Health Forward awards $220,000 in applicant defined grants

Kansas City, MO — Health Forward Foundation has awarded five nonprofit organizations a total of $220,000 in applicant defined grants during August 2020.

We are proud to support the following:

AgencyAwardGrant Description
Artists Helping The Homeless$50,000To provide temporary housing and wrap-around services for patients being discharged from local hospitals and people experiencing homelessness to recuperate and avoid public contact during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Counselors Obediently Preventing Substance abuse (COPS)$50,000To hire a full-time certified professional to diagnose and provide substance use disorder treatment.
Front Porch Alliance$50,000To provide experienced parent educators and supplies for the Neighborhood Families program, ensuring children from birth to age 5 meet developmental milestones needed for kindergarten readiness.
Lykins Neighborhood Association$40,000To provide nutrient-dense food and critical social work services for residents of the Lykins Neighborhood, a community that has one of the highest COVID-19 infection rates in Kansas City, Missouri.
University of Missouri Extension Council of Jackson County$30,000To provide evidence-based nutrition and health education programs for distressed families and children.

“We are proud to partner with these organizations to eliminate health disparities in our communities that are most in need,” said Qiana Thomason, Health Forward Foundation President/CEO.

Health Forward reviewed 13 proposals totaling $652,197 for this funding round.

Applicant defined grants are reviewed and awarded monthly. These grants allow organizations to define their own immediate grant needs in relation to Health Forward’s mission, target population, and service area.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Health Forward has changed its applicant defined grant process to support current and future health and economic needs created by COVID-19.