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


EDA announced six programs to equitably invest $3 billion allocated under President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. (Click here to read the press release) The programs aim to assist communities in their efforts to build back better by accelerating the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and building local economies that will be resilient to future economic shocks.

The six programs are: 

The application process is now open. Deadlines vary based on the program.

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.

Community Development Block Grant – COVID-19 (CV) – Missouri Department of Economic Development: The Department of Economic Development’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program was allocated approximately $43 million to help communities across the state prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Communities may apply for funding for eligible activities including public services, infrastructure, economic assistance, and planning. While activities can address a variety of unmet needs, they must be directly related to COVID-19. Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until funds are depleted.

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 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.

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. 

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

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 around the world. The grants are designed to help business owners sustain their enterprises, maintain or create jobs, and spur economic opportunity as they 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, as well as a small number of capital grants. Deadline: Letters of Interest accepted on an ongoing basis, grants awarded quarterly.

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 around the world. The grants are designed to help business owners sustain their enterprises, maintain or create jobs, and spur economic opportunity as they 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.

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

Land Water Conservation Fund  Missouri State Parks The 2022 grant round for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is now OPEN. The 2022 Open Project Selection Process and Application can be located on the LWCF page: https://mostateparks.com/page/61215/land-and-water-conservation-fund-lwcf-grants. Application packets must be postmarked on or before Feb. 16, 2022.

Community Development Block Grant – Missouri Department of Economic Development: The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) has opened the FY2021 Competitive Application Cycle. This application cycle includes the CDBG categories of General Infrastructure, Community Facilities, Downtown Revitalization, and Workforce Training. CDBG is offering a courtesy review of all draft applications submitted by December 1, with feedback returned to applicant by December 31. Participating in the courtesy review is highly encouraged for applicants to ensure complete and correct applications. Deadline: January 31, 2022.

Links to opportunity applications:
• General Infrastructure
• Community Facilities
• Downtown Revitalization
• Workforce Training

Major Grants – Missouri Humanities Council: MHC awards grants to non-profit organizations including museums, libraries, educational institutions, local government, civic associations, and other similar organizations for programs in any format that facilitates interaction between public audiences and humanities experts such as scholars, authors, and educators. MHC will also assist with funding for projects such as (but not limited to) interpretive exhibits, content-based website enhancements, living history and museum theater presentations, media and publication projects that support the mission of a humanities-based organization. Major grants are offered two times per year. Deadline: February 1, 2022.

Recreational Trails Program (RTP) – Missouri State Parks: The Recreational Trail Program Grant is open to local and state governments, school districts, and non-profit and for-profit organizations. The maximum amount awarded is $250,000 for trail projects. Sponsors must have a minimum of 20% match. The project must be open to the public. Eligible projects include restoration of existing recreational trails; development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages for recreational trails; purchase or lease of recreational trail construction and maintenance equipment; construction of new recreational trails (with restrictions for new trails on Federal lands); acquisition of easements and property for recreational trails or recreational trail corridors; and assessment of trail conditions for accessibility and maintenance. Deadline: February 16, 2022.

Farmers’ Market Promotion Matching Grant – Missouri Department of Agriculture: This competitive grant program will provide funds to farmers’ markets for promotional pieces that provide awareness to communities about the farmers’ markets in their area. The grant will also fund advertisements that improve understanding of raising food and promotes agriculture in those communities. The grant awards up to $1,000 for reimbursement of expenses associated with promoting Missouri’s farmers’ markets. To be eligible, a farmers’ market must meet the United States Department of Agriculture definition of a market, be located in Missouri, and register as a member of the Missouri Grown program. Projects must be matched on at least a dollar-for-dollar basis to meet eligibility. Priority will be given to farmers’ markets using funds to expand their marketing budget and those not awarded funds in 2021. Deadline: February 18, 2022.

Rural Business Development Grant – USDA: This program is designed to provide technical assistance and training for small rural businesses. Potential applicants are rural public entities that include towns, communities, state agencies, authorities, nonprofit corporations, institutions of higher education, federally-recognized tribes, and rural cooperatives. Rural Business Development Grant money must be used for projects that benefit rural areas or towns outside the urbanized periphery of any city with a population of 50,000 or more. There is no maximum grant amount; however, smaller requests are given higher priority. There is no cost-sharing requirement. Deadline: February 28, 2022.

Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program – National Park Service: The National Park Service – Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program (NPS-RTCA) is here to help with planning, design, and technical expertise for outdoor recreation and conservation efforts. The program will assist communities and public land managers in evolving climate resiliency strategies, developing or restoring parks, conservation areas, rivers, and wildlife habitats, as well as creating outdoor recreation opportunities and programs that engage future generations in the outdoors. Applications from community groups, nonprofit organizations, tribal governments, national parks, and local, state, and federal agencies are accepted. Deadline: March 1, 2022.

Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant Program – USDA: The Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program provides funding for rural projects through local utility organizations. USDA provides zero-interest loans to local utilities which they, in turn, pass through to local businesses (ultimate recipients) for projects that will create and retain employment in rural areas. The ultimate recipients repay the lending utility directly. The utility is responsible for repayment to USDA. USDA provides grants to local utility organizations which use the funding to establish revolving loan funds (RLF). Loans are made from the revolving loan funds to projects that will create or retain rural jobs. When the revolving loan fund is terminated, the grant is repaid to USDA. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Hometown Grants – 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. Deadline: Applications are accepted quarterly, next deadline is March 31, 2022, application opens in January.