Funding Opportunities

Communities in the Kaysinger region may apply for many different funding resources when trying to update or improve infrastructure or start programs to address needs. Kaysinger staff offers local governments and non-profits a wealth of grant writing experience, expertise, and success. Grants are typically used for community improvements such as water and sewer systems, bridges, fire stations, senior and community centers, and sidewalks as well as drainage improvements and housing demolition.

A grant application can be complicated and time-consuming so, let us help! Grant writing is one of the many services Kaysinger offers member communities, and our staff has the skills, experience, and expertise needed to prepare high-quality grant applications. Once a grant is approved, Kaysinger staff is also available on a contract basis to provide the day-to-day administration to help ensure the scope of work is completed in accordance with state and/or federal guidelines and all necessary reporting is accomplished successfully.

Funding Opportunities


The Department of Economic Development’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) competitive application cycle is now open for the following categories: General Infrastructure, Demolition, Workforce Training, Downtown Revitalization, and Community Facilities. CDBG awards annual grants to local governments to help develop, improve, and preserve vulnerable communities. These grants are provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. Applications will be accepted from October 1 through 5:00 p.m. on December 31, 2020. For more information on how Community Development Block Grants can help your community or to request an application, visit the CDBG webpage.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan – U.S. Small Business Administration: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on small businesses, Missouri has been granted a disaster declaration by the SBA. This makes low-interest disaster loans available to small businesses and private non-profits severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for each affected small business or non-profit. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Deadline: December 21, 2020

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is now accepting applications for the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund Grant Program. This assistance is targeted for nonprofits serving vulnerable citizens affected by the coronavirus outbreak across the CFO’s 58-county service region of central and southern Missouri. The CFO serves communities within the state of Missouri south of the Missouri River and outside the metro areas of St. Louis, Kansas City, and Jefferson City. Agencies can begin the application process at cfozarks.org/applyforgrants. For questions regarding the application or the online system, contact Bridget Dierks, Vice President of Programs, at (417) 864-6199.

Emergency/Intervention Funding – National Trust for Historic Preservation: Intervention funding from the National Trust is awarded in emergency situations when immediate and unanticipated work is needed to save a historic structure, such as when a fire or other natural disaster strikes. Funding is restricted to nonprofit organizations and public agencies. Emergency grants typically range from $1,000 to $5,000, but unlike the majority of our grant funding, a cash match is not required for intervention projects. Deadline: ongoing.

Community Facilities Fund– Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation: Rural LISC created the Community Facilities Fund to provide capital to help develop and improve essential community facilities in rural areas. Rural LISC utilizes this fund to provide permanent and construction-to-permanent financing for rural community facilities, including health care centers, hospitals, educational facilities, and other nonprofit and public facilities in rural communities with populations under 20,000. Deadline: ongoing.

Growing Rural Communities FundRural Local Initiatives Support Corporation: Rural LISC has developed an innovative new financing tool to provide low-interest loans to qualified commercial real estate projects in rural America. The Growing Rural Communities Fund will finance real estate acquisition and construction costs to spur job creation and economic revitalization in distressed communities. Deadline: ongoing.

HUD Now Accepting Applications for New Distressed Cities Technical Assistance Program, Designed for Communities Under 40,000 People 
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is accepting requests for Technical Assistance (TA) under the new Distressed Cities Technical Assistance (DCTA) Program. This TA program is specifically designed to assist communities with populations under 40,000 that are struggling to recover from natural disasters and economic decline. The TA program will be community-specific and scaled to ensure a measurable impact on communities’ growth and resilience, as well as an efficient use of public funds. DCTA may be used to build capacity around: financial management; economic revitalization; affordable housing development; disaster recovery and resiliency planning; cross-sector partnership building; and utilizing federal development programs. To learn more about this new TA program, including eligibility requirements and how to request assistance, visit the Distressed Cities Technical Assistance page on the HUD Exchange.

Community Facilities Program: Disaster Relief – USDA: Missouri’s USDA Office highlights $150 million in grants available through the Community Facilities Program to help rural communities continue their recovery from the devastating effects of natural disasters including recent severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding. Missouri currently has 70 counties included in the disaster designations. Grant applications are accepted at a local USDA Rural Development office on a continual basis until funds are exhausted. More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities funding. Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations, and federally recognized Native American tribes. Projects must be in eligible rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less. Deadline: Applications accepted on a continual basis until funds are used.

