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.

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

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.

Applicants must have a REVIEWED nonprofit profile with the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. Application must be completed online through the internet Grant Application Manager (IGAM).

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. Link to 2017 NCF Needs Assessment:       

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:

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

Procedures for Grant Seekers: 
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

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 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 strongly encouraged to create a single username and password for the 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.

The grant application for the Northland Community Foundation can be found here: Northland Community Foundation Application.