The 2018 NRF application period will open Jan 1, 2018.
The Neighborhoods Rising Fund (NRF) is a funding collaborative that annually provides grants up to $3,000 for community projects and neighborhood revitalization initiatives that help build stronger and more effective neighborhood organizations in low to moderate income areas throughout the Greater Kansas City region.
The NRF is generously funded by the Hallmark Corporate Foundation, Hall Family Foundation, AltCap, Sosland Foundation, Dunn Family Foundation, Sprint, Commerce Bank, US Bank, and UMB. The NRF is managed by the Community Capital Fund (CCF) and Greater Kansas City LISC.
Upcoming Information Sessions: Interested in learning more about the NRF? Attend any of the following information sessions to hear about the application and review process and past awarded projects.
Dec 7, 2018: Rosedale Development Association, 1403 Southwest Blvd, KCK
5:30 – 6:30 pm
Dec 8, 2018: Rosedale Development Association, 1403 Southwest Blvd, KCK
8:30 – 9:30 am
Jan 4, 2018: Rosedale Development Association, 1403 Southwest Blvd, KCK
5:30 – 6:30 pm
Jan 5, 2018: Livable Neighborhoods, 4953 State Ave, KCK
8:30 - 9:30 am
Jan 16, 2018: Mohart Multipurpose Building, 3200 Wayne, KCMO
5:30 - 6:30 pm
Feb 6, 2018: MARC, 600 Broadway Blvd, Heartland Conference Rm, KCMO
Application Review - Sign up is required
3:00 – 6:00 pm
Apply on Jan 1, 2018
The 2018 NRF Application and Guidelines will be posted here on January 1, 2018.
Initiatives funded through the NRF must meet the following guidelines and criteria:
- The project addresses community need through a direct service or benefit to the neighborhood or community identified in the proposal.
- The organization demonstrates that an inclusive process was used to identify the community’s need for the project.
- Community resources (volunteers, funds, and in-kind contributions) are invested as a match to implement the activity.
- The project is feasible; the budget is realistic and the goals and objectives can be met with available resources within a reasonable amount of time. Note that the proposed project may be a component of a larger project with other funding sources, but the proposed project must be a distinct and separate piece that can be completed by December of the same year.
- Salaries and stipends directly related to the administration of an NRF funded project may be included but may not total more than 10% of the awarded funds.
- The project supports the long-range plans for the organization's efforts to improve the neighborhood.
- The project leverages potential NRF grant funds through strong partnerships, in-kind contributions, other sources of funding, volunteers, etc.
The following types of projects will not be funded:
- Public infrastructure improvements including sidewalk and curb improvements
- Start-up funds for the operation of neighborhood centers (different than startup funds for the development of a neighborhood center)
- Continued operating expenses including rent and utilities
- Registered neighborhood organizations, Missouri and Kansas nonprofits, and 501c3 nonprofit organizations that are located in or serve low-income areas in Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas are eligible to apply. See the Guidelines for more information on criteria, qualifications, and an eligibility map.
- Salaries for functions that have traditionally been performed by neighborhood volunteers