COVID-19 Response Resources
  • Paycheck Protection Program – U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. This program is for any small business with less than 500 employees (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons), private non-profit organization or 501(c)(19) veterans organizations affected by coronavirus/COVID-19. Businesses in certain industries may have more than 500 employees if they meet the SBA’s size standards for those industries. Small businesses in the hospitality and food industry with more than one location could also be eligible at the store and location level if the store employs less than 500 workers. This means each store location could be eligible. Deadline: June 30, 2020.

  • NEW! The Red Backpack Fund – Spanx and Global Giving: Since its inception, Spanx and The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation have been dedicated to elevating and supporting women through entrepreneurship. Knowing the ripple effect that empowering women can have to strengthen communities, the foundation donated $5 million to support female entrepreneurs in the wake of COVID-19 and teamed up with GlobalGiving to establish The Red Backpack Fund. GlobalGiving is making at least 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the impact of the crisis. Deadline: July 13, 2020.

  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan – U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on small businesses, Missouri has been granted a disaster declaration by the SBA. This makes low interest disaster loans available to small businesses and private non-profits severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for each affected small business or non-profit. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Deadline: December 21, 2020.

  • CARES Act Fund – Missouri Humanities Council: Missouri Humanities (MH) is honored to provide rapid-response funding to nonprofit cultural organizations that provide humanities programming and are facing financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus. Funding for this grant is provided by the CARES Act and the National Endowment for the Humanities. MH will consider applications to support humanities-based projects or programs submitted by a 501 (c)(3)non-profit organization or a civic, educational, or cultural organization that operates as a non-profit, including (but not limited to) schools and other educational institutions, local government and governmental agencies, and civic associations. Grants will be made to Missouri nonprofit cultural organizations that provide humanities programming and are facing financial hardship due to the coronavirus. Grants are for general operating expenses or specific projects. No match is required. Funding requests will be reviewed internally by MH staff starting May 1, 2020 on a rolling basis. This fund will remain active until all monies have been committed.

  • Public Assistance Program – Missouri Department of Public Safety State of Emergency Management Agency (SEMA): SEMA’s Public Assistance Section (part of SEMA’s Recovery Division) administers federal grants to eligible public entities for the repair and restoration of damaged roads, bridges, public infrastructure and facilities in federally-declared disaster areas. These expenses included emergency protective measures or response costs as a direct result of the disaster. Public entities include municipal and county government, school districts, state agencies, and certain private, nonprofit organizations. The deadline for local governments and eligible nonprofits to submit a Request for Public Assistance has been extended for the duration of the current Public Health Emergency, unless otherwise announced by FEMA.

  • The Main Street Initiative – Mainvest: If you have an existing brick & mortar business that has been negatively affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and you launch a capital raise on Mainvest, you may be eligible to receive a $2,000 zero-interest loan immediately*. Then through your capital raise, you can receive over $100,000 of investment from your community.

  • USDA Programming Changes: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, USDA has made some changes to current and upcoming grant programs including deferred payments and extended due dates.

  • Kansas City Regional COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund: A coalition of charitable, business and government partners has joined together to create the Kansas City Regional COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to address the needs of the Kansas City region's most vulnerable communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Kansas City Regional COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations that have experience supporting impacted communities – particularly those that are disproportionately affected by this global pandemic and its economic consequences. This program is available for Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte, and Ray counties in Missouri.

  • Small Business Relief Initiative - GoFundMe: GoFundMe has partnered with Yelp and Intuit QuickBooks to create a Small Business Relief Fund to help small businesses negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Each of these three companies has contributed $500,000 to the Fund, and it's receiving additional donations from the public. The fund will provide $500 grants to any small business that raises $500 on GoFundMe.

  • National COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Match Fund – ioby: The ioby National COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Match Fund provides matching dollars to ioby crowdfunding campaigns for projects that help your community respond to and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Dollars are available now, on a first-come, first-served rolling basis. You can access up to a total of $8,000 for donations to projects crowdfunding on ioby for projects that respond directly to COVID-19 or its impacts in your community.

