Community Development

As communities in the KBRPC region look for ways to improve and grow their resources, they often seek grant funding to support their vision. Counties, cities, and non-profit agencies in the KBRPC region benefit day after day from KBRPC’s dedication to ensuring taxpayer dollars are spent as funding agencies intended. KBRPC staff is here to assist in every step of that process from writing the grant application to administering the project when funds are received.

In the last fiscal year, KBRPC applied for $2,641,737.88 in tax credits and grant funds throughout the region on behalf of cities, counties, and non-profit agencies. These grant funds translate to a number of improvements for our communities including a new community building, an expansion of walking trails, historic preservation, sidewalk improvements, and much more. KBRPC staff continually look for ways to bring more resources into the region. To do that, KBRPC must know what a community’s needs are. Results such as these, make KBRPC a valuable development tool.

Community Development Block Grant Program

From addressing local health and safety concerns to improving local facilities such as senior centers and community centers, CDBG programs are designed to support a community’s well being and greater capacity for growth. Grants are available in the following categories:

  • Community Facilities
  • General Infrastructure
  • Demolition
  • Industrial Infrastructure
  • Water/Wastewater
  • Emergency
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Downtown Revitalization

KBRPC writes applications for CDBG and administers them to member cities and counties. If you are interested in applying for CDBG funding or for more information about the CDBG Program, please visit their website or call KBRPC at (660) 885-3393.

Most Recent CDBG funded Projects

Lowry City

The City of Lowry City was awarded $342,250 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) to assist the City in renovating the Lowry City Civic Center. These funds are being matched with a $47,817 Lowe’s Hardware Charitable and Education Project grant the City of Lowry City was awarded in the Spring of 2018.
This funding will vastly improve the 7,910 square foot building with much-needed improvements including electrical and HVAC improvements, tuck-pointing of the mortar, new rubberized flooring in the gymnasium, installation of an ADA compliant exterior door, and sound proofing of the gym to improve the acoustics.
The City of Lowry City along with the Lowry City Community Betterment Group has made many improvements over the years, but this funding will help with the larger items that the building needs.

This facility fills a great need in the community and will allow for greater access to services that many otherwise would not be able to utilize. Once completed, this facility will be versatile enough to accommodate the needs of any and all organizations and events. Most importantly, following the improvements, this facility will act as an American Red Cross emergency and post-disaster shelter as well as a heating and cooling shelter in the event of a disaster.


The City of Weaubleau was awarded $246,120 in Community Development Block Grant funds to construct a new Community Building along with donations from the Friends of Weaubleau Park and Missouri Foundation for Health Grant. KBRPC staff wrote the application and administered the project for the City of Weaubleau. Construction on the facility was completed this past Spring. Congratulations to the City of Weaubleau!

El Dorado Springs

Gov. Jay Nixon visited the El Dorado Springs School District on August 12, 2014, to announce a new investment through Missouri Start Smart. During his visit to El Dorado Springs, the Governor announced that through the Missouri Start Smart initiative, the Missouri Department of Economic Development will authorize a competitive funding award of $988,275 for the nonprofit organization El Do Youth Inc.  The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding assisted the El Dorado Springs School District in constructing a new Pre-K facility that will serve an additional 20 children and allow the district to expand its current half-day Pre-K program to a full-day program. Pictured is Gov. Jay Nixon with KBRPC Community Development Administrator, Ashley Swartz, who wrote the CDBG application and administered this project.

El Dorado Springs Early Childhood Center

Ribbon Cutting for the El Dorado Springs Early Childhood Center


Gov. Nixon announcing funding award to Calhoun.

The Calhoun Early Childhood Education Center was completed in February 2016. CDBG funding not only provided a newer building with a conducive layout but with the increase in space, they were able to increase the number of students from 80 to 100!


Groundbreaking for the new Calhoun Early Childhood Center

The new Calhoun Early Childhood Center



Dilapidated building demolition has become a very popular category for CDBG funding. KBRPC has helped many cities obtain funding for and administer the building demolition grant. With the assistance of KBRPC, the Cities of Butler and Appleton City were awarded funds from CDBG for demolition. The City of Appleton was awarded $230,000 to demolish over 20 residential and commercial structures citywide. The City of Butler was awarded $195,625, in CDBG funding to demolish 35 residential and 3 commercial structures citywide. KBRPC is currently administering both CDBG demolition grants for Appleton City and Butler. Both projects were completed ahead of schedule this winter, and have made a huge impact in the cities. For more information on CDBG demolition grants, contact Ashley at

Neighborhood Assistance Program

In addition to CDBG funding, KBRPC also applies for and administers Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) tax credits. Click here to visit their website.

NAP helps not-for-profit organizations raise private-sector funds by providing partial state tax credits to businesses that make contributions to approved community improvement projects.
Businesses can donate cash, materials, supplies, or equipment; technical assistance and professional services; labor; real estate; or stocks and bonds. Credits can equal up to 50 percent of the total amount contributed or up to 70 percent for projects located in the most rural areas.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) approved 28 Missouri not-for-profit organizations for a total of $5,632,878 in tax credits under the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP). Among those 28 organizations, the Friends of the Hickory County Health Department was approved for $341,250 in 70 percent tax credits providing them with $487,500 to put towards a new facility. NAP tax credits will be used in conjunction with USDA Rural Development Grant and Loan funds. KBRPC staff prepared the application that was funded and assisted with the selling of the tax credits for this project.

The photo below shows the Samaritan Center located in Henry County. This project was funded by a combination of $300,000 in CDBG funding and $500,000 in NAP tax credits to build the facility. Both applications were written and administered by KBRPC. In December 2018, KBRPC wrote an application for the Clinton Samaritan Center and they were awarded $500,000 in NAP tax credits to increase food and clothing distribution and financial assistance to low-income families in Henry County.

The building below houses the State Fair Community College Clinton Satellite Campus and the Business Development Center in Clinton. Under the administration of KBRPC, this project was funded by $500,000 NAP tax credits and local donations. In January of 2015, KBRPC staff celebrated the expansion of the Clinton SFCC campus with KBRPC Board Members, CARE Board Members, SFCC staff, the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Clinton, SFCC students, and members of the community. This expansion adds an estimated 7,000 square feet of instructional and testing space including 5 classrooms, laboratory space, a testing center, a commons area, and four additional offices.