The Clymer Giving Fund is charged with improving the lives of underprivileged and underserved populations in the Kansas City area. Through our philanthropic efforts, we aim to partner with organizations that address issues such as poverty, homelessness, hunger, access to healthcare, education, and other critical needs. Our goal is to empower individuals and families to reach their full potential, and we are deeply committed to helping build a brighter future for everyone in Kansas City.


Organization must be classified as one of the following:

  • A 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity
  • Independent sponsored project of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit acting as a fiscal sponsor
  • Government or tax-supported public entity

Activities or programs must take place in the Kansas City Area.


Only one application per organization is accepted per calendar year.

A final report for any previously awarded grant is required before a new request is considered.

Grant Amount & Types

Typical grants range between $5,000-$10,000, but generally do not exceed 10 percent of an organization’s annual budget.

What we look for

Alignment with the Clymer Giving Fund’s mission and interests

Clearly presented goals, objectives and strategies

Provision of unduplicated, needed programs and services

Sustainable and diversified funding streams

Solid financial statements and cash reserves

Demonstrated financial need

Proven track record of success with positive outputs and outcomes

Effective and qualified leadership

Engaged and committed board of directors with 100% making a meaningful financial contribution to the organization

Strong, effective and ongoing organization and program evaluation

Community buy-in and support evidenced through donations, volunteer engagement, collaborations and partnerships

Utilization of best practices and principles across all levels of the organization

We Don’t Typically Fund

Capital campaigns

Endowments, debt reduction, or loans

Multi-year grants

Organizations that discriminate in any way

Political causes, candidates, or campaigns

Public policy, advocacy, or research

Start-up organizations

Programs outside of Kansas City

Special events, conferences, or promotions

How to apply


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If eligibility is met your APPLICATION will be reviewed