Health Forward Foundation

Health Forward awards $396,000 in October Applicant Defined Grants

Kansas City, MO — The Health Forward Foundation (Health Forward) has awarded eight nonprofit organizations a total of $396,000 in Applicant Defined Grants (ADG).

Health Forward reviewed 16 ADG proposals totaling nearly $1.1 million in requests.

The following grants were awarded in October 2016:


Agency Amount Program Description
Black Health Care Coalition $69,000 To support key personnel who will build capacity for organizational effectiveness and growth.
Calvary Community Outreach Network $60,000 To implement its Healthy Faith program in partnership with three urban core African-American churches to reduce health disparities faced by their congregations through education, training, and advocacy.
CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties $41,000 To support needs assessment, training for advocates, case management and use of assessment tools to improve access to mental health treatment for children with a history of victimization and improve health literacy among young adults preparing to age out of foster care.
Cristo Rey Kansas City $60,000 To provide medical care and mental health services for students from low socio-economic households.
KC Healthy Kids $45,000 To foster healthier eating through policy and practice change, increasing the use of local food in schools and other institutions.
Child Care Aware of Kansas $40,000 To support Building Bridges to Family Partnerships, a family engagement and early childhood wellness initiative that will create consistency between home and child care.
Poetry for Personal Power $20,000 To support mental health-focused engagement events, targeted toward youth and young adults in the KCMO and KCKS urban core, to promote resiliency, reduce stigma and share resources.
Rosedale Development Association $61,000 To build the capacity to address community-identified needs and priorities.

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 Applicant Defined Grants.

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