FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: Feb. 17, 2016
Contact: Jennifer Sykes
Phone: (816) 241-7006
Kansas City, MO — The Health Forward Foundation (Health Forward) has awarded eight nonprofit organizations a total of $366,000 in Applicant Defined Grants.
The following grants were awarded in January 2016:
|Agency||Amount awarded||Project description|
|Alphapointe||$20,000||To support low-vision exams, optical devices, in-home occupational therapy and case management to un/underinsured senior clients in several counties in Missouri and Kansas. Funds also support senior referral services and outreach presentations. All activities help seniors remain independent and live at home.|
|Belton School District #124||$34,168||To support a part-time therapist position that will provide behavioral health services to the underserved population of early childhood students in Belton, Missouri.|
|Harvesters – The Community Food Network||$59,637||To support Harvesters’ work feeding hungry children through the BackSnack program.|
|Lazarus Ministries of Grand Avenue Temple||$45,000||To provide critical, quality medical care and supportive services to an indigent population in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.|
|Miles of Smiles, Inc.||$8,895||To purchase two Pedo Digital X-Ray Sensor sets to improve care and efficiency in delivering safety-net portable dental care to 1,700 low-income school-age children in Kansas City, Missouri.|
|Sunflower House, Inc.||$66,100||To support the Child Assessment Program in 2016 by funding a portion of three program staff positions, as well as program supplies and indirect expenses. Through this support, the Child Assessment Program will be able to provide child-friendly support and assistance to victims of child abuse who are living primarily below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level and underinsured in Johnson and Wyandotte counties.|
|United Services Community Action Agency||$67,200||To support United Services Community Action Agency’s Healthy Homes Initiative in its efforts to control asthma and other respiratory diseases caused by unhealthy home environments.|
|University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute, Inc.||$65,000||To provide an intense focus on the physical activity side of our programming, developing more culturally competent curriculum and classwork, while also increasing attention to individual performance metrics.|
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 2016, Health Forward will award approximately $4.026 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.