Health Forward Foundation

Health Forward awards $356,955 in applicant defined grants

Kansas City, MO — The Health Forward Foundation (Health Forward) has awarded six nonprofit organizations a total of $356,955 in applicant defined grants during the month of October.

Health Forward reviewed 18 proposals totaling $1,159,001 for this funding round.

The following grants were awarded in October 2018:


Agency Award Program Description
City of La Harpe $21,002 To encourage programming in the areas of community well-being, recreation, healthy eating, and active living through a wellness coordinator position.
Curators of the University of Missouri $71,103 To reduce mental health stigma among African-American churches and community members through educational interventions, risk reduction practices, linkage to care services, and mental health screenings.
Jewish Family Services $75,000 To provide outpatient psychotherapy to uninsured, underinsured, and low-income residents of Johnson County, Kansas.
Missouri Family Health Council $75,000 To achieve a greater policy impact on issues related to women’s health.
Rosedale Development Association $40,000 To build organizational capacity to address multiple factors impacting overall community health in Rosedale, a low-income, ethnically diverse, and underserved community within Kansas City, Kansas.
Sheffield Place $74,850 To provide mental health services to homeless children, mothers, and families with high barriers to achieving self-sufficiency. Services include individual therapy, case management, group therapy, and psycho-educational groups.

Applicant defined grants are reviewed and awarded monthly. These grants allow organizations to define their own immediate grant needs in relation to the Health Forward mission, target population, and service area. Organizations are allowed to apply once per year and are capped at $75,000.

In 2018, Health Forward will award approximately $4 million in applicant defined grants. Our remaining application deadline is Nov. 7. After that point, we will begin migrating to an improved grants management system. The next opportunity to apply for an applicant defined grant will be March 2019 (tentative).

“We are proud to partner with these organizations to eliminate health disparities in our communities that are most in need,” said Bridget McCandless, M.D., Health Forward President/CEO.

Learn more about Health Forward’s applicant defined grants.

Health Forward Foundation
2300 Main Street, Suite 304
Kansas City MO 64108
(816) 241-7006