Health Forward Foundation

Health Forward awards $574,503 in November, December Applicant Defined Grants


Date: Dec. 18, 2015
Contact: Jennifer Sykes
Phone: (816) 241-7006

Kansas City, MO — The Health Forward Foundation (Health Forward) has awarded 12 nonprofit organizations a total of $574,503 in Applicant Defined Grants.

The following grants were awarded in November and December 2015:

Agency Amount Awarded Project Description
American Heart Association $70,000 To support trainings for early child care center providers, training materials and resources for early child care centers, and salary support to implement the trainings and resources.
BikeWalkKC $70,000 BikeWalkKC is establishing a base network of support with local schools and community organizations. BikeWalkKC now seeks funds from the Health Care Foundation to expand and adapt efforts to build a community network of care around the fundamental idea that all communities, especially those with limited transportation access and poor health outcomes, deserve quality places to live, work and play and access to physical activity.
City of Iola, Kansas $59,320 To support activities in preparation of the construction of a pedestrian/bicycle bridge to span Elm Creek at Washington Street. These activities include engineering studies, signage, street markings, building community support and site preparation.
COVERSA $17,000 To support COVERSA’s staff capacity to continue the effectiveness of services to victims, improve evidence collection processes, and increase prevention and reduction strategies in response to incidences of rape and sexual assault.
Donnelly College $47,000 To expand the capacity of the Donnelly Counseling Center programming to provide on-site mental health assessments and treatment, expansion of partnerships with community mental health and social service providers and assistance accessing resources for Donnelly’s primarily minority, low-income and first-generation college students.
Freewheels For Kids Inc $37,000 To support the general operating expenses of FreeWheels for Kids, with 73 percent of the funds directly supporting its two programs: Let’s Get Rolling and Bike Club.
Recreation Council of Greater Kansas City $50,000 To provide funding that will enhance the existing online Asset Mapping System and Resource Center for people with disabilities; and, also conduct a gap analysis based on the Asset Mapping System to identify where programs are needed.
Kansas University Endowment Association $30,000 To pilot an evidence-based, parent-adolescent communication intervention to prevent and/or reduce sexual risk behavior among Latino adolescents in Kansas City, Kansas, through Promotores de Salud, an innovative community health worker model.
Mother’s Refuge $35,000 Health Forward funds will strengthen our ability to provide coordinated health care services, training, and direct care for underserved, homeless, pregnant and parenting young women and infants.
Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri $73,000 To support comprehensive sexual health education and community outreach in Wyandotte County.
reStart, Inc. $62,183 To provide temporary housing and intensive care coordination to help clients in our Adult Emergency Shelter program access health services, maintain or increase income, and exit to sustainable permanent housing.
Young Women on the Move! $24,000 To support rapid growth of existing programming in eight middle schools and five high schools in the Kansas City, Kansas school district, targeted at low-income girls.

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 awarded a total of $4.25 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