Health Forward awards $227,900 in applicant defined grants

Kansas City, MO — Health Forward Foundation has awarded five nonprofit organizations a total of $227,900 in applicant defined grants during June 2020.

We are proud to support the following:

AgencyAwardGrant Description
Kansas City Community Gardens$50,000To establish and sustain neighborhood orchards that will increase equitable access to healthy, fresh fruit for low-income residents and those living in neighborhoods with declining life expectancies.
Missouri Jobs With Justice$40,000To organize and mobilize Missourians so those most impacted by COVID-19 are able to participate safely and powerfully in Missouri’s economy and democracy.
Rodgers Health$35,000To provide Chronic Disease Program participants with the supplies they need to maintain their health at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program focuses primarily, but not exclusively, on patients with diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and asthma.
Susan G. Komen Kansas & Western Missouri$40,000To provide breast cancer screenings to uninsured people who don’t qualify for state or federal programs in Johnson, Wyandotte, Jackson, or Cass counties.
Thrive Allen County$62,900To support core organizational operations so Allen Co. residents have access to safety net care services and health-related initiatives.

“Each of these organizations is working to remove health barriers in our communities, said Qiana Thomason, Health Forward President/CEO. “We are proud to provide this type of responsive funding for our partners.”

Health Forward reviewed 18 proposals totaling $989,145 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.