Health Forward Foundation

Health Forward awards $363,000 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 $363,000 in applicant defined grants during the month of March.

Health Forward reviewed 12 proposals totaling $649,636 for this funding round.

The following grants were awarded in March 2018:


Agency Amount Description
BoysGrow $40,000 To fund the purchase of kitchen equipment for a youth development program focused on improving nutrition and access to food. The program also develops core vocational skills related to culinary arts, construction, farming, marketing, and public speaking.
Cultivate Kansas City $60,000 To demonstrate the social, economic, and environmental value of urban agriculture by integrating food and farming in the heart of Midtown Kansas City.
Great Circle $58,409 To support crisis intervention, clinical assessment, and individual and group therapy services as part of the Empowering Children for Healthy Outcomes (ECHO) pilot program.
Kansas City Kansas Community College $40,000 To support a medical learning experience for high school students interested in pursuing a career in the health sciences field by providing funding for staffing, stipends, and supplies.
Kim Wilson Housing $60,000 To prevent evictions through mediation and advocacy for tenants who are also mental health consumers by expanding a formal collaboration with the Kansas City, Kansas Housing Authority.
Missouri Center for Nursing $47,000 To ensure equitable and exceptional care in the Health Forward service area through innovative and evidenced-based training for nurses.
Start at Zero
$57,591
To support the expansion of home-based parent education to increase family resilience and produce kindergarten-ready children.

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