Northland Community Foundation
The Northland Community Foundation (NCF), an affiliate of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, seeks to improve the quality of life in the Northland by increasing charitable giving, connecting donors to community needs they care about and providing leadership on critical community issues. By using an RFP approach, NCF aims to solicit the best thinking of nonprofit organizations, public sector agencies, research institutions, and other entities serving Clay and Platte counties.
- Application Launch: September 6, 2023
- Application Deadline: October 25, 2023, 5:00 pm CST
- Zoom calls with finalists the week of November 13
- Award Announcements: By December 30, 2023
Grants are made only to organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation, public agencies, collaborations of nonprofits and public agencies, or other entities that have a charitable purpose with a significant Clay and/or Platte County, Missouri presence.
Grant Range: Grants ranging from $10,000 to $49,000 will be considered.
NCF released a Community Needs Assessment in March 2023. Following a rigorous research process in partnership with several organizations and entities in the Northland, the completed Community Needs Assessment pinpoints gaps in the community ecosystem, and identifies opportunities where investments of philanthropic dollars will have the greatest potential to make measurable differences in the community which are:
- Mental and behavioral health.
- Growing needs of a rapidly expanding senior population.
- Limited availability of childcare/early childhood education.
- Limited transportation access/infrastructure.
NCF seeks opportunities for the donors it represents to make lasting contributions to the community in one or more of the above areas.
Procedures for Grant Seekers:
NCF will grant to an organization or organizations making an impact in one or more of the four issue areas identified in the 2023 Community Needs Assessment. Organizations interested in receiving funding from NCF in 2023 are invited to submit a one-two page request including:
1. A brief history of the organization and its impact in Clay and/or Platte Counties.
2. A description of how the organization is addressing or could address one or more of the four issues presented in the 2023 Community Needs Assessment. Descriptions should include:
- Identification of the need or needs addressed.
- Specific project activities, innovative and effective strategies to address the need(s).
- Intended impact, including meaningful benchmarks and indicators of success.
- The organizational capacity to implement this project – including expertise, staffing, partnerships and leadership, operational and fiscal management.
- Ability to leverage financial, human, and technical resources leading to a greater impact.
Please include a copy of your organization’s annual budget, and your most recent IRS form 990.
All applications must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m. CST on the due date through the online grant application.
Following review of all submitted applications, NCF will schedule Zoom interviews with 5-6 finalist organizations to better understand their requests prior to making final award decisions. If selected as a finalist, interviews will likely take place during daytime hours the week of November 13.
NCF will not provide grants for:
- Individual Needs
- Capital campaign requests
- Social, labor, veterans, alumni or fraternal organizations
- Political causes, candidates or legislative lobbying efforts
- Budget deficits or debt reductions
- Recreational sporting events or athletic teams
- Religious organizations, unless they are engaged in a significant project that is nonsectarian and benefits a broad base in the community
- Multi-year funding
- Bricks and mortar
Grantees will be expected to meet NCF’s requirements for a final financial and narrative report as well as a presentation to community foundation staff and the NCF Advisory Board if requested. Grantees may be asked to participate in periodic meetings to share information on project activities and best practices.
Click the Apply button to the right to begin the application
If this is your first time accessing the application software, please click the Register button in the upper right hand corner. If you are a first time user, but your organization has an application account, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 816.627.3452 to be added to your organization's account.
For technical assistance with the application process or questions about the transition, please contact email@example.com or 816.627.3452.