Health Forward awards $499,205 in applicant defined grants

Kansas City, MO — Health Forward Foundation has awarded 11 nonprofit organizations a total of $499,205 in applicant defined grants during the month of July.

Health Forward reviewed 23 proposals totaling $1,373,490 for this funding round.

The following grants were awarded in July 2019:

Agency Award Grant Description
Ad Hoc Group Against Crime $55,000 To support mental health services — including in-home counseling and crisis support — for youth and families of color experiencing community violence trauma in economically-distressed neighborhoods.
Budget and Financial Management Assistance $18,068 To help people with disabilities achieve financial stability and improved health by providing financial case management.
Food Equality Initiative $37,500 To support core operations so the organization can provide allergen-friendly and gluten-free foods to low-income individuals diagnosed with food allergies or celiac disease.
Harris Park Midtown Sports and Activity Center $36,250 To expand sports and health programming, improve the physical environment of the Ivanhoe Neighborhood, and improve health outcomes for residents.
Mercy and Truth Medical Missions $50,000 To increase organizational sustainability, offer more services, and improve access to care for uninsured and underserved people in Johnson County, Kansas, by hiring an additional provider.
Miles of Smiles $65,285 To reach more low-income children in Kansas City, Missouri, with free, portable, and accessible dental care provided through an innovative collaboration model.
Missouri Budget Project $37,500 To provide policy analysis, outreach, coalition building, and advocacy to protect and strengthen Missouri’s Medicaid program.
Newhouse $71,273 To support program stability, quality assurance activities, and ensure the highest efficiency of programs supporting domestic violence victims.
Northland Health Care Access $53,329 To implement the Coordinated Care for KCMO Low-Income Uninsured program, which will provide access to care for low-income, uninsured people.
Sierra Club Foundation $25,000 To clean Kansas City’s air and lower the rate of pollution-related health problems among residents through support of a Kansas City-based staff position.
UMKC Foundation $50,000 To provide trauma-informed programming for grandparents actively involved in raising their grandchildren.

“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.