Truman Heartland Community Foundation offers nearly $265,000 in grants

February 28, 2014 

Truman Heartland Community Foundation invites nonprofit organizations located in or serving citizens in Eastern Jackson County to submit a letter requesting funding from the Community Foundation.

More than $265,000 is currently available through the annual Community Grants Process including $80,000 from the new Jelley Family Foundation Endowment for Children’s Education Fund.

In 2013, 47 nonprofit organizations received grants from the THCF community grants program totaling more than $150,000, including Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street Inc. for the Summit Art Festival.

THCF works in partnership with nonprofits that share the vision and passion of improving area communities. The Community Foundation’s grants are considered to be community investments, and the grants committee looks for proposals that make the most positive impact on the community possible. Organizations applying for grant awards may apply for both pools of money, with different proposals.

To be considered for funding, programs must address issues which are important to the communities served by THCF including:

•  Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation

• Building Stronger Neighborhoods

• Education

• Fostering a Sense of Community Spirit

• Health Needs for the Community

• Leadership Development for Youth and Adults

• Programs for Seniors

• Positive Youth Development

• Transportation

• Violence Prevention

A two-step review process will begin in April for the THCF and for the Jelley Family Foundation Endowment for Children’s Education.

Grant seekers must first submit an initial letter of interest by April 4. Finalists will be invited to submit a full proposal. To complete a letter of interest or for more information, applicants can download the Community Grants Program Guidelines and apply online at

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