The Truman Heartland Community Foundation is inviting nonprofit organizations located in or serving citizens of Eastern Jackson County to request portions of about $250,000 in available funds for 2019.

About $125,000 each is available through the Community Grants Program and the Jelley Family Foundation Endowment for Children's Education Fund.

Jelley Family Foundation grant seekers must apply by March 18, and Community Grant seekers must apply by April 8.

Programs considered for Community Grant funds must address one or more of the following issues:

• Arts, culture and historical preservation.

• Adult or non-traditional (not children's) education.

• Community betterment, such as improving neighborhoods, youth development and leadership, programs for senior, transportation or violence prevention.

• Health and human services.

• Wildlife preservation in Missouri.

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

Applicants can apply for both grants from both funds, but not with the same proposal, and applicant's specific programs are eligible for funding for up to three consecutive years. Complete application guidelines can be downloaded and submitted online at

In 2018, Truman Heartland issued grants to 60 nonprofits totaling more than $347,000 through its competitive grants program.