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“There is no better way to assure our children’s well-being and future success than to invest in mental health supports provided in the schools. When students show signs of distress, school-based mental health services are far more accessible and trusted by young people. School-wide social-emotional learning programs, when implemented well, improve academic success by 11% on average.”

Dr. Jennifer Stuber, University of Washington School of Social Work

2019 Impact Report

2021 Impact Report


School-Based Services

Total Funding Awarded for Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health Services in Area Schools Versus Reimbursed Expenditures

2018 – 2020:  Awarded $3,765,730 ~ Spent $3,547,438

2020 – 2021:  Awarded $6,309,140 ~ Spent $5,652,188

2021 – 2022:  Awarded $6,795,544 ~ Spent $6,523,945

2022 – 2023:  Awarded $9,156,158

2023 – 2024:  Awarded $9,468,707

Application Process

What We Fund

All funded projects must expand services for Clay County children, birth to nineteen years of age.

Funding Priority: ‎Mental Health Services

Services cited in enabling legislation include:

  • Counseling and Therapy
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Intervention Programs
  • Mental Health Screenings
  • Outpatient Chemical Dependency
  • Outpatient Psychiatric Treatment
  • Prevention Programs
  • Psychological Evaluations
  • Respite Care
  • Temporary Shelter
  • Unwed Mothers’ Services
  • Unmarried Parents’ Services

Funding Restrictions

The Fund may not be used to support the following activities:

  • Inpatient medical, psychiatric, and chemical dependency services
  • Transportation services
  • Grants to individuals
  • Capital expenditures
  • Annual appeals
  • Endowments

Who We Fund

Eligibility For Funding:

Applicants MUST:

  • Be a Missouri nonprofit or government entity
  • Be in existence for at least 5 years prior to submission of application
  • Be in good standing with the state of Missouri with no current or pending legal action
  • Secure at least 25 percent of their funds from sources other than CSF
  • Conduct independent financial audits yearly
  • Maintain client confidentiality
  • Provide services regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, or age
  • Screen employees and volunteers who provide services directly to children and youth

How to Apply

Sign Up for Funding Notices:

The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation sends out notices to registered agencies when a competition opens. Please click here to register.

When We Fund

Community-Based Services Funding Cycle

Grant cycle is  September 1 through August 31 annually

  • 02/01/2023 –      Application Opens – Click here for the link
  • 02/08/2023 –     Information Session
    • 9:00am ~ 7001 N Locust, Ste. A-100, Gladstone, MO  64119 ~ In-person Only
    • Register via email at
  • 03/15/2023 –      Application closes at 5:00pm
  • 07/19/2023 –      Awards Announced in Board Meeting


School-Based Services Funding Cycle

Two-year grants starting July 1st through June 30th.
Cycle closed until 2024.