Health Forward awards $380,247 in applicant defined grants

Contact: Jennifer Sykes
Phone: (816) 241-7006

Kansas City, MO — Health Forward Foundation has awarded 10 nonprofit organizations a total of $380,247 in applicant defined grants during the month of June.

Health Forward reviewed 16 proposals totaling $929,923 for this funding round.

The following grants were awarded in June 2019:


Agency Award Grant Description
Bright Futures Fund $25,000 To support a licensed school counselor who will provide mental health services to students at Holy Cross School.
CommCARE $75,000 To use electronic health records to efficiently prioritize and document crisis intervention, leading to higher quality safety assessments.
Counselors Obediently Preventing Substance abuse (COPS) $32,500 To support a licensed mental health professional to provide crisis assessment, referral, or treatment for participants with co-occurring mental health issues and substance use disorders.
Great Circle $3,000 To support sensory room renovation and equipment installation in an Independence, Missouri, elementary school.
Jackson County CASA $30,000 To ensure that medical and mental health needs of abused and neglected children are met and that they are placed in safe, permanent homes through support of core operations.
Kansas City Community Gardens $54,747 To provide horticultural training to residents of low-income neighborhoods, with a goal of planting community orchards for sustainable fruit production.
KC Farm School at Gibbs Road $20,000 To improve food security in Wyandotte County, Kansas, and engage underserved residents of all ages in addressing healthy food access through agricultural education, community building, and job training.
Lafayette County C-1 School District $35,000 To achieve increased attendance rates, decreased office referrals, and increased mental health functioning by providing direct mental health services to Lafayette County students.
Missouri Health Care For All $30,000 To support statewide leadership on grassroots health advocacy, policy advocacy in support of consumer health access, grassroots organizing, and protection of existing health care programs.
Thrive Allen County $75,000 To support the core development and financial administration of Thrive Allen County’s activities and community organizations.

“These organizations are working to tackle the pressing health issues facing our communities. We’re proud to partner with them to eliminate health disparities and ignite a culture of health in our region,” said Bridget McCandless, M.D., Health Forward President/CEO.

In 2019, Health Forward will award approximately $4 million in applicant defined grants.

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. Organizations are allowed to apply once per year and are capped at $75,000.

Learn more about Health Forward’s applicant defined grants.

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