Express Grants – Missouri Arts Council: Express Grants are designed to encourage small and emerging arts organizations and organizations based in rural communities to seek financial assistance for arts activities. Express Grants are awarded in the categories of arts councils, arts education, minority arts, the Missouri Touring Program, and other strategic projects. Deadline: first Monday of the month, two months in advance of the month in which the project occurs.

Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) published the FY 2020 Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs Notice of Funding Opportunity (PWEAA NOFO). Under this NOFO (formerly known as the Economic Development Assistance Program NOFO), EDA solicits applications for construction, non-construction, planning, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works program and Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) program, which includes Assistance to Coal Communities. Please access this funding opportunity through Grants.gov by searching “PWEAA2020”. Note that this supersedes the previously published “EDAP-2018” funding opportunity.

Emergency/Intervention Funding – National Trust for Historic Preservation: Intervention funding from the National Trust is awarded in emergency situations when immediate and unanticipated work is needed to save a historic structure, such as when a fire or other natural disaster strikes. Funding is restricted to nonprofit organizations and public agencies. Emergency grants typically range from $1,000 to $5,000, but unlike the majority of our grant funding, a cash match is not required for intervention projects. Deadline: ongoing.

NIFA’s Community Food Projects (CFP) intends to solicit applications and fund two types of grants. The types are 1. Community Food Projects (CFP) and 2. Planning Projects (PP). CFP supports the development of projects with a one-time infusion of federal dollars to make such projects self-sustaining. CFPs are designed to create community-based food projects with objectives, activities, and outcomes that are in alignment with Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program (CFPCGP) primary goals. Planning Projects complete a plan toward the improvement of community food security in keeping with the primary goals of the CFPCGP. Planning Projects focus on a defined community and describe in detail the activities and outcomes of the project. For more information read the full CFP funding opportunity.

The Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA) is currently accepting applications for two programs aimed at rural small business improvement, specifically meat processors across the state. “At a time when Missouri’s economy is recovering from COVID-19, our board members and staff are proud to offer programs that help the Missouri families running these small businesses,” said MASBDA Executive Director Jill Wood. “Our meat processors are critical to our farmers, ranchers, and small communities. It’s vital that we have facilities to process Missouri’s agricultural goods.” Agricultural businesses in towns with populations under 50,000 may be eligible to receive funds from the Missouri Agribusiness Revolving Loan Fund, which can be used to start, acquire, operate, or expand an agribusiness. Qualifying agribusinesses may include value-added agriculture enterprises, agriculture support businesses, marketers or retailers of agricultural products, and businesses with emerging agricultural technology. Due to COVID-19, MASBDA is currently offering a fixed interest rate of 4%. The loan fund will finance 75% of a project cost if it is in a first lien position with a maximum loan of $112,500. If the project is in a second lien position, the loan fund will finance 50% of the project with a maximum loan of $75,000. The Meat Processing Facility Investment Tax Credit Program is also available to qualifying meat processors interested in modernizing or expanding their facilities. The program is designed to stimulate investment in the meat processing industry in Missouri. The tax credit amount is 25% of the modernization or expansion costs, with a maximum of $75,000 per year. Additional program details and applications can be found on MASBDA’s website. For more information, please contact the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority by phone at (573) 751-2129 or by email at masbda@mda.mo.gov.

Show Me Strong Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Retooling Program provides grant funding to manufacturers, nonprofit organizations, and other entities to reimburse certain costs for retooling existing facilities by purchasing necessary equipment and services to manufacture critically needed PPE for use in Missouri. This grant funding will assist entities with creating new businesses while contributing to the fight against the current COVID-19 public health emergency. July 14, 2020 to December 1, 2020

Business and Industry CARES Act Guaranteed Loan Program – USDA: The Rural Business Cooperative Service (RBCS), a Rural Development agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces that in response to the national COVID–19 Public Health Emergency, USDA Rural Development was provided additional funding assistance of $20,500,000 in budget authority appropriated under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). This program offers loan guarantees to lenders for their loans to rural businesses and agricultural producers to supplement their working capital to prevent, prepare for and respond to the economic impacts of the coronavirus. Lenders need the legal authority, financial strength and sufficient experience to operate a successful lending program. This includes federal and state-chartered banks, savings and loans, farm credit banks, and credit unions. For-profit businesses, nonprofits, cooperatives, federally-recognized tribes, and public bodies may qualify for these guaranteed loans. Deadline: September 15, 2021. 

