Health Forward Foundation

Health Forward awards $359,800 in applicant defined grants

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

Kansas City, MO — The Health Forward Foundation (Health Forward) has awarded nine nonprofit organizations a total of $359,800 in applicant defined grants during the month of May.

Health Forward reviewed 18 proposals totaling $1,098,514 for this funding round.

The following grants were awarded in May 2018:


Agency Award Grant Description
Ad Hoc Group Against Crime $65,000 To reduce the impact of trauma due to violence among people of color in economically-distressed neighborhoods by supporting a range of mental health services.
American Heart Association $25,000 To provide clients with blood pressure monitoring, healthy lifestyle nudges, self-management reminders, and additional health and well-being resources.
Belton School District #124 $35,000 To achieve improved public health within the Belton School District and Cass County by providing behavioral health services in a school setting.
Harvesters $25,000 To provide weekend meals to food-insecure children, ensuring they return to school nourished and ready to learn.
Metro Organization For Racial And Economic Equity $35,000 To provide program support to achieve the passage of the Healthy Homes rental housing inspection ordinance for the 220,000 people in Kansas City rental housing.
Missouri Health Care For All $60,000 To support statewide leadership on grassroots health advocacy, policy advocacy in support of consumer health access, grassroots organizing, and statewide consumer story collection.
Reconciliation Services $60,000 To support core organizational improvements, strategic plan development, accounting system upgrades, Certified Public Accountant oversight, and completion of an annual audit.
Riverview Health Services $35,000 To help vulnerable people with chronic conditions through the development of an in-clinic medication assistance program.
Street Medicine Kansas City
$19,800 To support nursing care for a homeless population in need of medical and behavioral care in the Kansas City metro area.

Applicant defined grants are reviewed and awarded monthly. These grants allow 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