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Neighborhoods Rising Funds Awards $84,100 to 39 Neighborhood & Community Organizations


The Neighborhoods Rising Fund (NRF) is a funding collaborative, administeredby LISC and Community Capital Fund, that annually provides grants up to $3,000 for community-driven and neighborhood-led projects throughout the Greater Kansas City region. The NRF was created with the simple goal of seeding dreams and aspirations and building capacity in Kansas City neighborhoods. By supporting small but impactful neighborhood initiatives, the NRF has brought together hundreds of residents, built the skills and volunteer-base of neighborhood associations, and helped residents connect to each other and resources to live more productive, healthy, and interconnected lives. 

Since 2015, NRF has awarded 164 grants to neighborhood organizations in both Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS, totaling $411,924.00. These projects have leveraged 43,773 combined volunteer hours, and have engaged 105,826 participants (residents and other stakeholders) during this time.

The continued local impact of the NRF in 2020 is made possible by the following funders: Hall Family Foundation, Hallmark Corporate Foundation, AltCap, LISC Greater Kansas City, The Sosland Foundation, Commerce Bancshares Foundation, William T. Kemper Foundation, and Google Fiber Kansas City. The NRF is managed by the Community Capital Fund and LISC Greater Kansas City, two community development nonprofits that build the capacity of neighborhoods in distressed areas throughout Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas.

2020 Neighborhood Rising Grant recipients include the following:  

Kansas City, Missouri:  

  • Asylum Orchard  
  • Blue Valley Neighborhood Association  
  • Center City Neighborhood Council  
  • Chaumiere Neighborhood Association  
  • Chestnut Avenue Resource Center  
  • Citadel Center HOA  
  • Cooley Highlands Neighborhood  
  • East 23rd St. PAC  
  • East Meyer Cluster Organization  
  • Foxtown East Neighborhood Association  
  • Foxtown West Neighborhood Association  
  • Global One Urban Farming  
  • Gregory Ridge Neighborhood Association  
  • Heart of the City Neighborhood Association  
  • Independence Plaza Neighborhood Council  
  • Indian Mound Neighborhood Association (IMNA)  
  • Linwood Area Ministry Place (LAMP)  
  • Longfellow Community Association (LCA)  
  • Marlborough Community Coalition  
  • Metro Lutheran Ministry  
  • North Blue Ridge Neighborhood Association  
  • Paseo West Neighborhood Association  
  • Santa Fe Area Council  
  • Squier Park Neighborhood Association  
  • Sunset Dixon Neighborhood Association  
  • Swope Parkway-Elmwood Neighborhoods  
  • Town Fork Creek Neighborhood Association  
  • Vineyard Neighborhood Association  
  • Westside CAN Center  

Kansas City, Kansas: 

  • Central Avenue Betterment Association (CABA)  
  • Douglass/Sumner Neighborhood Association  
  • Groundwork Northeast Revitalization Group (Groundwork NRG)  
  • Historic Westheight Neighborhood Association  
  • Quindaro Homes Neighborhood Watch  
  • Resurrection Catholic School at the Cathedral  
  • Rosedale Development Association (RDA)  
  • Spring Valley Neighborhood Association 
  • Strawberry Hill Neighborhood Association 
  • Turtle Hill Community Association, Inc.  

Click here to download the PDF of all the grant recipients, project description and amount awarded.  

We expect the next round of NRF funding to open early 2021. For more information and to receive notification about the next grant round, please contact Michael Carmona, Project Manager with Community Capital Fund at (816) 502-9584 or