NEW! Local Foods, Local Places (LFLP) – EPA and USDA: The LFLP program this year is sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Marketing Service. The program continues in 2021 to provide assistance with a community-driven approach that focuses on the intersection of local food system development and placemaking, and also how they relate to local community priorities such as healthy food access, downtown/neighborhood revitalization, youth involvement, environmental protection, local equity concerns, and addressing other social determinants of health. Local Foods, Local Places technical assistance grant supports projects that: create livable, walkable, economically vibrant main streets and mixed-use neighborhoods; boost economic opportunities for local farmers and main street businesses; and improve access to healthy, local food, especially among disadvantaged populations. Deadline: October 30, 2020. 

NEW! Urban Agriculture Matching Grants – Missouri Department of Agriculture: The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced up to $50,000 for the Urban Agriculture Matching Grant program. The department will award grants up to $7,500 for reimbursement of expenses associated with urban agriculture. Eligible projects include urban agricultural projects, which may include introducing a new crop or product to an area, expanding the use of an agricultural product, or adding value to agricultural products. Projects that demonstrate an economic benefit and potential for sustainable revenue generation and job creation will be given priority. Examples of projects include developing small agribusinesses, implement production infrastructure, creating direct distribution venues, developing agricultural workforce, or providing training and development skills for agricultural business sustainability. Deadline: October 30, 2020.

NEW! Good Neighbor Citizenship Company Grants – State Farm: Through their company grants, State Farm focuses on three areas: safety, education, and community development. Grants may be awarded to educational institutions, programs by municipal, county, state, or federal entities that align with State Farm’s charitable focus, 501(c)3 nonprofits, 501(c)4 volunteer fire companies, and 501(c)6 chambers of commerce. Requests must be $5,000 or more. Deadline: October 31, 2020. 

Mini Grants – Missouri Humanities Council (MHC): MHC will consider any proposal to support humanities-based projects or programs submitted by a non-profit organization or a civic, educational, or cultural organization that operates as a non-profit, including (but not limited to) schools and other educational institutions, local government and governmental agencies, and civic associations. Organizations may apply individually or in partnership with other eligible entities and organizations (in the case of multiple partners participating in the grant project, only a single organization can serve as the applying entity). Mini grants are awarded for project requests of up to $2,500. Deadline: November 1, 2020.

Community Change Grants – America Walks: America Walks and partner Active People, Health Nations announced another round of their popular Community Change Grant program. This program will award grantees $1,500 in community stipends for projects related to creating healthy, active, and engaged places to live, work and play. The goal for this year’s grant awards is to knit together seemingly disparate threads too often considered in isolation, including, but not limited to; racism and the public sphere; climate and environmental justice; access and inclusion; walking and moving as a mechanism for bringing about political change; and how COVID-19, the need for economic recovery and a growing awakening around racial injustice might alter the landscape of our work. Deadline: November 9, 2020. 

Museums for America – Institute of Museum and Library Services: The Museums for America program supports projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public. Museums for America has three project categories: lifelong learning, community anchors, and collections stewardship and access. To be eligible for an award under this program you must be an organization that is either a unit of State, local, or tribal government or be a private, nonprofit organization that has tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code; be located in one of the 50 US states, District of Columbia, or appropriate US territory; and be either a permanent museum or public or private nonprofit agency responsible for the operation of a museum. Awards will range from $5,000 to $250,000 for grant periods up to three years. A cost-share of non-federal sources in the amount equal or greater than the request is required. Deadline: November 16, 2020. 

Inspire! Grants for Small Museums – Institute of Museum and Library Services: Inspire! Grants for Small Museums is a special initiative of the Museums for America program. It is designed to help small museums implement projects that address priorities identified in their strategic plans. Inspire! has three project categories: lifelong learning, build capacity, and increase public access. Awards will range from $5,000 to $50,000 and projects must begin on September 1, 2021. Cost-sharing is encouraged, but not required for this opportunity. Deadline: November 16, 2020.

Community Connect Grant Program – USDA: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) agency of USDA has announced its Community Connect Grant Program application window for FY2021. The Community Connect Grant Program provides financial assistance to eligible applicants that will provide service at or above the Broadband Grant Speed to all premises in rural, economically-challenged communities where broadband service does not exist. The deployment of broadband services on a “community-oriented connectivity” basis stimulates economic development and provides enhanced educational and health care opportunities in rural areas. RUS will give priority to rural areas that demonstrate the greatest need for broadband services. Deadline: December 23, 2020.