Health Forward awards $442,800 in applicant defined grants

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

Kansas City, MO — Health Forward Foundation has awarded nine nonprofit organizations a total of $442,800 in applicant defined grants during the month of March.

Health Forward reviewed 12 proposals totaling $786,295 for this funding round.

The following grants were awarded in March 2019:


Agency Award Grant Description
Center for Conflict Resolution $50,000 To support skilled, conflict resolution and restorative justice facilitators to deliver place-based services to individuals, families, groups, and neighbors who are at risk of using violence to solve conflict.
Humanity House Foundation $30,000 To assist in the delivery of emergency services that lead to family self-sufficiency and stabilization by supporting executive director and poverty case manager positions.
Kanbe’s Markets $45,000 To achieve a more sustainable organization focused on offering seasonal, local produce for small store owners in Kansas City food deserts through local farm purchasing and by hiring a development director.
Kansas City, Kansas Community College $50,000 To support a medical learning experience for high school students from Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools interested in pursuing a career in the health sciences field by providing funding for staffing, stipends, and supplies.
Lion’s Beauty Queens $15,000 To support health education and increased engagement in community health resources for at-risk young women in strip clubs and high-risk sites in the greater Kansas City area.
Oral Health Kansas $50,000 To improve the oral health and overall health of all Kansans through advocacy, public awareness, and education.
SAVE, Inc. $74,800 To provide housing support, crisis management, and access to care for homeless individuals and families with medical or social disabilities.
Start at Zero $60,000 To support community resource coordination that improves health access for parents and caregivers participating in home visitation programming.
Sunflower House $68,000 To provide trauma-focused therapy, advocacy, and forensic services to child abuse victims in Johnson and Wyandotte counties through the child assessment program.

“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