The H & R Block Foundation responds to community needs by awarding grants that help area nonprofits achieve greater results. By supporting programmatic efforts, capacity building, and capital projects, the Foundation helps organizations accomplish one or more of the following:
- Improve, expand, or strengthen services
- Enhance operations, staffing or professional networks
- Achieve greater results
Since its inception, The H & R Block Foundation has helped advance the quality of life for those in need by providing approximately $80 million in grants to various charitable organizations.
Grant Opportunity FAQ and How To Apply
The Foundation accepts grant applications from organizations within the Greater Kansas City area on a rolling basis year-round. Award decisions are made in March, June, September and December.
What organizations are eligible to receive a grant?
What organizations are ineligible to receive a grant?
What is the Foundation's geographic focus area?
What areas of focus (or cause areas) does the Foundation support?
• Arts & Culture
• Health & Human Service
• Neighborhood Revitalization
What types of projects does the Foundation support?
The Foundation does not generally support:
• Sponsorships and/or special events such as galas, conferences, luncheons, performances, festivals, awards dinners, etc.
• Past operating deficits or debt reduction
• Single-disease causes
• Animal-related causes
• Sports-related causes
• Political activities
• Historic preservation
How and when are grant decisions made?
What is the typical amount and duration of a grant award?
The Foundation does not have fixed minimum or maximum award limits, though grant awards typically fall in the range of $25,000 to $100,000. The Foundation mostly makes one-year grants though multi-year requests are permitted. Grant recipients may be asked to provide reports during or at the conclusion of the grant on activities supported by the grant, use of the funds, and outcomes of the grant.
The Foundation’s sister organization, the Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation, makes single-year and multi-year grant awards that typically fall in the range of $100,000 to $250,000. Grants may be funded by either Foundation, though only a single application needs to be submitted. Foundation staff will determine the appropriate Foundation to consider each request.
If an organization's grant application is denied, is it disqualified from reapplying?
No. A grant application that is denied does not disqualify or prevent an organization from reapplying, however the Foundation prefers organizations submit no more than one grant application in a 12-month period. If an organization is interested in re-applying, it should begin by completing a new questionnaire.
How To Apply
Organizations interested in applying for a grant are encouraged to review the information on this page regarding eligibility and the Foundation’s funding priorities and process:
1. After doing so, if you believe your organization and proposed funding request fall within the Foundation’s focus areas and funding objectives, please complete this short questionnaire.
This questionnaire is not a grant application; rather, it allows organizations to propose a grant idea that can be assessed for potential funding eligibility. Organizations may also contact us to obtain a copy of the questionnaire. Due to high volume, Foundation staff are unable to meet with interested organizations prior to submitting the questionnaire.
2. Questionnaire responses are reviewed by Foundation staff within 21 days of receipt, though it often takes less time.
3. Foundation staff will then follow up with the organization regarding next steps—for example, to discuss the proposal or the organization in more depth, to recommend a different direction if the proposal is not a fit for funding, or to invite the organization to submit a full application.
Once an organization has been invited to submit a full grant application, it will be given access to the online application portal. From there, the organization can create a new application, save work in progress, and submit the application at any time. Applications are accepted by invitation year-round. An invitation to submit an application is not a guarantee of approval.