Local nonprofit organizations can now sign up for grants through the Community Capital Fund’s Neighborhoods Rising Fund (NRF).
The NRF has launched its ninth annual grant cycle, offering multi-year awards for a third consecutive year. The Hall Family Foundation is serving as the largest investor for the program, which provides grants for high-impact, innovative community projects and neighborhood revitalization initiatives.
The Neighborhoods Rising Fund is a funding collaborative that helps build stronger, better-connected, and more effective neighborhood organizations in low- to moderate-income areas throughout the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area. The program serves all seven counties of the KC Metro: Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass counties in Missouri, as well as Wyandotte, Johnson, and Leavenworth counties in Kansas.
Eligible organizations, groups that reside and work in underinvested neighborhoods, can apply for a one-year, $5,000 grant to expand their programming and grow their organizations. Organizations that have completed a prior NRF project can apply for a two-year award of up to $5,000 per year ($10,000 total).
Since 2015, NRF has awarded nearly 300 grants to neighborhood organizations across the Greater Kansas City MSA, totaling over $800,000.
To be eligible for NRF funding, projects and initiatives should be created by the community and vetted through inclusive, neighborhood-wide decision-making, and resident-involvement processes. Selected projects and initiatives have ranged from public safety and cleanup initiatives to property and public space improvements, and identity-building and resource-sharing events.
Applicants can schedule a one-on-one grant review with a Community Capital Fund staff member during the last two weeks of March. For a full timeline and schedule, visit www.ccfkansascity.org/programnrf.