Available Grants

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.

In an effort to streamline the grant request process, Kaysinger has created the Grant Intake Form to capture essential information needed to sleuth out potential funding opportunities for regional projects.  If you have a project that you would like Kaysinger to assist with, fill out the Grant Intake Form and submit to Shannon Stewart at [email protected].

The Missouri Department of Economic Development works to create an environment that encourages economic growth by supporting Missouri’s businesses and diverse industries, strengthening our communities, developing a talented and skilled workforce, and maintaining a high quality of life.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development has an extensive list of funding opportunities. 

Click here for the full list.

Missouri’s Department of Economic Development (DED)’s CDBG Competitive Cycle

This funding allows communities to apply for improvements to nearly any publicly owned facility or infrastructure, as well as the clearance of vacant, dilapidated buildings.

Programs included:

Community Facilities

This program helps Missouri communities construct facilities that will serve a large portion of the public with a variety of services. With education and health/well-being programs taking priority, communities can utilize this program to construct senior centers, day care centers, rural health clinics, telecommunications, and 911 services, among others.

General Infrastructure

This program helps Missouri communities strengthen its local economy by improving local public infrastructure, streets, drainage, and bridges. Reliable and sustainable infrastructure helps support the business community as well as residents.


These grants help Missouri communities with demolition of vacant, dilapidated structures (primarily residential) in blighted areas and that present safety hazards.

Applications are due September 6, 2024


T-Mobile Hometown Grant

T-Mobile partnering with Main Street America and Smart Growth America: T-Mobile is investing big in small towns by awarding up to 100 towns a year with project funding—up to $50,000 each. The program will focus on revitalizing community spaces in towns with 50,000 people or less, and Main Street programs are encouraged to apply. Submit a proposal for a town project of your choice, and if selected, use the funds to get started. For example, you could implement tech upgrades at your library, refresh a local park, or break ground on a new place where neighbors can connect.

  • Applications will be open on a quarterly basis with the following schedule:
    • Spring: Applications open January – March
    • Summer: Applications open April – June
    • Fall: Applications open July – September
    • Winter: Applications open October – December
  • Portal will close on the last day of each quarter and reopen for the new quarter on the first of the month
  • All Hometown Grant applications will be notified 30-60 days after the end of each quarter on the status of the submission.

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DOT opened the call for applications for the $1.256 billion Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) program. SS4A was created in President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to help communities both plan and carry out projects that help reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on our highways, streets, and roads. The SS4A grant program is a major action that supports funding to advance DOT’s National Roadway Safety Strategy, which launched in 2022 to address the high number of traffic deaths happening across the country. SS4A funds will help communities in the development of road safety action plans and improve unsafe roadway corridors by implementing effective interventions. Additionally, these funds can be utilized to test out safety features such as separated bicycle lanes or curb extensions at intersections. View the SS4A Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The NOFO clarifies that Tribal Transportation Program and Tribal Transportation Program Safety Funds may be used as non-Federal match. In support of the legislative consideration to fund activities that will significantly reduce fatalities and serious injuries, the Department may prioritize SS4A Planning and Demonstration Grant applications with a quantitative fatality rate of 17.0 fatalities per 100,000 persons or greater. View the non-exhaustive list of eligible applicants that would receive this award considerationApplications for Implementation Grants are due by May 16. Planning and demonstration grant applicants will have three opportunities to apply with the deadlines of April 4, May 16, and August 29.

Since 2012, MSA Safety, DuPont Personal Protection, and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have partnered to provide state-of-the-art turnout gear to fire departments in need. In 2024, MSA Safety will donate a total of 52 sets of turnout gear and 52 helmets (four per department) to 13 all-volunteer or mostly-volunteer fire departments in the U.S. and Canada.

Criteria • Application • Selection Process • Program Background • Gear Recipients • Frequently Asked Questions • Contact • Program Partners


To be eligible to apply, departments must meet the following criteria:

  • Be over 50% volunteer.
  • Serve a population of 25,000 or less.
  • Be located in the United States or Canada and be legally organized under state/province law. *Indian/tribal entities not organized under state/province law are eligible.
  • Individual applying on behalf of the department or department chief must be a member of the NVFC (MSA provided a complimentary NVFC membership to the first 500 applicants. That number has now been reached). Learn about member benefits and join at www.nvfc.org/join. Visit our FAQs to check your membership status.
  • Demonstrate a need for the gear.
  • Only one application will be accepted per department. Any subsequent applications received for that department will be disqualified.
  • Recipients must use the donated items for the benefit of their department and not for any other purpose; cannot be resold.
  • Recipients agree that their department name, details from application essay, and photo may be used in media by MSA, DuPont, and the NVFC for the purposes of promoting the donation program.
  • Previous winners from the past two years are not eligible to apply.

Applicants that do not meet the stated criteria will be disqualified from the application process. View the official rules here.


Apply now. The application period closes June 1, 2024.

Selection Process

After the application period ends, an expert panel selected by the NVFC will review the applications. 13 winning departments will be selected to receive four sets of turnouts and four helmets each. Two to three winners will be announced each month between July and December. Winners will be contacted directly before the public announcement is made.


Farm Credit Services Rural Community & Agriculture Foundation Grant

FCS Financial is pleased to offer grants through our FCS Financial Rural Community and Agriculture Foundation to IRS-qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entities, higher education, scientific research, religious organizations, and subdivisions of government. The Foundation provides funding for projects that benefit the ag industry and rural communities. Any individual or group can request a minimum of $5,000 for a project in FCS Financial’s 102 county service area.

