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Competitive Grantmaking

Have a Program That Benefits Our Region? We Want to Know About it.

Truman Heartland partners with nonprofit agencies that have a vision and passion for improving Eastern Jackson County, suburban Jackson County, and Cass County communities. Our grants are investments in our area, and we look for a big return on the investments. We search for ways to leverage additional funding and resources to make grants of impact across the region.

2 Grant Programs Available

There are two separate grants programs available through THCF, the Community Grants program and the Jelley Family Foundation Endowment for Children’s Education.

Applicants may apply for both the Community Grants program and the Jelley Family Foundation Endowment for Children’s Education, but not with the same proposal. 

Application Webinar

 

Ready to Apply?

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Important Dates for 2021 

Jelley Family Foundation for Children's Education 
Application Due Date: Monday, March 15 
 
Community Grants 
Application Due Date: Monday, March 29
 

General Operating Support Grants

THCF is committed to supporting our nonprofit community, and we recognize the financial and operational strain that the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on nonprofits. Therefore, we will continue to accept applications for general operating support through our competitive grantmaking programs.

Community Grants Program

What Kinds of Proposals Does the Community Grants Program Fund?

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.

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 (defined as East of I-435), suburban Jackson County, 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 proposals. 

Organizations applying for Wildlife Conservation in Missouri funding are not restricted to serving Eastern Jackson County, suburban Jackson County outside of Kansas City, or Cass County. Wildlife Conservation applications from across the state of Missouri are encouraged.

Programs are eligible for Community Grants funding for up to three consecutive years. After three years of funding have been awarded for the same program, that program becomes ineligible for one year. Applicants are still eligible to submit proposals for different programs. Exceptions to this rule will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

What Is A Typical Community Grants Award Amount?

The average Community Grants award is $5,000. Approximately $190,000 is available annually through the Community Grants program.

What Are The Important Dates for Community Grants in 2021?

  • Competitive Grants Application Webinar: Join us for a live format webinar to learn about grant application requirements, deadline and more before applying for funding through our competitive grants program.
    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 1:00 PM
    Registration Closed due to capacity.
  • Second Session of Competitive Grants Application Webinar: 
    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 10:00 AM
    Register Now!
  • Community Grants Applications are due Monday, March 29, 2021.
  • 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 students participate our Community Grants program each year. Students review grant proposals serving children and families and make site visits to applicant organizations during June and July. Then, they provide their valuable insights to the THCF Grants Committee. YAC also awards annual grants from its own Endowment Fund as part of our Community Grants program. 

If your proposal is focused on serving children or families, we may reach out to you to ask if you would be willing to host a site visit (may be in-person or virtual, depending on COVID-19) to discuss your grant proposals with our Youth Advisory Council members. This is entirely optional and will not affect your funding status if you choose to decline. 

What Does The Application Include?

Click HERE to preview the Community Grants Grant Application. Please note this application is subject to change.

Click HERE to download the Grant Application Program Budget Sheet that must be included in your application. 

Please click HERE to download the Community Grants Report Cover Sheet. This form should be used to create an interim report that must be included in your application if your program is currently using Community Grants funding as well as for submitting final reports for previous grant awards. 

How Do I Apply?

Click Here to Apply!

Jelley Family Foundation Endowment for Children’s Education

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

Applications for Jelley Family Foundation Endowment for Children's Education must be focused 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, or that are collaborative with other organizations are encouraged.

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 (defined as East of I-435), suburban Jackson County, and Cass County are eligible to apply for Jelley Family Foundation funding. 

Programs are eligible for Jelley Family Foundation grant funding for up to three consecutive years. After three years of funding have been awarded for the same program, that program becomes ineligible for one year. Applicants are still eligible to submit proposals for different programs. Exceptions to this rule will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

What Is A Typical Jelley Grant Award Amount?

The average Jelley Grant award is $5,000. Approximately $125,000 is available annually through the Jelley Family Foundation for Children's Education.

What Are The Important Dates for Jelley Grants in 2021?

  • Competitive Grants Application Webinar: Join us for a live format webinar to learn about grant application requirements, deadline and more before applying for funding through our competitive grants program.
    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 1:00 PM
    Registration closed due to capacity.
  • Second Session of Competitive Grants Application Webinar: 
    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 10:00 AM
    Register Now!
  • Jelley Family Foundation Grant Applications are due Monday, March 15, 2021.
  • 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 preview the Jelley Family Foundation Endowment for Children's Education Grant Application. Please note that this application is subject to change. 

Click HERE to download the Grant Application Program Budget Sheet that must be included in your application. 

Click HERE to download the Jelley Family Foundation Grant Final Report Cover Sheet that must be included in your application if your program is currently using Jelley Grant funding as well as for submitting final reports for previous grant awards.

How Do I Apply?

Click Here to Apply!

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