NEIGHBORHOODS RISING FUND
The 2017 NRF application period is now closed.
The next cycle will open Jan 1, 2018.
The Neighborhoods Rising Fund (NRF) is a funding collaborative that provides grants up to $3,000 for high-impact community projects and neighborhood revitalization initiatives that help build stronger and more effective 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.
Formerly called the Neighborhood Self Help Fund, the NRF was relaunched in the spring of 2015 with funding from its three key legacy funders: William T. Kemper Foundation, H&R Block Foundation, and the Hallmark Corporate Foundation. Supplemented with additional funders, including AltCap, Hall Family Foundation, Sosland Foundation, the Dunn Family Foundation, and Commerce Bank, the current funders are seeking to raise $100,000 annually to expand the collaborative and grant pool.
Eligibility, Guidelines, and Criteria
Projects and initiatives must meet three key criteria to receive NRF funds: community need; organizational capacity; and the Qualify of Life Goals. These Quality of Life Goals are evaluated according to the five objectives of what LISC considers a sustainable community:
- Develop, preserve and invest in the physical environment
- Increase family income and wealth
- Stimulate economic activity, locally and regionally
- Improve access to quality education
- Foster livable, safe and healthy environments
Initiatives funded through the NRF must meet the following guidelines and criteria:
- The project provides 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.
- The project does not utilize NRF funds to pay salaries for functions that have traditionally been performed by neighborhood volunteers.
- 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.
How to Apply
The 2017 NRF application period is now closed. The next cycle will open Jan 1, 2018. For information on previous years, download and read the 2017 NRF Guidelines and Application.
The application is a fillable pdf form that you can copy and paste into using Adobe Reader. You can download the latest version of Reader here.
Learn more about the projects and neighborhoods funded by NRF:
If your project is located in Kansas, please contact Greater Kansas City LISC at 816-753-0055 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your project is located in Missouri, please contact the Community Capital Fund at 816-502-9584 or email@example.com.
Join the Collaborative
If your company or foundation is interested in joining the Neighborhoods Rising Fund funding collaborative and investing in neighborhood-driven revitalization projects that build the capacity of residents, please contact CCF Executive Director, Ruben Alonso at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-502-9584.