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Neighborhoods Rising Fund Awards $76,655 in Grants to Area Neighborhoods

Neighborhoods Rising Fund Awards $76,655 in Grants to Area Neighborhoods

June 22, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Kansas City, Mo. and Kansas City, Kan. – Community driven initiatives in neighborhoods from Town Fork Creek, Missouri to Argentine, Kansas recently received a financial jumpstart from the Neighborhoods Rising Fund (NRF).  A total of 31 local neighborhood associations and organizations in Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas were awarded $76,655 in grants.

A wide range of projects and initiatives were selected for funding, including block watch and safety programs, Community Emergency Response Team trainings, the creation of a design guidelines book, a business façade improvement program, minor home repair programs, neighborhood clean-ups, and park improvements. To read the complete list of grant recipients, visit the CCF website at www.ccfkansascity.org.   An awards breakfast will be held on Friday, June 26th at the Mohart Multipurpose Center in Kansas City, Missouri to celebrate all the 2015 grant recipients.

Formerly called the Neighborhood Self Help Fund, the NRF is a funding collaborative that provides grants up to $3,000 for high impact community projects and neighborhood revitalization efforts that help build stronger and more effective neighborhood and community organizations serving low- to moderate-income areas throughout the Greater Kansas City region. Funding is provided by three key legacy funders - William T. Kemper Foundation, H&R Block Foundation, and the Hallmark Corporate Foundation, as well as new funders including the KCMO CDE, Hall Family Foundation, Sosland Foundation, and Dunn Family Foundation. The NRF grant program is managed and administered by the Community Capital Fund (CCF) and Greater Kansas City LISC.

“We are very excited to be a part of this highly successful grassroots funding collaborative that brings the funding community back together to support the basic needs of neighborhoods on both sides of the state line,” said Samuel Bennett, Program Officer for the William T. Kemper Foundation.

For many years, the Neighborhood Self Help Fund served as a longstanding, dependable resource for Kansas City neighborhood groups to fund small but vital projects and capital investments. Now, CCF and GKC LISC are utilizing their grant management experience and community development expertise to redesign this fund to not only complement their existing community development and capacity building programs but also leverage investments being made by public and private partners.

“Partnering with GKC LISC to launch the Neighborhoods Rising Fund with the financial support from some of the city’s largest companies and foundations is a testament to the importance we all place on investing in neighborhood revitalization at the grassroots level,” said Ruben Alonso, Executive Director of the KCMO CDE and the Community Capital Fund. “We congratulate all of the inaugural grant awardees and look forward to seeing all these great initiatives come to fruition.”

For information about the new Neighborhoods Rising Fund visit the CCF website at www.ccfkansascity.org or contact Amanda Wilson, Program Manager for the Community Capital Fund, at amanda@ccfkansascity.org or 816-502-9584.

Contact: Amanda Wilson
Program Manager
Community Capital Fund
816-502-9584
​amanda@ccfkansascity.org

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About Community Capital Fund: Founded in 2012, CCF is a community development 501c3 that supports innovative and measurable community development in historically under-invested and under-resourced areas of Kansas City, Missouri. The CCF empowers and supports positive neighborhood transformation by building the capacity of neighborhood groups and community organizations through a unique grant program as well as community based programming such as our annual Community Development Workshop and the CommunityKC online mapping tool.

About Greater Kansas City LISC: LISC is the nation’s largest community development support organization that leverages local investments with national resources in 31 urban markets and across much of rural America. LISC's place-based approach to community development, NeighborhoodsNow, and its Financial Opportunity Center Network, builds the capacity of neighborhoods and the financial stability of families across KCMO and KCK. Since 1981, Greater Kansas City LISC has invested over $143 million in metropolitan Kansas City, which has leveraged nearly $610 million in total development. More information at www.lisc.org/kansas_city/.

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