Health Forward awards more than $1 million in Applicant Defined Grants

Contact: Jennifer Sykes
Phone: (816) 241-7006

Kansas City, MO — The Health Forward Foundation (Health Forward) has awarded 25 nonprofit organizations a total of $1,058,219 in Applicant Defined Grants (ADG) over the months of March, April and May.

The following grants were awarded in March, April and May 2017:


Agency Amount Awarded Description
Ad Hoc Group Against Crime $50,000 To provide free, grief counseling to low-income people who have been traumatized by criminal violence in their neighborhoods, as well as to provide intensive cognitive intervention services to change the attitudes of public school students at high risk of engaging in crime and violence.
Avenue Of Life $25,000 To expand the capacity and reach of the Equipping Center Impact Wednesday program, which provides equitable health-related services such as primary health care assistance, on-site nutritious meals, take-home nutritious meals, fitness and cooking classes, mental health and counseling services, case management, emergency wrap-around services, bi-lingual program staff, and community gardens.
Belton School District #124 $34,998 To provide behavioral health services to the underserved population of early childhood students in Belton, Missouri.
Benilde Hall $40,000 To support the medical and medication needs of our clients and the community
Camp Fire $46,760 To support and expand Camp Fire’s capacity to deliver and expand conflict resolution programming that helps increase indicators of youth resiliency.
Center For Developmentally Disabled $40,000 To provide a nurse supervisor/trainer to oversee health care for developmentally disabled persons.
Child Abuse Prevention Association $60,000 To provide the core-operating staff needed to effectively facilitate CAPA’s counseling program.
Children’s Mercy Hospital $45,872 To improve health outcomes for transgender patients by increasing their access to best-practice medicines not covered by insurance.
City of La Harpe $10,000 To support recreation, fitness and health activities in the La Harpe City Hall.
Drumm Center For Children $33,000 To license and implement a data system that improves Drumm Farm’s ability to track data and evaluate outcomes across a unique range of program supports for children and young adults.
Greater Kansas City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen $43,587 To bring mobile mammography into underserved areas. Women who are underinsured or uninsured will be able to access breast health education and no-cost screening from their own neighborhoods and/or familiar locations to them.
Harvesters – The Community Food Network $50,000 To provide BackSnack, the nation’s largest weekend childhood-feeding program, to 19,500 food-insecure elementary students in the region.
Heartland Outreach Providers $60,000 To support basic dental services for uninsured and underinsured low-income families and children in Jackson County, Missouri.
Humanity House Foundation $40,000 To expand services providing healthy food and activities to people in poverty in Allen County, Kansas.
Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council $40,000 To support general operations necessary for the proper continuation, oversight and of Ivanhoe’s three main programs — Neighborhood Stabilization, Sustainable Health Urban Living (SHUL), and Family and Youth Services.
Kansas City Missouri School District $40,000 To support a conflict resolution and restorative justice organization to encourage a change from punitive discipline to restorative discipline in two middle schools, and to increase the conflict resolution skills of students in four high schools. Program will provide wrap-around services for students.
Kansas City, Kansas Community College $50,000 To provide funding for teaching instructors, a college intern, and a research mentor; to fund part of the student and intern stipends, camp supplies for medical camp high school students and high school graduates as medical research interns.
Kim Wilson Housing $60,000 To provide housing location services to consumers who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Lazarus Ministries of Grand Avenue Temple $20,000 To support Lazarus Ministries’ relocation from downtown Kansas City, Missouri, to the historic Ivanhoe neighborhood; to provide emergency and wrap-around services to families, elderly, and the working poor; and to support Lazarus’ strategic planning process.
Marlborough Community Coalition $36,000 To build operational capacity to make measurable impacts counteracting the health stresses of low-income urban life in the five neighborhoods of the Marlborough Coalition.
Missouri Primary Care Association $50,000 To support advocacy efforts that educate lawmakers and the general public about the important role Federally Qualified Health Centers fill in assuring access to health care for low-income and uninsured Missourians.
MorningStar’s Development Company $35,000 To support management research and workshop activities that provide a foundation for future fundraising and operations.
Operation Breakthrough $54,690 Grant funds will support individual and group therapeutic services for children suffering from trauma and toxic stress.
Rose Brooks Center $71,312 To provide immediate emergency support for Bridge hospital advocacy services for 340 patients at Truman Medical Center while a funding plan for program sustainability is developed and implemented.
Samuel U Rodgers Health Center Foundation $22,000 To provide transportation services that allow patients to access all health care and ancillary services at Rodgers Health.

Health Forward Applicant Defined Grants (ADG) are awarded outside of the Foundation’s annual Requests for Proposals. ADGs are reviewed and awarded monthly and allow organizations to define their own immediate grant needs in relation to the Health Forward mission. Organizations are allowed to apply for an ADG once per year and are capped at $75,000. In 2017, Health Forward will award approximately $4.085 million in ADGs.

“We are proud to support the work these organizations are doing to remove barriers to health care for the most vulnerable populations in our service area,” said Bridget McCandless, M.D., Health Forward President/CEO.

Learn more about Health Forward’s Applicant Defined Grants.

Health Forward Foundation
2300 Main Street, Suite 304
Kansas City MO 64108
(816) 241-7006