Truman Heartland Community Foundation accepting grant applications

More than $250,000 available for area not-for-profits

Truman Heartland Community Foundation (THCF) welcomes nonprofit organizations located in, or serving citizens of, Eastern Jackson County to request funding for 2019.

Approximately $125,000 is available through the Community Grants Program with an additional $125,000 from the Jelley Family Foundation Endowment for Children’s Education Fund.

Truman Heartland Community Foundation works in partnership with nonprofits who display passion and vision for improving area communities. THCF’s grants are considered investments in the community. Proposals should reflect the most positive impact on the community to our grants committee, which consists of representatives from THCF’s Board of Directors and Advisory Boards.

Jelley Family Foundation grant seekers must submit their applications by Monday, March 18, 2019. Community Grant seekers must submit their applications by Monday, April 8, 2019.

Applicants may apply for both the Community Grants program and the Jelley Family Foundation Endowment for Children’s Education, but not with the same proposal. Programs are eligible for funding for up to three consecutive years. After three years of funding have been awarded for the same program, that program becomes ineligible for one year. Applicants are still eligible to submit proposals for different programs. Exceptions to this rule will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Complete application guidelines can be downloaded and submitted online at

Truman Heartland is hosting a Grant Application Workshop at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Midwest Public Risk in Independence. Nonprofits interested in applying for funding in 2019 are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP for the workshop by emailing Rachael Watkins at

In 2018, through the Competitive Grants Program, THCF issued grants totaling more than $347,000 to 60 nonprofit organizations. An entire list of grant recipients can be found here.

Community Grants Program Guidelines:

Programs considered for funding must address one or more of the following issues, which are not listed in order of importance:

  • Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation;

  • Adult or Non-Traditional Education (not Children’s Education);

  • Community Betterment (improving neighborhoods, youth development and leadership, programs for seniors, transportation, violence prevention, etc.);

  • Health and Human Services;

  • Wildlife Preservation in Missouri.

Organizations that are 501(c)(3) nonprofits, units of local government or public education institutions located in or serving individuals or communities in Eastern Jackson County (defined as East of I-435) are eligible to apply for Community Grants funding for Arts, Culture, and Historic Preservation; Adult or Non-Traditional Education; Community Betterment; and Health and Human Services proposals.

Organizations applying for Wildlife Preservation in Missouri funding are not restricted to serving Eastern Jackson County. Applications from across the state of Missouri are encouraged.

Jelley Family Foundation Endowment for Children’s Education Guidelines:

Applications for Jelley Family Foundation Endowment for Children's Education must be focused on educational initiatives for children, ranging from early childhood through traditional post-secondary education. Proposals that take an innovative approach to education, focus on at-risk youth, or that are collaborative with other organizations are encouraged.

The Jelley Family Foundation endowment originated when long-time resident of Blue Springs, Dr. Carl Jelley entrusted the Truman Heartland Community Foundation with a substantial gift upon his passing to support children’s education in Eastern Jackson County. The first grants in his honor to support children’s education were made in 2014.