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Competitive Grantmaking

Does Your Organization Have a Program That Benefits Our Region? 

Truman Heartland Community Foundation competitive grants are made possible primarily by funds set up by donor bequests and wills. THCF invests in nonprofit organizations that strive to improve the lives of people living, working, and serving in our suburban Eastern Jackson and Cass County communities. Our grant awards are investments in the region, helping fulfill our mission to improve lives by promoting and serving private giving for the public good. We continually explore options to leverage additional funding and resources to award grants of impact throughout the area.

THCF is committed to supporting our nonprofit community, and we recognize the financial and operational strain that nonprofits may experience at times. Therefore, we provide the opportunity for agencies to apply for either general operating funding or program/project (including capital and equipment) through our two competitive grantmaking programs. 

It is important to remember that grants must benefit the residents and communities within the THCF service area. Suburban Eastern Jackson County encompasses communities east of I-435 and outside of Kansas City proper. THCF also serves Cass County communities. Here is a helpful zip code map that may assist you in determining if your service, program, or project qualifies.

Two Grant Programs Available

There are two separate grant programs available through THCF, the Community Grants program and the Jelley Family Foundation Endowment for Children's Education. Eligible applicants may apply for both the Community Grants and the Jelley Family Foundation programs, but not with the same proposal or for the same project or service.
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Important Dates for 2023

Competitive Grants Application Workshop: 
February 9, 2023, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m
Midwest Public Risk - 19400 E Valley View Pkwy, Independence, MO 64055
 
Jelley Family Foundation for Children's Education
Application Due Date: Monday, March 13, 2023
 
Community Grants
Application Due Date: Monday, March 27, 2023
 

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Community Grants Program

What Does the Community Grants Program Fund?

Grants must be written in support of communities within the THCF service area: Eastern Jackson County (East of I-435) in Missouri, suburban Jackson County (outside of KC metro), and Cass County. Funding requests are for activities that will take place in the next fiscal year. It is preferred that requests have a start date of November/December of the current year OR begin in January of the following year. 

Applications to the Community Grants program must address one or more of the following issues:

  • Arts, Culture, and Historic Preservation
  • Adult or Non-Traditional Education (not Children's Education)
  • Community Betterment (improving neighborhoods, youth development and leadership, programs for seniors, transportation, violence prevention, racial equity, etc.)
  • Health and Human Services
  • Wildlife Conservation in Missouri – open to agencies statewide 

Is My Organization Eligible to Apply?

Organizations that are 501(c)3 nonprofits, units of local government, or public education institutions located in or serving individuals or communities in Eastern Jackson County (East of I-435), suburban Jackson County (outside KC), and Cass County are eligible to apply for Community Grants funding for Arts, Culture, and Historic Preservation, Adult or Non-Traditional Education, Community Betterment, and Health and Human Services. 

Organizations applying for Wildlife Conservation in Missouri funding are not restricted to serving the aforementioned THCF region. Wildlife Conservation applications from across the state of Missouri are encouraged.

Programs, projects, and general operating grant awards are eligible for funding for up to three consecutive years. A new application must be submitted each year. After three consecutive years of funding (program/general operating), the organization becomes ineligible for one year. However, applicants are still eligible to submit proposals for different programs/services; exceptions to this rule will be evaluated case by case.

What Is A Typical Community Grants Award Amount?

The average Community Grants award is $5,000 - $7,000. Approximately $250,000 - $300,000 is available annually through the Community Grants program.

What Are The Important Dates for Community Grants in 2023?

  • Competitive Grants Application Workshop: 
    February 9, 2023, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m
    Midwest Public Risk - 19400 E Valley View Pkwy, Independence, MO 64055
  • Community Grants Applications are due Monday, March 27, 2023.
    Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by early October.
    Grant checks will be issued in November at our annual Grants Luncheon.
  • All recipient organizations must submit a written final report to THCF at the conclusion of the program funded or twelve months from the date of the award. 

Youth Advisory Council Grant Evaluations

THCF's Youth Advisory Council (YAC) students participate in our Community Grants program each year. Students review Community Grant proposals that serve the communities where they live and go to school. YAC members conduct site visits to applicant organizations during June and July. The members then share their findings and provide recommendations to THCF's Grants Committee. YAC also uses these site visits to determine to whom they will award their annual grants from The Youth Advisory Council Endowment fund. 

If your proposal proceeds through the first round of reviews, your agency may be asked if it is willing to host a site visit to discuss your grant proposals with our Youth Advisory Council members. This is entirely optional and will not affect final grant award decisions if you choose to decline.

What Does the Application Include?

  • Click HERE to download a Grants Budget Sheet that must be included in your application. 
  • Click HERE to download a Grants Report Form. This form should be used to create an interim report that must be included with your application if your program is currently using THCF Community Grant funding. This form will also be required for submitting final grant reports.
  • Here is a SAMPLE of information requested on the Community Grants application.

Jelley Family Foundation Endowment for Children’s Education

What Does the Jelley Family Foundation Endowment for Children's Education Fund?

Applications for Jelley Family Foundation Endowment for Children's Education must focus on educational initiatives for children, ranging from early childhood through traditional post-secondary education. Proposals that take an innovative approach to education, focus on at-risk youth, and are collaborative with other organizations are encouraged. It is preferred that requests have a start date of November/December of the current year OR begin in January of the following year.  

Is My Organization Eligible To Apply?

Organizations that are 501(c)3 nonprofits, units of local government, or public education institutions located in or serving individuals or communities in Eastern Jackson County (East of I-435), Missouri, suburban Jackson County (outside KC), and Cass County are eligible to apply for Jelley Family Foundation funds.

Programs, projects, and general operating grant awards through the Jelly Family Foundation are eligible for funding for up to three consecutive years. A new application must be submitted each year. After three consecutive years of funding (program/general operating), the organization becomes ineligible for one year, which means that an agency cannot request funds for that specific program, project, or operating dollars the following year. However, applicants are still eligible to submit proposals for different programs or services. Exceptions to this rule will be evaluated case by case.

What Is A Typical Jelley Grant Award Amount?

The average Jelley Grant award is $5,000 - $10,000. More than $140,000 is available annually through the Jelley Family Foundation for Children's Education.

What Are The Important Dates for Jelley Grants in 2022?

  • Competitive Grants Application Workshop: 
    February 9, 2023, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m
    Midwest Public Risk - 19400 E Valley View Pkwy, Independence, MO 64055
  • Jelley Family Foundation Grant Applications are due Monday, March 13, 2023
    Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by early July
    Grant checks will be issued in November at our annual Grants Luncheon.
  • All recipient organizations must submit a written final report to THCF at the conclusion of the program funded or twelve months from the date of the award. 

What Does the Application Include?

  • Click HERE to download a Grants Budget Sheet that must be included in your application. 
  • Click HERE to download a Grants Report Form. This form should be used to create an interim report that must be included with your application if your program is currently using Jelley Family Foundation funding. This form will also be required for submitting final grant reports.
  • Here is a SAMPLE of information requested on the Jelley Family Foundation application.

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