How To Apply

$15 million in 2021 will help keep Jackson County kids safe, healthy and hopeful.

How Do We Work?

We’re looking for nonprofits that strengthen families and protect the well-being and safety of children and youth (under 19) in Jackson County. Our top priorities include partners who provide temporary shelter for at-risk youth, family intervention programs, counseling and therapy services, and prevention programs that promote healthy lifestyles and strong families.


  • Applicants must be Missouri nonprofits or government entities and be certified or licensed in Missouri to provide funded services (if applicable).
  • Funded partners must get at least 25 percent of their funds from sources other than CSF and conduct independent financial audits yearly.
  • Funded partners must maintain their clients’ confidentiality; provide services regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender or age; and screen employees and volunteers who provide services directly to children and youth.


  • Up to 30 days of temporary shelter for abused, neglected, runaway, homeless or emotionally disturbed youth; respite care services; and services to unwed mothers;
  • Outpatient chemical dependency and psychiatric treatment programs; counseling and related services as a part of transitional living programs; home-based and community-based family intervention programs; unmarried parent services; crisis intervention services, inclusive of telephone hotlines; and prevention programs, which promote healthy lifestyle among children and youth and strengthen families;
  • Individual, group, or family professional counseling and therapy services; psychological evaluations; and mental health screenings.


  • Inpatient medical, psychiatric, and chemical dependency services
  • Transportation services
  • Capital campaigns, construction and building expenses



Here’s what we’ll need to see in your application. Your application components tell the story of your organization, program and funding needs. The required attachments support your story. If you have questions about eligibility or the application process, we’re happy to help. Send your questions to the CSF team at right away.


  • Agency Overview
  • Program and/or Service Delivery
    • Problem Statement
    • Approach
  • Program and/or Service Management
  • Program and/or Service Outcomes
  • Budget and Narrative


  • Project Timeline
  • Most Recent Audited Financial Statements
  • IRS Tax Determination Letter
  • Licensing (if applicable)
  • Tax Clearance or Waiver (Jackson County Assessment Office)
  • Memorandum of Understanding – outlines relationship & services (if applicable)


There are several steps following the submission of an application for funding before a decision is made:

  • Our partners at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation do an initial review of all applications to ensure all eligibility requirements have been met.
  • The applications are provided to the CSF, where we in turn distribute them to review teams comprised of three board members each.
  • Once all applications have been reviewed by their board teams, aggregate scores are tabulated, and all applications are discussed during a board work session.
  • We may request additional information from some applicants, either through written response or an in-person interview. (Follow-up at this point is not always necessary – and a lack of follow-up should not be interpreted as a decision not to fund a program or service).
  • Once follow-up issues have been resolved to everyone’s satisfaction, a final funding slate is presented during a regularly scheduled board meeting for approval by the full Board of Directors.
  • Funding decisions are communicated to all applicants, regardless of outcome.
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