Health Forward awards $285,800 in applicant defined grants

Kansas City, MO — Health Forward Foundation has awarded eight nonprofit organizations a total of $285,800 in applicant defined grants during September 2020.

We are proud to support the following:

AgencyAwardGrant Description
After the Harvest$25,000To increase reach and engagement; bolster capacity; sustain long-term growth; and provide more healthy produce to families, individuals, and seniors living with food insecurity.
Benilde Hall$50,000To achieve improved outcomes in self-sufficiency, mental health, stable housing, and income by hiring a mental health coordinator.
Center for Conflict Resolution$44,000To support core operations that expand conflict resolution services to residents in Kansas City, Missouri, who experience high crime, violence, and compound trauma.  
CommCARE$30,000To support capacity improvements in call center responsiveness for the growing number of residents experiencing mental health crises in the Greater Kansas City area.
Crossroads Charter Schools$35,000To support the Comprehensive Student Counseling program, providing mental health access for 1,094 students in the Kansas City area.
Cultivate KC$45,000To sustain and improve the Metro Farms and Food Systems program for individuals at every stage of the local food system: farmers, consumers, and community groups and leaders.
First Call$34,800To connect individuals and families to substance use disorder resources by supporting 24/7 crisis line staffing and contract costs.
Heartland Outreach Providers$22,000To provide quality oral care and basic dental treatment for more than 1,500 patients in Jackson County and adjacent communities.

“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 17 proposals totaling $885,852 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.