Range:  Grants ranging from $10,000 to $51,900 will be considered.

The NCF Advisory Board will evaluate grant proposals on a competitive basis and consider the following criteria:

  • Innovative and effective strategies for creating sustainable charitable programs/projects in Clay and Platte Counties.
  • Clarity of project description and project activities.
  • Meaningful benchmarks and indicators of success.
  • Organizational capacity to implement project – including expertise, staffing and leadership, operational and fiscal management.
  • Ability to leverage financial, human, and technical resources leading to a greater impact (collaborative effort).

Preference will be given to organizations with a primary focus in one of the following areas of interest:

  • Aging
  • Community Development
  • Education/Youth Services
  • Health and Life Science
  • Social Services

NCF will not provide grants for:

  • Individual Needs
  • Scholarships
  • Capital campaign requests
  • Social, labor, veterans, alumni or fraternal organizations
  • Political causes, candidates or legislative lobbying efforts
  • Budget deficits or debt reductions
  • Recreational sporting events or athletic teams
  • Religious organizations, unless they are engaged in a significant project that is nonsectarian and benefits a broad base in the community
  • Multi-year funding
  • Bricks and mortar

The 2017 Northland Community Foundation Needs Assessment and the 2015 Northland Community Needs & Health Assessment will serve as the foundation for establishing the above categories of priority needs in the Northland.    

Grantees will be expected to meet NCF’s requirements for a final financial and narrative report as well as a presentation to community foundation staff and the NCF Advisory Board if requested.  Grantees may be asked to participate in periodic meetings to share information on project activities and best practices.

Important Dates:

  • Application Launch: January 6, 2020
  • Application Deadline: February 6, 2020
  • Award Announcements: May 1, 2020

Online Application:

All applications must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m. CST on the due date through the online grant application. The online application may be accessed here.

For technical assistance with the application process or questions about the transition, please contact or 816.627.3452.