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).

Applications for the grant cycle are due March 31, and awards will be announced May 5.

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.