  • COVID-19 Nonprofit Response Fund – Community Foundation: This fund’s purpose is to support nonprofit organizations impacted by efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus, with a priority for those providing vital basic needs services and resources to disproportionately impacted individuals and families impacted by following public health recommendations. Grants may be made to nonprofit organizations, churches, schools, or units of government located in or significantly serving one or more of the following counties: Adams, Brown, Hancock & Pike in Illinois; and Clark, Knox, Lewis, Marion, Monroe, Pike, Ralls, and Shelby in Missouri. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Current Grant Opportunities
  • Building Vibrant Communities – Bank of America Charitable Foundation: Vibrant communities are places where individuals can thrive and succeed and have the opportunity to live and work with safe, decent housing, transportation to jobs, strong business corridors and thriving arts and culture districts. All of these are essential to an individual’s overall economic mobility. Bank of America supports local and regional revitalization efforts taking a holistic approach to building thriving communities, create economic opportunity and livable neighborhoods. This includes support of economic drivers such as arts and cultural institutions that contribute to the overall vitality of the community. Available to communities in the Kansas City and St. Louis metro areas. Deadline: Applications accepted beginning June 1, 2020 through June 26, 2020.

  • Preservation Funds – National Trust for Historic Preservation: National Trust Preservation Funds (NTPF) are intended to encourage preservation at the local level by providing seed money for preservation projects. These grants help stimulate public discussion, enable local groups to gain the technical expertise needed for particular projects, introduce the public to preservation concepts and techniques, and encourage financial participation by the private sector. Grants generally start at $2,500 and range up to $5,000. The selection process is very competitive. Deadline: June 15, 2020.

  • Battlefield Preservation Fund – National Trust for Historic Preservation: Battlefield Preservation Fund will serve as a catalyst to stimulate efforts to preserve battlefields, viewsheds, and related historic structures and to leverage fund-raising activities. While efforts involving battlefields associated with the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the French and Indian Wars, and other battles fought in the United States are eligible for funding, priority will be given to those that have limited access to other specialized battlefield funding programs. Typical uses of grants from the fund include legal and research fees to mitigate development threats, fund-raising and media plans, feasibility studies for endangered buildings and sites, archeological studies, landscape research and planning, viewshed protection, easement planning, and interpretation and heritage education activities. Grants generally start at $2,500 and range up to $5,000. The selection process is very competitive. Deadline: June 15, 2020.

  • Let’s Play Community Construction Grants – Keurig Dr. Pepper & KABOOM!: Keurig Dr Pepper & KABOOM! have teamed up to offer $15,000 grants to be used toward the purchase of playground equipment. Grantees will lead their community through a self-guided planning process, using the $15,000 grant towards the total cost of playground equipment and assembling the playground using the KABOOM! community-build model. Grantees have up to one year to build the playground and will have the support of a remote KABOOM! Grants Manager and an onsite Certified Playground Installer. Deadline: June 19, 2020.

  • 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: June 30, 2020.

  • NEW! Community Mobility Design Challenge – National Center for Mobility Management(NCMM): NCMM’s Community Mobility Design Challenge 2020 Planning Grants, with funding from the Federal Transit Administration, will support communities seeking innovative ways to address personal wellbeing of community members that face transportation barriers to recreation and physical activities, healthy food, personal safety, economic opportunity, or community and peer support opportunities. Deadline: July 6, 2020.

  • Grants for Arts Projects – National Endowment for the Arts (NEA): Through project-based funding, NEA supports public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation, the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. Projects may be large or small, existing or new, and may take place in any part of the nation’s 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. NEA encourages projects that address the following activities: celebrate America’s creativity and/or cultural heritage; invite a dialogue that fosters a mutual respect of the diverse beliefs and values of all persons and groups; enrich our humanity by broadening our understanding of ourselves as individuals and as a society; and engagement with typically underserved constituencies. Cost share/matching grants generally will range from $10,000 to $100,000. In the past few years, well over half of the agency's grants have been for amounts less than $25,000. Deadline: Submit preliminary info to July 9, 2020, submit application July 14-21, 2020.

