Health Forward Foundation

Health Forward Awards $372,507 in Applicant Defined Grants

Date: July 9, 2015
Contact: Jennifer Sykes
Phone: 816-241-7006
KANSAS CITY, MO – The Health Forward Foundation (Health Forward) has awarded 10 nonprofit organizations a total of $372,507 in Applicant Defined Grants.

The following grants were awarded in June 2015:

Agency Amount Awarded Project Description
Guadalupe Center $42,507 To purchase a customized, food-transport vehicle for meals on wheels program, which provides daily meals to the home-bound and medically-frail elderly.
Kansas City Anti-Violence Project $30,000 To underwrite capacity-building activities, funding a portion of the salaries of the executive director, a new position of an education and administration associate, the fees of a contract grant writer, and acquiring new technology.
Kansas City CARE Clinic $50,000 To support two new staff positions: a financial counselor to assist and support patients as they navigate care at the clinic, and within the larger health care system; and a Human Resources Coordinator to provide vital internal support for human resources processes.
Lee’s Summit Cares $40,000 To support a mental health therapist who will continue to provide individual school-based therapy to students attending the three lowest-income schools in Lee’s Summit School District.
Morningstar’s Development Company $25,000 To help fund a planning grant, which would be used to develop and hone a responsible, strategic and realistic blueprint for Morningstar Youth and Family Life Center to most effectively serve its constituents, prior to the grand opening, scheduled for summer 2016.
Oral Health Kansas $40,000 To support overall operations to improve the oral health of all Kansans through advocacy, education and public awareness.
The Plaza Academy $35,000 To support the continuation and expansion of mental health and special education services.
Seton Center Family & Health Services $40,000 To provide professional staffing (a dentist and hygienist), as well as supplies, that will support the delivery of dental health care to additional uninsured and vulnerable patients.
Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City $25,000 To provide outpatient rehabilitation services for 225 uninsured and underinsured patients living in Jackson County, Mo.
Sunflower House $45,000 To provide funding to partially support the salaries of six child assessment program staff: receptionist, family advocate II, Iinterview specialist, director of child assessment, development specialist I and development specialist II.

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 2015, Health Forward will award a total of $4.1 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.

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