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 Community Foundation of the Ozarks is accepting applications for the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund Grant Program. This assistance is targeted at 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 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 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 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 opportunityDeadline: Tuesday, May 4, 2021

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


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. 

Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Biobased Products Manufacturing Assistance Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development provides loan guarantees to assist in the development, construction, and retrofitting of new and emerging technologies. These technologies are advanced biofuelsrenewable chemicals, and biobased productsApplication Deadline: April 1, 2021

Rural Health Care Telecommunications Program
Universal Service Administrative Company

The Telecom Program provides reduced rates to rural health care providers for telecommunications and voice services for the use of telemedicine and telehealth. Eligible services are discounted at the difference in cost between urban and rural areas in your state. Application Deadline: April 1, 2021

Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization in Coal-Affected Appalachia (POWER)
Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)

This funding is for workforce and economic revitalization activities in communities and regions that have been affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations and coal-related supply chain industries. Priorities include strengthening the health care sector, educational attainment, substance abuse response and broadband. Letter of Intent (Required): March 5, 2021

Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design
National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with The Housing Assistance Council
This funding supports downtown revitalization, heritage preservation of land or buildings, and creating public or civic spaces for local identity and active recreation offering two avenues for engagement: (1) Design Workshop communities to receive technical assistance and a stipend towards a community-engaged design workshops, and (2) Design Learning Cohort to join a national network of peers to engage with online learning. Application Deadline: March 12, 2021

Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA Rural Development offers funding to help agricultural producers and small rural businesses develop new products from raw agricultural products or to promote new markets for established products. Electronic Application Deadline: March 16, 2021 | Paper Application Deadline: March 22, 2021

Innovative Water Infrastructure Workforce Development Grant Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
EPA is soliciting applications to assist in the development and use of innovative activities related to water workforce development and career opportunities in the drinking water and wastewater utility sector, and to expand public awareness about drinking water and wastewater utilities, and to connect individuals to careers in the drinking water and wastewater utility sector. Application Deadline: March 26, 2021 

Rural Community Development Initiative
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers grants to qualified intermediary organizations to provide technical assistance and training to help nonprofit organizations and communities develop their capacity to undertake housing, community facility, or economic development projects in rural areas. Application Deadline: March 22, 2021, on | Paper Application Deadline: March 29, 2021

Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development offers grants to rural communities with limited staff and resources to build the capacity needed to access USDA funding to support essential community facilities. Funds may be used to help rural communities identify financial resources, improve the management of community facilities, and prepare reports, surveys, and applications. Application Deadline: March 22, 2021, on | Paper Application Deadline: March 29, 2021

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Grants and Guaranteed Loans
U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA Rural Development is making grant and loan/grant opportunities available for agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase, install and construct renewable energy systems or complete energy efficiency improvements. REAP loan guarantees are streamlined under the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative. Loan & Grant Combination – March 31, 2021 | Loan Guarantees – Ongoing

Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA Rural Development offers loans and grants to establish revolving loan funds to provide loans to rural microloan borrowers and micro-entrepreneurs, or to provide training and technical assistance to micro-entrepreneurs. Application Deadline: March 31, 2021, and June 30, 2021, to the RD State Office.

Intermediary Relending Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development invites applications under this Intermediary Relending Program for fiscal year FY 2021, subject to availability of funding. Application Deadline: March 31, 2021, and June 30, 2021, to the RD State Office.

Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) Funding
U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA Rural Development is accepting applications for projects that support strategic regional economic and community development planning. Covered programs reserving SECD funds in the Fiscal Year 2021 are: Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant ProgramCommunity Facilities Loan Guaranteed ProgramWater and Waste Disposal Program Loan and Grant ProgramWater and Waste Disposal Loan GuaranteesBusiness & Industry Loan GuaranteesRural Business Development Grants; and Community Connect GrantsObligation Deadlines: June 30, 2021, for all programs except the Rural Business Development Grant Program which has a July 31, 2021, obligation deadline.