Health Forward awards $421,485 in applicant defined grants

Kansas City, MO — Health Forward Foundation has awarded nine nonprofit organizations a total of $421,485 in applicant defined grants during August 2019.

We are proud to support the following:

Agency Award Grant Description
After the Harvest $75,000 To provide more healthy produce to food-insecure families, individuals, and seniors through support of increased engagement efforts.
Bluford Healthcare Leadership Institute $24,000 To cultivate underrepresented college scholars for health care leadership. They will gain experience at a leadership institute and intern at health-based organizations that eliminate health inequities, ultimately improving access to quality care for the underserved and uninsured.
CASA of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties $30,760 To develop a comprehensive, data-informed strategic plan; provide personal advocacy services to children with a history of abuse or neglect; and mobilize trained volunteer advocates.
Center for Developmentally Disabled $44,909 To provide training and specific nursing instruction for direct support professionals caring for people with developmental disabilities in Jackson County, Missouri.
The Children’s Place $72,456 To increase staff capacity to serve more children under the age of five who have experienced adverse life events resulting in developmental delays in the areas of cognition, language, and behavior.
Grandparents Against Gun Violence $6,375 To prevent injuries and deaths from accidental shootings or suicides by supporting the purchase of gun locks for community distribution and training.
Marlborough Community Coalition $72,985 To support implementation of innovative and effective healthy community programming to close the 12-year life expectancy gap experienced by residents of the Marlborough Neighborhood.
NourishKC $20,000 To support an organizational evaluation, improve sustainability, develop strategic and board development plans, and create a fund development framework.
Uzazi Village $75,000 To increase maternal and infant health equity in Kansas City’s urban core, decrease the rate of preterm births and low birth weight babies, and increase successful breastfeeding rates through support of core programming.

“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.

Health Forward reviewed 15 proposals totaling $829,235 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. Organizations are allowed to apply once per year and are capped at $75,000. In 2019, Health Forward will award approximately $4 million in applicant defined grants.

Learn more about Health Forward’s applicant defined grants.