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Regional Grants

Below is a list of regional grants by topic.

Arts and Humanities Grants

Francis Family Foundation
To be eligible for a Small Arts Grant, an organization must be located within the greater Kansas City area (60-mile radius); a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charity with a federal Employer Identification Number, or partner with another organization that can serve as a fiscal sponsor; and an arts organization with annual revenues of less than $300,000 last fiscal year, or a non-arts organization – regardless of budget size or mission – with a community-based arts program that provides access to arts and culture opportunities in traditional and non-traditional sites throughout the greater Kansas City area. The application deadline is August 31. The Francis Family Foundation’s areas of interest not specific to the Kansas City region are pulmonary research and lifelong learning with a particular emphasis on early childhood development.

Missouri Humanities Council
The Missouri Humanities Council award grants to non-profit organizations in support of locally generated programs. The Council provides grants for activities designed principally for adults in Missouri, particularly projects that help humanities institutions improve their programming and interpretive practices, and institutes and conferences for teachers. Grants are awarded by MHC board members in open competition, with multiple submission and review dates each year.

Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation
This private foundation's mission is to support programs that contribute to the quality and accessibility of the performing and visual arts in the greater Kansas City region. Grants fund general operations, program support, specific productions, fundraising events, and capital campaigns. Grant proposals are accepted from current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations, and are reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Health-related Grants

Jewish Heritage Foundation of Greater Kansas City
The Jewish Heritage Foundation provides grant opportunities “to promote health and well being in the Greater Kansas City area, with a priority to serve the Jewish community.” Grants are awarded to current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations, as defined by the Internal Revenue Service. The application deadline is March 1.

Menorah Legacy Foundation
This Foundation supports programs that foster the delivery, quality, or affordability of healthcare or healthcare-related social services in the Kansas City area’s Jewish community. Three grant categories exist with application deadlines of March 1 and January 15.

General Grants

Bess Spiva Timmons Foundation
This Foundation was established by Bess Spiva Timmons in 1967 “to enable her children and grandchildren to carry on an already existing program of assistance in the areas of education, health, medical research, the arts, and programs with emphasis to benefit minority groups, social services, and ecology.” The Foundation accepts grant proposals from organizations in the United States west of the Mississippi River. Grants range to $10,000. No application deadline is stated.

Edward G. and Kathryn E. Mader Foundation
The Edward G. and Kathryn E. Mader Foundation supports the health, education and welfare of children in Greater Kansas City. The Foundation accepts grant applications from 501(c)(3) nonprofits in the Greater Kansas City area. Awards typically range from $5,000 to $30,000. Applications are accepted from March 1 to May 1 of each year.

Hall Family Foundation
The Hall Family Foundation concentrates its philanthropic efforts in the Kansas City area. Grants fund programs and organizations dedicated to education; children, youth, and families; the arts; and community development. Grants are made to charitable organizations, which qualify as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. No application deadline is stated.

Helen S. Boylan Foundation
This Foundation funds organizations and programs working within the Kansas City Metro region. The Foundation considers a wide range of proposals within the following areas: arts, education, health, human services, environment, and public interest. Grants are awarded to non-profit charitable organizations that are tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or to public governmental units. Applications are considered four times per year; and must be received by March 31, June 30, September 30, or December 31.

The Sosland Foundation
“The Sosland Foundation awards grants in a broad area called social welfare to address the issues related to poverty in the United States specifically in Kansas City. We support programs that promote self-reliance and economic independence and positively contribute to the quality of life for the underserved.” Grants are awarded to I.R.S. Section 501(c)(3) approved organizations in the Kansas City area. The grant review committee meets quarterly; grants range from $1000 to $5000.

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