Health Forward awards $277,900 in applicant defined grants

Kansas City, MO — Health Forward Foundation has awarded 10 nonprofit organizations a total of $227,900 in applicant defined grants during July 2020.

We are proud to support the following:

AgencyAwardGrant Description
BioNexus KC $42,900To collaborate with Helix Health and provide Rodgers Health with a population health clinical technology tool that improves health outcomes for diabetic patients and addresses COVID-19 preparedness.
Cornerstones of Care $40,000 To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and provide appropriate care for at-risk children by supporting staffing in a children’s quarantine unit.
Empowerment Organization for Change $20,000To provide core support to a transitional housing program and recovery services for homeless women in Kansas City.
GateWay of Hope $30,000 To hire an additional person of color who will provide mental health services and seminars to community members with shared lived experience.
Gilda’s Club Kansas City $30,000 To support licensed mental health professionals who will lead educational and supportive virtual outreach to cancer patients who are uninsured or underinsured.
Goodwill of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas $25,000To produce and distribute 5,000 non-medical face coverings to low-income individuals in Jackson, Johnson, and Wyandotte counties. These masks will reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community and protect the health and livelihood of mask recipients.
Heartland Regional Alcohol and Drug Assessment Center $30,000 To improve service for individuals with substance use disorder and other co-occurring behavioral health issues by installing a new electronic medical record system.
Jewish Family Services $10,000To meet increased demand and provide healthy food to people living with food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
ReDiscover $40,000To hire a Medicaid eligibility specialist and ensure more low-income, Medicaid-eligible individuals obtain health coverage.
Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation $10,000To support the Healthy Harvest Mobile Market, which provides  fresh fruits and vegetables to people living with food insecurity.

“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 $737,414 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.