Health Forward awards $617,244 in applicant defined grants

Kansas City, MO — Health Forward Foundation has awarded 13 nonprofit organizations a total of $617,244 in applicant defined grants during October 2019.

We are proud to support the following:

Agency Award Grant Description
Baptist-Trinity Lutheran Legacy Foundation $60,000 To provide seniors with hearing aids that will combat the adverse effects of hearing loss including physical, psychological, and cognitive declines.
Caritas Clinics (Duchesne Clinic) $33,000 To link the medical director with the Medical Alumni Volunteer Expert Network Project, which uses telehealth technology to link providers with specialty care experts from across the country. Funds will also expand medical interpretation staff.
Central Avenue Betterment Association $51,656 To promote healthy cycling activities for youth by teaching safe riding and repair skills.
Donnelly College $49,342 To provide health education, wellness activities, and clinical mental health services to help students improve understanding of mental health and wellness; resolve crises; and improve functioning.
Harvesters $50,000 To maintain the BackSnack program, which provides weekend meals to food-insecure children. Funds will support food purchases, salaries, transportation, and technology costs.
Kansas Appleseed $60,000 To create a housing justice movement in Kansas by expanding statewide coalition building, communications, and research. Funds will support efforts to gain an in-depth understanding of the unique housing challenges all Kansans face, a crucial step in developing statewide policy solutions.
KC CARE Health Center $50,000 To support a new prenatal and postpartum care coordination program that will serve expectant mothers. The program will reduce maternal and infant mortality and morbidity and improve health outcomes for underserved and medically vulnerable populations in Kansas City.
Consensus $23,764 To build internal capacity for creating innovative civic engagement opportunities and strengthening the social fabric of the Kansas City metro area.
Mother and Child Health Coalition $40,000 To reduce infant and maternal mortality by expanding development capacity.
Rosedale Development Association $54,482 To maintain core operations, while expanding the Advancing Rosedale Community Health project and coordinating two youth programs.
Seton Center $75,000 To provide critical, oral health services to people who live at or below the poverty level.
Sheffield Place $20,000 To improve technology and expand mental health and recovery services provided to homeless mothers and their children in Northeast Kansas City, Missouri.
United Inner City Services $50,000 To provide access to nutritious foods and healthy eating education for children and families.

“We are proud to partner with these organizations to eliminate health disparities for those most in need in our communities,” said Graciela Couchonnal, Health Forward Vice President of Programs.

Health Forward reviewed 24 proposals totaling $1,478,152 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.