  • National Fund for Sacred Places – Partners for Sacred Places in collaboration with the National Trust for Historic Preservation: This program offers participating congregations with two critical resources to support the stewardship of their historic facilities. This includes capacity-building technical support services and capital grants for the restoration of the building. Each participating congregation is required to send representatives to capacity-building training. Planning grants that average $5,000 are administered to participants on a rolling basis upon request and can cover a variety of professional services needed beyond the expertise of the congregation. Participating congregations will also receive a package of individualized technical assistance. After finalizing a comprehensive fundraising plan and scope of work—and once participating congregations have completed the National Fund training and received other capacity-building services—participants are ready to request a capital grant of $50,000-250,000. Deadline: July 13, 2020.

  • NEW! 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 web site 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: August 1, 2020. 

  • Our Town – National Endowment for the Arts: Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts’ creative placemaking grants program. These grants support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Successful Our Town projects ultimately lay the groundwork for systemic changes that sustain the integration of arts, culture, and design into local strategies for strengthening communities. Through Our Town projects, the National Endowment for the Arts Endowment intends to achieve the following objective: Strengthening Communities: Provide opportunities for the arts to be integrated into the fabric of community life. Project outcomes may include economic change, physical change, social change, and systems change. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $150,000, with a minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount. Deadline: Submit preliminary info to August 6, 2020, submit application August 11-18, 2020.
Highlighted Ongoing Grant Opportunities

  • 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 continue their recovery form 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 on a continual basis 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 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.

  • Tax Credit for Contribution Program – Missouri Development Finance Board: The Missouri Development Finance Board is authorized by Section 100.286.6 of the Missouri Statutes to grant a tax credit equal to 50% on the value of any eligible contribution to the Board by any taxpayer. For contributions made to the Infrastructure Development Fund and for which the applicant is requesting a grant of contribution proceeds from the Board, the project must qualify as a public infrastructure facility as determined under Chapter 100.255(9) and (14) of the Board’s statutes. Deadline: ongoing.
Any Special Projects?
Do you have a special project in your historic district that we can keep in mind when researching funding resources? Email Katelyn at .
Share Your Success
We would love to share any grant success stories in a future issue of the Grant Resource Directory in order to provide ideas for how the funding has been used in Main Street communities. If you have any projects you would like to share, email Katelyn at .
How can MMSC assist your community?
Community Empowerment Grant Program
The Community Empowerment Grant (CEG) program is a two-year grant for services as a 60/40 matching grant. The community is responsible for 40% of the costs totaling $12,320. To be eligible for this program, a community representative must attend an CEG workshop. Check here for upcoming workshops.

The CEG program includes hands- on training and guidance to help the community establish a local Main Street program.
Strategic Teams Engaging People
Strategic Teams Engaging People (STEP) is a one-year grant for services as a 75/25 matching grant. The community is responsible for 25% of the costs totaling $5,000.

The STEP grant provides individualized training with a focus on initiatives for sustained revitalization and technical development to advance the Main Street organization's downtown development.
People Energizing Places
People Energizing Places (PEP) is a two-year grant for services as a 75/25 matching grant. The community is responsible for 25% of the costs totaling $9,600.

The PEP grant was developed to provide the next step for local Main Street programs with more advanced training and development customized for the community's needs.
The opportunities included in this email are not a complete list of possible funding resources. This list is not meant to take the place of an individual organization’s research. Not every opportunity will be applicable to each organization or community. This list may include grants for government entities, other non-profits, etc. whose work supplements that of a Main Street organization. 

The Grant Resource Directory is a benefit for Missouri Main Street Connection network members. Thank you for joining and supporting the work of MMSC and Main Streets in Missouri!
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