Community Capital Fund


September 2015 Newsletter


1. Neighborhood Opportunity Grant Deadline Approaching

2. Palestine Neighborhood Development Corporation Finished Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

3. New Competition Seeking Business Owners and Entrepreneurs for Cash Prizes

4. Save the Date for the 2016 Community Development Workshop!

5. Community Resource: Midtown KC Post’s Uncovering History Project

1. Neighborhood Opportunity Grant Deadline Approaching

The fall 2015 Neighborhood Opportunity Grant Program deadline is Friday, September 25 at 5pm. These grants provide $5,000-$20,000 in funding to support projects and programs that build neighborhood capacity where residents are empowered to leverage their collective skills, knowledge, and resources to achieve their community goals. To qualify, applicants must be a 501c3 organization located in the CCF focus area. Since 2012, CCF has awarded over $320,000 in grants to neighborhood-based capacity building projects.

Grant recipients are required to fund a portion of their grant award with a crowdfunding campaign. This provides an opportunity to develop their own technical capacity, raise funds even beyond the original grant amount, and raise friends that can be long term supporters of the project and organization.

Organizations interested in applying for a Neighborhood Opportunity Grant are encouraged to view the descriptions of previously funded projects here and refer to CCF’s grant scoring sheet here. For more information and to access the application, please visit our Neighborhood Opportunity Grant page here

2. Palestine Neighborhood Development Corporation Completes Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

Community Capital Fund grantee Palestine Neighborhood Development Corporation (PNDC) recently completed a successful crowdfunding campaign that raised $2,085 for their Coordinated Engagement Partnership Program, bringing their total grant award to $20,085. Congratulations to PNDC and thank you to everyone that supported their campaign!

This is CCF’s 17th successful Neighborhood Opportunity Grant crowdfunding campaign. This unique program has enabled our grantees to raise over $42,000 dollars through crowdfunding - over $13,000 more than with a CCF grant alone without the opportunity to crowdfund.

Working in conjunction with program partners MU-Extension and the UMKC Institute for Human Development, the Coordinated Engagement Partnership Program will train and provide ongoing mentoring support a neighborhood coordinator and will facilitate capacity development of PNDC leadership, staff, volunteers, as well as other community-based organizations and residents.

The Palestine Neighborhood is located in Kansas City, Missouri and is bounded on the north by Linwood Blvd, 39th Street on the south, Indiana Avenue on the west and Jackson Avenue on the east. The neighborhood has just over 2,200 residents.

CCF Neighborhood Opportunity Grant recipients raise 10% of their grant award through one month-long online crowdfunding campaigns. For more information about this grant program, please visit our Neighborhood Opportunity Grant page here.

3. New Competition Seeking Business Owners and Entrepreneurs for Cash Prizes

AltCap, CCF’s sister economic development organization, is currently hosting a unique online business competition. The “AltCap Your Business Competition” is designed to help entrepreneurs take their businesses to the next level with top prizes of cash and technical assistance awarded along with exposure for their business ventures. Business owners (with annual revenue less than $20,000) and entrepreneurs with a for-profit business idea and relevant industry experience who are located in Kansas City, Missouri are eligible to win.

The application is simple, free, and you don’t need to have a business plan to apply. Applicants must submit a 1-2 minute pitch video about their business idea and fill out the online application. The deadline is 5pm on September 30. Finalists chosen from the initial round will be asked to submit a two-page business proposal along with a completed financial template that conveys the basic concept and future growth and profitability of their business.

"Economic empowerment through entrepreneurship is a key part of our effort to help build and grow prosperous communities." said AltCap President Ruben Alonso. "We’re excited to be the spark that not only launches new businesses, but also supports our community’s growth and economic development."

To download competition guidelines, including information about eligibility, application process, "Frequently Asked Questions" and to apply, check out our website at

4. Save the Date for the 2016 Community Development Workshop!

The fourth annual Community Development Workshop will be held on Saturday, February 6 from 8:30am-3:30pm at the Ewing M. Kauffman Foundation Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO). 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. Registration will open in November. Stay tuned for future announcements!

More information can be found on the workshop page here.

5. Community Resource: Midtown KC Post’s Uncovering History Project

The Midtown KC Post, a local online newspaper covering news and events throughout Midtown, created the Uncovering History project to tell the history of the area’s neighborhoods and how that history still shapes the city today. They are seeking stories and photos from Midtown between 1880 and 1930 when the area was being developed – specifically in the neighborhoods of Center City, Coleman Highlands, Countryside, Crestwood, Heart of Westport, Hyde Park, Manheim Park, Old Hyde Park, Plaza-Westport, Rockhill, Volker, Roanoke, South Plaza, Southmoreland, Squire Park, Sunset Hill, Troostwood, Valentine, West Plaza, and Westwood Park. If you have stories or pictures or would like to have your block featured in an article, contact the Midtown KC Post Editor at


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