Grants & Scholarships

Competitive Grantmaking

Have a Program That Benefits Eastern Jackson County Communities? We Want to Know About it.

THCF partners with nonprofit agencies that have a vision and passion for improving Eastern Jackson 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. 

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, 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) 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 Preservation in Missouri funding are not restricted to serving Eastern Jackson County. 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 $150,000 is available annually through the Community Grants program.

What Are The Important Dates for Community Grants in 2019?

  • THCF Grant Application Workshop: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 3:00 PM at Midwest Public Risk, 19400 E. Valley View Pkwy, Independence, MO 64055. Please RSVP to Rachael Watkins at watkins@thcf.org if you are able to attend!
  • Community Grants Applications are due Monday, April 8, 2019. 

    ***Please note that a Letter of Interest is not required. All applicants must submit a Full Applications.*** 

  • Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by early October.
  • Grant checks will be presented at the annual Grants Luncheon in November.
  • 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 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 Final Report Cover Sheet that must be included in your application if your program has previously received Community Grants funding.

How Do I Apply?

Check back early February for the 2019 Community Grants application!

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) 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 $150,000 is available annually through the Jelley Family Foundation for Children's Education.

What Are The Important Dates for Jelley Grants in 2019?

  • THCF Grant Application Workshop: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 3:00 PM at Midwest Public Risk, 19400 E. Valley View Pkwy, Independence, MO 64055. Please RSVP to Rachael Watkins at watkins@thcf.org if you are able to attend!
  • Jelley Family Foundation Grant Applications are due Monday, March 18, 2019.
    ***Please note that a Letter of Interest is not required. All applicants must submit a Full Application.***
  • Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by early July.
  • Grant checks will be presented at the annual Grants Luncheon in November.
  • 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 has previously received Jelley funding.

How Do I Apply?

Check back early February for the Jelley Family Foundation Endowment for Children's Education application for 2019!

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