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Missouri Common Grant Application

Welcome to the online home for the revised
Missouri Common Grant Application (CGA) Version 2.0.

The Missouri Common Grant Application Version 2.0 allows grantmakers and grantseekers to work from a common set of questions and definitions that reinforce solid nonprofit practices.

2017 Revisions--CGA Version 2.0
The Gateway Center for Giving convened a committee of grantmakers and nonprofit representatives in 2016-2017 to update the CGA by incorporating a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). A DEI framework informs the work of both funders and nonprofits and offers a mechanism to address the profound disparities in opportunity that exist for marginalized groups. The inclusion of DEI-related language and questions throughout the CGA and related materials is meant to:
  1. Provide a valuable perspective to grantmakers about their potential grantee's capacity to navigate DEI issues; and
  2. Encourage self-assessment and dialogue about DEI issues by both nonprofits and grantmakers.
  • To the Grantmaker: If you are interested in using the CGA for your foundation's grant application, please feel free to download the CGA template, modify it to suit your needs, and host it on your organization's website. You may wish to insert instructions about word or character limits. Please contact to let us know that you will be using a version of the CGA so that we can share important updates in the future.
  • To the Grantseeker: Grantmakers who accept the CGA will host this form on their respective websites; some grantmakers may have modified versions of the CGA. Please keep in mind that every grantmaker has different guidelines and priorities, as well as deadlines and timetables. Any funder that has agreed to accept a CGA form may request additional information at any stage in the proposal process.

THE APPLICATION: The Missouri Common Grant Application Verison 2.0 materials include:
  • Missouri Common Grant Application Version 2.0
    The full length application.
  • Short Form Version 2.0
    A shorter version of the application that can also be used as a Letter of Intent.
  • Budget Templates Version 2.0
    Includes a project budget template, organizational budget template, a capital campaign budget instruction sheet.
  • User Guide Version 2.0
    Walks grantseekers through the application questions. It includes a glossary of terms, instructions, and examples on how to answer questions. The user guide adds clarity to the application process and provides answers for many of the questions that arise during grant preparation.
  • NEW! Funder Guide: Incorporating Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
    Walks funders through the application questions that have been modified using a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). It includes a DEI glossary of terms, FAQs, and examples of how applicants may choose to answer questions. The Funder Guide adds clarity to the application process and provides answers for many DEI-related questions.
Missouri Common Grant Application Version 1.0 materials are accessible here:


  • Please be aware that grantmakers may accept one of these forms, but not necessarily all of the forms. Click here to learn which grantmakers accept which form(s) or visit an individual grantmaker’s website.
  • Grantmakers may still be using any or all of the forms included in either the CGA Version 1.0 or CGA Version 2.0.
  • Each of the grantmakers that accepts the CGA (Version 1.0 or 2.0) has different funding priorities and areas of interest. Prior to submitting a proposal it is your responsibility to determine whether your organization meets a grantmaker’s guidelines and funding priorities. Always check each grantmaker’s website for the most current information on their grant application and reporting requirements, and contact them if you have questions.
GLOSSARY OF TERMS: The CGA Version 2.0 seeks to establish a common vocabulary among grantmakers and grantseekers. Check out this list of terms used in the CGA Version 2.0.

BACKGROUND AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTSCreating Missouri’s Common Grant Application (CGA) Versions 1.0 and 2.0 were volunteer efforts on behalf of many dedicated individuals invested in enhancing Missouri’s nonprofit sector.  Learn more about the background, and who helped develop this application.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: Check out these common questions for both grantmakers, and grantseekers.
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