News from City Hall
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 11, 2012
Insurance requirement waived for reBUILD/KC grants
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Neighborhood Services Division announces that it has waived the insurance liability requirement for the reBuild/KC Neighborhood Mini Grant Program. The program offers funding opportunities to registered neighborhood organizations for various improvement projects.
“We recognized the insurance requirement was a barrier for some neighborhood groups and with the help of other City departments we were able to remove that barrier,” said Deletta Dean, principal assistant to the director of the Neighborhoods and Housing Services Department. “It is our hope that neighborhoods that were discouraged from applying because of the insurance requirement will now take advantage of this funding opportunity.”
There is still funding available to receive a grant up to $2,000 for successful applicants whose neighborhood projects foster partnerships, provide a public benefit to the community and can be completed by Aug. 30, 2013. All grants require a dollar-for-dollar matching contribution of volunteer labor, donated materials and/or in-kind services.
The application period is open until Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. Grant applications and complete program information and criteria can be accessed at www.kcmo.org/neigh or at the Neighborhood Services Division on the Fourth Floor of City Hall, 414 E. 12th St.
To be eligible for a grant, registered neighborhood organizations must meet the below criteria:
- Must represent a geographic area, such as a neighborhood or a cluster of neighborhoods
- Must demonstrate broad-based community support for and participation in proposed project
- Must perform the project within the geographic area in which applying
- Must demonstrate proof of partnership (formal letter of support)
- Must have active, identifiable leadership recognized and elected by its members
- Must demonstrate fiscal accountability and have an established process to manage grant funds that includes a current checking account in the name of the organization
- Must be a not-for-profit neighborhood organization in good standing and incorporated in the state of Missouri
- Must have the capacity to complete the proposed project by August 30, 2013
- Must have submitted an annual registered neighborhood summary report
Examples of projects eligible for this grant include, but are not limited to, neighborhood cleanups, community gardens, community art programs and youth development programs.
Technical assistance will be available during the application period to help organizations understand the program and navigate the application requirements. The City will review all applications and select viable projects based on selection criteria.
Organizations will receive grant funds on a reimbursement basis, for eligible expenses incurred, based on neighborhood matching contributions. To earn the matching grant, the neighborhood group must make a contribution - donated labor, professional services, etc. - that is assigned a fair value ($15 per hour). For each $1 of donated time, labor or materials, the neighborhood group earns $1 of matching grant funds up to $2,000.
For more information or media inquiries about the reBUILD/KC Neighborhood Mini-Grant Program, please contact Tiffany Drummer, Neighborhood Services Division, at 816-513-3210 or Deletta Dean, 816-513-3220. For media inquiries, contact Deletta Dean, principal assistant to the director of Neighborhoods and Housing Services, at 816-513-3220.