Health Forward Foundation

Health Forward awards $340,842 in applicant defined grants

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

Kansas City, MO — The Health Forward Foundation (Health Forward) has awarded seven nonprofit organizations a total of $340,842 in applicant defined grants during the month of January.

Health Forward reviewed 16 proposals totaling $937,435 for this funding round.

The following grants were awarded in January 2018:


Agency Amount Description
After the Harvest $60,000 To build core organizational strength, increase efficiency, support technology upgrades, attract more funds, distribute more produce, and develop a stronger identity in the community.
Alphapointe $20,000 To provide low-vision exams, optical devices, and accompanying occupational therapy to uninsured people who have lost, or are losing, vision.
Calvary Community Outreach Network $50,000 To reduce health disparities of six, urban-core, African-American congregations through education, training, and advocacy provided as part of the KC Faith initiative.
Donnelly College $50,842 To support ongoing efforts of the Donnelly College Counseling Center to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. The counseling center serves the individual mental health needs of Donnelly College’s low-income, minority, and first-generation students.
SAVE, Inc. $50,000 To strengthen services and provide resources that ensure healthy outcomes for vulnerable clients by hiring additional staff.
Sunflower House $60,000 To provide children who are victims of abuse in Johnson and Wyandotte counties with trauma-focused therapy, advocacy, and forensic services by supporting volunteer recruitment and fundraising for the child assessment program.
Youth Ambassadors $50,000 To provide underserved teenage youth in Kansas City’s urban core with educational programming to increase self-efficacy, social emotional skills, and positive determinants of health and resiliency.

Applicant defined grants are awarded outside of Health Forward’s annual requests for proposal. These grants are reviewed and awarded monthly for organizations to define their own immediate grant needs in relation to the Health Forward mission, target population, and service area. Organizations are allowed to apply once per year and are capped at $75,000. In 2018, Health Forward will award approximately $4 million in applicant defined grants.

“We are proud to partner with these organizations to eliminate health disparities in our communities that are most in need,” 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