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.

Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods (RCN) Program

The Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST) has released a joint Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Reconnecting Communities Pilot (RCP) and Neighborhood Access and Equity (NAE) programs, which will combine two major discretionary grants into one NOFO. Together, this combined program will be known as the Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods (RCN) Program. While they remain separate programs for the purposes of award, the programs share many common characteristics, including: 

  • Prioritizing disadvantaged communities; 
  • Aiming to improve access to daily needs such as jobs, education, healthcare, food, and recreation; 
  • Fostering equitable development and restoration; 
  • Reconnecting communities by removing, retrofitting, or mitigating highways or other transportation facilities that create barriers to community connectivity, including to mobility, access, or economic development. 

If you wish to receive updates about the program, sign up for email updates

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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. 

2023 Community Empowerment Grant Workshop Flyer

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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. 

Download the PEP Grant application.

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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.

Download the STEP Grant application.

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

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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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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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USDA Circuit Rider Program


USDA RD Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program


Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants

This program helps eligible communities prepare or recover from an emergency that threatens the availability of safe, reliable drinking water.  The following events qualify as an emergency:

Rural Business Investment Program

Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans & Loan Guarantees

Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households Grant

AmeriCorps Missouri Grant

Brownfield Remediation Program

Missouri’s Department of Economic Development (DED)’s CDBG Downtown Revitalization Program opens TODAY!

DED’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program will help downtown areas define communities and invigorate tourism. DED administers the CDBG Downtown Revitalization Program to assist with impactful downtown improvement projects to revitalize the cultural heartbeat of communities through redevelopment. These projects eliminate slum and blight conditions on the front and selected side facades of eligible buildings in core downtown areas and address code violations for commercial structures. Subrecipients are prohibited from using Downtown Revitalization program funds for improvements related to residential portions of mixed-use buildings. Project buildings must be situated within a downtown target area as defined by the community, in which at least 25 percent of all buildings are judged through individual surveys and documentation to be in fair and/or poor condition. Applications will open Wednesday, September 6, 2023, at 8:00 a.m. Deadline: Applications will be accepted year-round and reviewed at the beginning of each month until available funding is exhausted.

DED will offer an application training on September 19, 2023, via WebEx from 9 to 11 a.m. Registration is now available.