Community Capital Fund


November 2015 Newsletter


1. Registration Is Now Open for the 2016 Community Development Workshop!
2. New for the 2016 Workshop: Real Estate Development Technical Training Track
3. CCF Announces the Fall 2015 Grant Recipients!
4. Reserve Your Tickets ASAP for "Can You Dig This" Movie Premier of Gangsta Gardener Ron Finley
5. KC Healthy Kids Offers Technical Assistance Award Opportunity

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1. Registration Is Now Open for the 2016 Community Development Workshop!

Register now for the 2016 Community Development Workshop! For the last three years the workshop has brought together hundreds of residents and organizations working in community development and neighborhood revitalization to learn, collaborate, and be empowered.


The 2016 workshop will be held on Saturday February 6, 2016 from 8:30am-3:30pm at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Rd., KCMO) and will include:

  • Trainings on grant writing, financial procedures for small nonprofits, volunteer management and recruitment, partnering with institutions of faith, and free tech tools

  • Panel sessions on incorporating arts and culture in community building, local community health initiatives, and new initiatives for abandoned properties

  • Keynote address by Heather McMann, Executive Director of Groundwork Lawrence

  • Facilitated networking

  • Information booths 

Who should attend?

  • Neighborhood leadership & residents

  • Non-profits

  • Public agencies

  • Community development stakeholders

Free to register! Registration is required and includes a light breakfast and lunch. Donations will be accepted to cover the cost of materials and food. For more information and to register, visit our website here.

2. New for the 2016 Workshop: Real Estate Development Technical Training Track

Registration is now open for the Urban Real Estate Development Technical Training Track on Friday, February 5, 2016 from 8:30am-Noon at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Rd., KCMO). Organized by our partners at Greater Kansas City LISC, this new addition to the Community Development Workshop will be led by Mike Grube, Director of Development for Yarco Companies and Adjunct Professor at University of Kansas.
Participants will learn in-depth about:

  • Development analysis

  • Planning, design and construction

  • Finance and debt structuring

  • Project implementation

This track has a fee of $50 if registered by January 2, 2016. Registration is required. Visit our website to register. Contact Ed Linnebur, Program Officer with LISC, with any questions: or 816-753-4759 x13.

3. CCF Announces the Fall 2015 Grant Recipients!

Congratulations to the following fall 2015 Neighborhood Opportunity Grant recipients!

  • Black Family Technology Awareness Association: KUAW (Knowledge Understanding and Wisdom) FM Community Radio Station - a low power FM radio station to inform the community on events, opportunities, and education available to them locally

  • Communities Creating Opportunity (CCO): Youth Leadership Development Cohort (YLDC) - to identify high school students from Kansas City's urban core and immerse them in a leadership development curriculum with emphasis on community organizing, leadership, policy and civic engagement

  • Connecting for Good: Public Computer Center in LAMP building - a community-access computer center, classroom, and offices at the newly renovated LAMP facility at Linwood and Michigan

  • Marlborough Community Coalition: Hydrangea Garden and Community Plaza - a vacant lot at 8112 Paseo will be transformed into hydrangea garden and flexible community gathering space

All grant recipients will run their crowdfunding campaigns this winter and next spring to raise a portion of their grant award. All Neighborhood Opportunity Grant recipients run one-month crowdfunding campaigns as part of their grant award – but they don’t do it alone! Stay tuned for more information on how you can support these projects!

The CCF Grant Review Committee selected these applications based on their ability to build community and neighborhood capacity, the current capacity of the organization to successfully the project, and the impact it will have in the community. Visit our website for more information about Neighborhood Opportunity Grants. 

4. Reserve Your Tickets ASAP for "Can You Dig This" Movie Premiere of Gangsta Gardener Ron Finley

The KCBUGS (Kansas City Black Urban Growers) have the honor and privilege to host the Kansas City area's local premiere of John Legend's documentary "Can You Dig This" - the extraordinary story of Gangsta Gardener Ron Finley - on Tuesday, December 1st at 7:30pm at the AMC BarryWoods 24 (8101 NW Roanridge Rd., Kansas City, MO). Tickets are $10 each and must be reserved in advance here.
KCBUGS must sell at least 100 reserved seats for the film to air and tickets will not be sold at the theater (you will not be charged unless they reach the 100 ticket minimum). The Grown in Ivanhoe Project and Cultivate KC are partner organizations for this event.

5. KC Healthy Kids Offers Technical Assistance Award Opportunity

KC Healthy Kids has a Technical Assistance Award opportunity for up to 15 neighborhood-based organizations that have never received an award from the Health Care Foundation of Greater KC. Participating organizations will receive tools and training that will increase their capacity to transform their communities into healthier places to live. 
There is not a hard deadline, however the 15 slots are available on a first-come first-served basis. To learn more about your eligibility and to apply, please visit their website.



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