Requests are managed by an advisory committee of FCS Financial employees and board members who meet quarterly. Approvals will be focused on targeted, long-term investments and will typically be non-recurring

The Community Foundation of Central Missouri (CFCM) manages the foundation’s funds and disbursement. All requests must serve the foundation’s mission, meet the CFCM requirements for funding and be a 501(c)(3), higher education, scientific research, religious organization, or a subdivisions of government.

The grant application period is ongoing and applications are reviewed quarterly.

The East Missouri Foundation is a private foundation established to make grants to I.R.C. § 501(c)(3) organizations in furtherance of charitable or educational exempt purposes.  The foundation is governed by a board of directors.  These directors make the final decision on all grants and expenditures made by the foundation.

Grants Made by the Foundation

The foundation makes grants to qualified charitable organizations that address the following areas of interest for seniors, persons with disabilities, low income persons, single parents, children, or the homeless:

  • Housing
  • Health Care
  • Food
  • Transportation

The foundation will make its grants in the following forms as appropriate for the project proposal and the project time line.  Be specific about the form of grant you are requesting.

  • One-time grants, which are single-year grants for a specific purpose;
  • Multiyear grants, which are commitments for funding to be paid in increments over a period no longer than three years;
  • Start-up program grants; and
  • Challenge or matching grants. All capital projects in excess of $100,000 must have other sources of funding to cover at least 50.0 percent of the project.

Grants That the Foundation Will Not Make

The foundation will not make the following types of grants. Any request for funding for these purposes will be denied:

  • Grants to individuals for any purpose;
  • Grants to domestic organizations for funds spent outside of Missouri or the St. Louis MSA;
  • Grants to private foundations (other than operating foundations);
  • Grants to endowments or other discretionary funding pools;
  • Grants for dinners, balls, or other ticketed events;
  • Grants for political purposes;
  • Grants for lobbying activities; and
  • Grants for purposes outside of the foundation’s funding priorities as listed in the prior section.

Application Procedure & Form of Proposal

Applicants must use the foundation form in applying for a grant.  These applications must be submitted to the foundation, via the web site upload, by the following dates:

Due June 01 2024

Due Sep 01 2024

This grant will support local Main Street organizations in activating their historic district’s public spaces to build community connections and create an activity that encourages customers to support local small businesses. 

Applications are due June 24, 2024, by midnight. Finalists will be announced on June 28th so they can begin creating a short presentation of their project for the Pitch Party hosted during the ShowMe Bash (ticket required) in Kansas City on July 31st. 

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Water Efficiency and Reuse Projects

It has become increasingly important for rural water and wastewater facilities to operate as efficiently as possible to save community resources.  Communities should consider water use efficiency projects that not only save resources, but money too. And, the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) can help with its Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program.

Communities may choose to incorporate water efficiency measures into broader projects, or finance them as stand-alone projects. Eligible examples include:

  • Installation of water meters
  • Replacement of leaky pipeline
  • Water reuse projects

Loan and grant funds are available now. Contact our State Offices to discuss your projects!

The Community Empowerment Grant program is designed to help communities form a Main Street program and begin building a successful downtown with new investment, businesses, residents and events celebrating all that makes a downtown the heart of the community. This grant program provides two years of hands-on training with “over the shoulder” guidance and encouragement to help build a strong foundation and get the organization to a running start for long-lasting economic viability for downtown. 

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Sustaining a Main Street organization can be challenging. The STEP Grant will catapult your organization to the next level through expert guidance and training to create real change in your revitalization efforts. This one-year program will help get everyone involved on the same page, identify smart growth strategies, and create a detailed plan of action to advance the Main Street revitalization organization to the next level.

For more information about these grants, email Keith Winge at [email protected] or call 417-334-3014.

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Many communities have built a Main Street “foundation” and are now ready for the next step. The PEP Grant offers more advanced training to increase effectiveness and sustainability. This new two-year program provides individualized training, focused initiatives for sustained revitalization, and technical expertise designed to advance the Main Street organization’s downtown development. 

Rural 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

Missouri Arts Council-Express Grants

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.

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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 most of our grant funding, a cash match is not required for intervention projects. Deadline: ongoing.

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USDA RD Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program

This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.

Rural Business Investment Program

Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans & Loan Guarantees

AmeriCorps Missouri Grant

Brownfield Remediation Program

The donation focus of The Bolger Foundation is conservation and preservation; those underprivileged and underserved; health, including mental health; community; and education to nonprofit organizations, Section 501(c)(3). The Bolger Foundation prefers to fund capital projects, such as the construction or purchase of new facilities; building renovations and improvements; purchase of capital equipment and furnishings; and/or other one-time capital needs. Grants awarded by The Bolger Foundation range from $10,000-$250,000. At the Foundation’s discretion, funds may be given in the form of a challenge grant. Fall deadline: September 1, 2024.

The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation will consider grants for IRS-qualified non-profit organizations located within the United States. The Foundation aims to support organizations and programs for which a relatively small amount of funding might make a large difference. The Foundation will consider requests to support museums, cultural and performing arts programs; schools rural and hospitals; educational, skills-training and other programs for youth, seniors, and persons with disabilities; environmental and wildlife protection activities; and other community-based organizations and programs. Awards typically range from $1,000 to $20,000. The Foundation cannot make grants to individuals. Deadline: November 12, 2024