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


Department of Natural Resources Opens Solicitation for Community Water Infrastructure Grants through State ARPA Funding

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MAY 16, 2022 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is offering competitive water infrastructure grants for communities to complete drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure projects as well as lead service line inventories. These grant opportunities are made available through American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) State Fiscal Recovery Funds.

The notice of funding opportunity describes grant rules, guidelines, and eligibility requirements for each funding program, including scoring criteria, award limits, applicants, costs, application instructions, cost-share information, and grant terms and conditions. The notice of funding opportunity is located at Required Forms & Program Application Instructions – ARPA (mo.gov). The department strongly encourages applicants to read this document before completing an application.

Applications will be accepted from 2 p.m. May 16 until 5 p.m. July 14. The department will score applications based on financial need, engineering capability, and necessity of the project. Though not required, communities with a completed engineering report will receive preference in the scoring process. A local match must be provided to be eligible for funding. Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified once all applications are scored by mid-October.

Eligible applicants include incorporated municipalities, public water or sewer districts, quasi-governmental agencies, Joint Municipal Utility Commissions, and privately-owned utilities and nonprofit organizations whose sole purpose is to provide drinking water or wastewater service. Applicants will submit applications through an online web portal at moarpa.mo.gov.

For more information about state ARPA funding or the application process, please contact the department’s Financial Assistance Center at DNR.ARPA@dnr.mo.gov or 573-751-1192.

To learn more about using ARPA funds for water infrastructure, visit Missouri’s Local Fiscal Recovery Fund Toolkit for Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater at oa2.mo.gov/ARPAtoolkits/water-infrastructure.

Walmart Foundation: The Walmart Foundation’s Community Grant Program offers grants to nonprofit organizations and agencies that work in one of the foundation’s three priority areas: creating economic opportunity, enhancing sustainability in supply chains, and strengthening the community. Awards range from $250 to $5,000. Deadline: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis until December 31, 2022.

Community Facility Technical Assistance and Training Grant – USDA: USDA Rural Development will make grants to public bodies and private nonprofit corporations to provide associations Technical Assistance and/or training with respect to essential community facilities programs. Rural areas, including cities, villages, townships, towns, and Federally Recognized Tribal Lands outside the boundaries of a city of 20,000 or more, are eligible. Maximum awards of $150,000 may be used to assist communities in identifying and planning for community facility needs; identify resources to finance community facility needs from public and private sources; prepare reports and surveys necessary to request financial assistance to develop community facilities; prepare applications for Agency financial assistance; improve the management, including financial management, related to the operation of community facilities; or assist with other areas of need identified by the Secretary. Deadline: Electronic submissions due May 23, 2022, and paper submissions due May 26, 2022.

The Economic Development Administration is now accepting applications for the FY22 Build to Scale (B2S) program, which is designed to invest in regional economies through scalable business startups. (Read the press release) The Build to Scale program’s national competitions will deploy $45 million to further technology-based economic development initiatives that accelerate high-quality job growth, create more economic opportunities, and support the next generation of industry-leading companies. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY (NOFO). The deadline to apply for the program is 11:59 p.m. EDT June 13, 2022.

The Community Heart & Soul Seed Grant Program provides $10,000 in startup funding for resident-driven groups in small cities and towns to implement the Community Heart & Soul model. Grant funding requires a $10,000 cash match from the participating municipality or a partnering organization.

Emergency/Intervention Funding – National Trust for Historic Preservation: Intervention funding from the National Trust is awarded in emergencies 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.

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 Fund – 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

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 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 and 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
  • 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 recover 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 continually 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 are accepted continually 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.

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.

The Meat Processing Facility Investment Tax Credit Program is 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. 

Restaurant Revitalization Fund – Small Business Administration: The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. The program received $28.6 billion in program funding. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss of up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023. Eligible entities include restaurants; food stands, food trucks, food carts; caterers; bars, saloons, lounges, taverns; snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars; bakeries; brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms; breweries and/or microbreweries; inns; and licensed facilities or premises of a beverage alcohol producer where the public may taste, sample, or purchase products. Currently open.

Support for Small Business – KKR: Created as a key pillar of KKR’s COVID-19 Relief Effort, KKR Small Business Builders (SBB) aims to support entrepreneurs and their small businesses worldwide. The grants are designed to help business owners sustain their enterprises, maintain or create jobs, and spur economic opportunity to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and recover from its resultant economic dislocation. KKR Small Business Builders will support companies in three key ways: access to capital, technical expertise, and a network of support. To be eligible, a business must have between 5 and 50 employees, less than $7 million USD in annual revenue, demonstrated need for support, a strong plan for moving forward, and be in good standing with the IRS or their local regulatory body.

Community Possible Grant Program – U.S. Bank Foundation: Through their Community Possible Grant Program, U.S. Bank is partnering with organizations that focus on economic and workforce advancement, safe and affordable housing, and communities connected through arts and culture. In 2021, they are switching to an invitation-only grant application, moving away from three payout cycles and instead making quarterly payouts to provide funding when it is needed most. Nonprofit organizations new to U.S. Bank Foundation may submit a Letter of Interest so that the Community Affairs Managers may learn of funding needs in their areas. After reviewing the Letter of Interest, a Community Affairs Manager may reach out with a request for a full application. Grants may be awarded for operating expenses, program or project expenses, and a small number of capital grants. Deadline: Letters of Interest accepted on an ongoing basis, grants awarded quarterly.

Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP) U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development program, which provides loans and grants to Microenterprise Development Organizations to help microenterprises startup/grow through a Rural Microloan Revolving Fund and provide training and technical assistance to microloan borrowers and micro-entrepreneurs. RMAP FY22 Funding Announcement. Application Deadline: To the RD State Office no later than 4:30 p.m. (local time): Dec. 31, 2021, March 31, 2022, and June 30, 2022

Emergency Rural Health Care Grants U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities Emergency Rural Health Care Grants are designed to help broaden access to COVID-19 testing and vaccines, rural health care services, and food assistance through food banks and food distribution facilities. Recovery Grants provide immediate relief to address the economic conditions arising from the COVID-19 emergency. Application Deadline: Until all funds are exhausted