Health Forward awards $365,872 in applicant defined grants

Kansas City, MO — Health Forward Foundation has awarded 11 nonprofit organizations a total of $365,872 in applicant defined grants during November 2020.

We are proud to support the following:

Agency Award Grant Description
Emerging Builders $22,072 To provide mental health services that help participants address personal trauma; make constructive, non-violent choices; and obtain stable employment in the construction trades.
Food Equality Initiative $40,000 To provide nutritious food to people with allergies or celiac disease who are also experiencing food insecurity. Funding supports core operations and staff salaries.
Kansas City Free Eye Clinic $20,000 To provide eye care to more than 400 people in Greater Kansas City through support of staff salaries.
Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey $17,000 To provide Mental Health First Aid training for staff. Funding also supports licensed social workers in providing a culturally focused arts education and personal development curriculum.
NourishKC $40,000 To provide access to safe and healthy food in Kansas City through continued board development, strategic planning, meal programming, and improved volunteer engagement – all while adjusting to COVID-19 regulations.
reStart $31,200 To support the second phase of reTreats, a new program focused on workforce development for youth in the transitional living and maternal group home programs. Funding supports livable stipends for interns, essential kitchen equipment, and marketing.
Shepherd’s Center Of Kansas City, Kansas $32,600 To support food delivery, weekly home health care and prescription assistance, caring check-up calls, and minor home repairs for older adults in Wyandotte Co.
Sisters In Christ $50,000 To increase immediate access to trauma-informed and culturally competent mental health services for women with co-occurring disorders and reentry challenges.
Street Medicine KC $35,000 To address urgent housing and employment needs, and increase access to medical, dental, and behavioral health care.
The Children’s Place $40,000 To support continuation of transportation services that ensure children with developmental delays achieve their treatment plan goals and live healthy lives.
Welcome House $38,000 To support core operations and provide recovery and residential support to men who are uninsured.

“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 42 proposals totaling $2,061,033 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.

Deadlines for our 2020 funding opportunities are available here.