Community Capital Fund


March 2016 Newsletter


1. 2016 Community Development Workshop Brings In Over 250 People!
2. NRF 2016 Grant Round Closing March 18!
3. Neighborhood Opportunity Grant Round Open Now!
4. Grantee Update: Successful Crowdfunding Campaigns + Project Updates
5. Add Your Project to CommunityKC!
6. New Loan Programs Help Contractors and Artists


1. 2016 Community Development Workshop Brings In Over 250 People!

The 2016 Community Development Workshop Has
Its Largest Gathering Ever of Neighborhood Residents and Community Representatives!

February 6th marked CCF’s 4th annual Community Development Workshop, organized in partnership with Greater Kansas City LISC. Over 250 people came to the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center to learn and collaborate through trainings, panels, and table networking sessions. Attendees were informed and empowered through speakers from LISC and the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, and a keynote conversation with special guest Heather McMann with Groundwork Lawrence and local leaders from KC Healthy Kids and the Heartland Conservation Alliance.
Materials from the workshop including video recordings of the keynote presentations, the conference program, speaker presentations and materials, and written summaries of the break-out sessions are available on our website.
If you attended the workshop, we’d love your feedback! Please tell us what worked well and what we should consider tweaking next year in our online survey. Thank you for your input!

Almost half of all attendees (46%) were neighborhood residents or neighborhood leadership and 28% were there representing nonprofits. Also in attendance were those from government agencies, the faith community, students, and local business. When asked what their favorite thing about the workshop was, attendees said:

  • “I was impressed & pleased by the diversity of topics and people represented”
  • “Inspiration! And concrete skills sessions”
  • “Interacting with passionate ppl”
  • “Super opportunities to network!”
  • “Being surrounded by others who are really invested in their communities & KC”
  • “Becoming aware of projects/programs”
  • “Everyone had value”
  • “I like the dynamic structure of the day”

Thank you to our many sponsors, we are able to keep this event free to participants:

Thank you to the 27 volunteers from the community and Mazuma Credit Union who gave a total of 102 hours of their time in making the workshop a success:

  • Cynthia Ammerman
  • Paul Barham
  • Ashley Blackwell (Mazuma)
  • Devin Burton
  • Luisa Calumpong
  • Joell Dickerson (Mazuma)
  • Kathryne Fritz (Mazuma)
  • Venita Hill
  • Cynthia Howard (Mazuma)
  • Phillip Jamerson
  • Kim Johnson
  • Whitney Johnson
  • Dave Lacrone
  • Brianna Leiker
  • Denise Losh (Mazuma)
  • Cara Losh (Mazuma)
  • Riccardo Lucas
  • Charity Morrow
  • GG Owens
  • Lee Ann Piontek
  • Marcille Pruitt
  • Brandi Purchas
  • Amanda Quance
  • Emily Randell
  • Ashley Sadowski
  • Annamarie Weddle
  • Augusta Wilbon

Stay tuned for more information about the 5th Annual Community Development Conference to be held early February 2017. If you are interested in supporting the event through sponsorship or volunteering, please contact Amanda Wilson at 816-502-9584 or

2. NRF 2016 Grant Round Closing March 18!

The Neighborhoods Rising Fund (NRF) is a funding collaborative that provides grants up to $3,000 for community projects and neighborhood revitalization initiatives that strengthen neighborhood organizations in low- to moderate-income areas throughout Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas. The NRF is managed by the Community Capital Fund (CCF) and Greater Kansas City LISC.

The application period is open until Friday, March 18 at 5pm. For more information and to apply visit the CCF website


3. Neighborhood Opportunity Grant Round Open Now!

CCF’s Neighborhood Opportunity Grant Program provides mid-range grant funding from $5,000 - $20,000 to organizations that support and promote neighborhood capacity building initiatives that engage and empower neighborhood residents in building productive, healthy, and connected communities.

The Spring 2016 grant round opened Tuesday, March 1, 2016 and will close Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 5pm. To qualify, applicants must be a 501c3 organization (or partnered with a 501c3) located in the CCF focus area. Grant recipients are required to raise a portion of their grant through crowdfunding - an online fundraising tool that occurs for a limited amount of time and uses the power of social networks and technology to increase the exposure of a project – through the ioby platform and website.

Projects or programs that are limited to serving or affecting certain segments of the population, are not done in conjunction with neighborhoods, and/or do not have the explicit support of neighborhood residents are not likely to be competitive.

To download the application and view more information on how our Grant Review Committee scores applications and previously funded projects, visit the CCF website


4. Grantee Update: Successful Crowdfunding Campaigns + Project Updates

Nile Valley Aquaponics is Under Construction!

CCF grant recipient (fall 2014) KC Keys with Males to Men are building the Nile Valley Aquaponics Project - a community-based commercial aquaponics system inside a commercial greenhouse in the Key Coalition neighborhood. This project will grow high quality food in a sustainable way, provide educational classes and youth training, train others in sustainable food production, and host a community fish fry using food produced on-site. For more information, like their Facebook page or check out their website.

Scarritt Playground Slide Under Construction!

CCF grant recipient (fall 2013) Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood Association has persisted in making a new playground in the historic northeast a reality. CCF funds went to building the embankment slide in phase II of the overall playground project. Construction on the slide started last month and is expected to be complete in early May.

Are you a grant recipient and have project updates? Let us know! Contact Amanda Wilson at 816-502-9584 or

5. Add Your Project to CommunityKC!

How do I find out what’s going in the community? Is anyone working on this particular issue? Who has the knowledge and experience to help with my project?

If you’ve asked these or similar questions then you need to know about CommunityKC. CommunityKC is an online community project mapping tool designed to help organizations:

  • Connect with each other
  • Identify potential partners
  • Become informed of local projects and initiatives
  • Avoid duplication of efforts
  • Network and share information
  • Promote the good things occurring in Kansas City

Developed by CCF and Code for KC, CommunityKC locates and displays information about a variety of community projects that are led by - or are done in conjunction with - neighborhood organizations. If your organization has a project or program that builds neighborhood capacity and creates a stronger community then we invite you to add it CommunityKC!

You can search for projects by location or topic and find detailed information for each project.

Currently over 100 projects are listed on CommunityKC but we know there are more good things happening in our community! It’s easy to add a project – just fill out the online form here (you will prompted to first create a login).


6. New Loan Programs Help Contractors and Artists

CCF’s economic development sister organization, AltCap, recently launched two new loan funds to provide needed capital and financing contractors and artists in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Diversified Contractors Growth Fund (DCGF) was created in partnership with PortKC for M/WBE certified trades contractors in the commercial construction industry. Often smaller contractors need additional funds to bid on and complete contract work before they get paid for a job. This loan fund provides that gap financing so contractors can go after larger projects and have the ability to pay their employees before the contract is complete.

ArtCap is a targeted micro-loan fund created in partnership with the City of Kansas City, Missouri's Office of Culture and Creative Services to support the arts community and creative economy in Kansas City, Missouri. This loan fund is not only for visual and performing artists, but also those in applied arts, crafts, and other artisan trades. ArtCap is holding an information session on Saturday, March 26 at 10am at the Mohart Multipurpose Center at 3200 Wayne Ave., KCMO.


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