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Community Legacy Fund

Grants to Kansas and Missouri Nonprofits Serving
the Greater Kansas City Jewish Community

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Deadline Date:

10/15/18 - for Innovation/Emergency/Emergent Grant Applications


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Grants to Kansas and Missouri nonprofit Jewish organizations to maintain and enhance the quality of Jewish life in Greater Kansas City. Applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Funding may be requested by qualifying Jewish community organizations to support core operations. Funding is also available for new programs that respond to a community need or humanitarian emergency.

In an effort to have the greatest impact upon the Jewish community, the Community Legacy Fund maintains the following objectives:
-To provide financial support for safety net services
-To nurture a strong Jewish community by providing underwriting for Jewish education, community relations, and cultural arts
-To provide financial support for seed programs which meet an identified community need
-To purchase equipment which enhances an organization’s general operations or programs
-To provide core support for Jewish community agencies
-To provide support for programs which are essential to Jewish life in Kansas City

Core Support:

Applicants may apply for funding for operations central to the accomplishment of an organization’s mission or funding for unique services not otherwise available within the Jewish community that are essential to Jewish life.

It is hoped that this move will help ensure the sustainability of the Kansas City Jewish community. Core grants tend to be the most coveted type of grant dollars because they allow greater flexibility and are commonly associated with the long-term success of nonprofit organizations.

By taking care of expenses that individual donors don’t typically support, the Foundation hopes that agencies will be enabled to fundraise more effectively. For example, if a small agency was not previously able to pay for a financial audit, the agency could now apply for underwriting for this expense which would bolster the agency’s financial accountability which could attract more donors.

Core support is available for funding operations central to the accomplishment of an agency’s mission and typically include the items that are listed on Management and General Expenses on Part IX, Statement of Functional Expenses of an IRS Form 990. For example, these might include rent, compensation and benefits for administrative/executive staff, payroll taxes, audit expenses, etc. The Jewish Community Foundation will also consider security costs as a core expense.


It is hoped that this type of funding will help agencies better respond to unmet community needs. Funding for Innovation/Emerging/Emergency programs will support high-quality, new programs that provide an innovative approach or solution to an existing or emerging community need, or respond to financial emergencies within the Service Area or that respond to humanitarian emergencies within or beyond the Service Area.

Innovation grants will provide programmatic support for new programs. The common form used by Jewish funders will still be used, and the types of expenses covered remain the same. Emergency grants are meant to provide support for extraordinary crises.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178937

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Core Support: Core Grant requests and allocations may not exceed the lesser of 50% of the applicant’s average annual budget for the prior five years or 20% of the total amount available to spend for all Core grants in a given year. The exact figure for 2018 will be known in early February, but as a rule of thumb, you should apply for similar amounts to that which was received in the past.

Innovation/Emerging/Emergency: Applicants may apply for up to 100% of the amount available to grant for this category.

Term of Contract:

Successful Innovation/Emerging/Emergency applicants may apply for a maximum of two consecutive additional years of funding for a total of three years of funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An organization that self-identifies as a Jewish communal organization and maintains the quality of Jewish life and/or promotes the pursuit of tikkun olam (repairing the world) is eligible for funding by the Community Legacy Fund.

Houses of worship are excluded unless they contribute a unique service not otherwise available within the Jewish community that is essential to the Jewish community or Jewish life. To determine eligibility, please refer to the FAQ.

Support is restricted to Kansas City and neighboring Jewish communities. This includes Manhattan, Kansas to the west, St. Joseph, Missouri to the north, Columbia, Missouri to the east and Joplin, Missouri to the south.

If an organization’s national office is not located in Kansas City, but has a Kansas City affiliate which directly serves this geographic area, that organization may apply, but grant dollars will be restricted for use solely within the Kansas City area.

Applicants for Core Grants must meet all of the following requirements:
-Must be located within the service area (defined above)
-Must serve the Jewish community
-Must be qualified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended (the “Code”) or, if providing essential services, an equivalent religious exemption under the Code as a Jewish house of worship
-Must have missions compatible with the Jewish Community Foundation

Houses of worship that perform or sponsor such services may be eligible to apply under this section. If so, they must complete the program budget form.

Applicants for Innovation/Emerging/Emergency Grants must:
-Be qualified under section 501c3 of the Code;
-Have missions compatible with the Jewish Community Foundation or are undertaking a program in formal collaboration with an organization eligible for a Core grant as demonstrated by a letter of support from the Core-qualified partner; and
-Address Innovation/Emerging/Emergency as defined above.

As in the past, Community Legacy Fund dollars may not be used to support:
1. Capital campaigns
2. Fund-raising events/campaigns
3. Endowment, reserves, or other saving programs

Pre-Application Information:

All organizations interested in applying for grants should contact Beatrice Fine BEFORE applying.

Core grant applications are due March 1.

Innovation/Emergency/Emergent Grant applications are due October 15. Applicants for Innovation/Emergent/Emergency Funding will be notified by December 28.

If a deadline falls on a weekend, applications are due the next business day.

A meeting with the grants committee may be necessary to receive funding.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Beatrice Fine
(913) 327-4618

Antoinette Starks

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Kansas: Kansas City and Manhattan;   Missouri: Kansas City, St. Joseph, Columbia, and Joplin