Health Forward awards $626,045 in applicant defined grants

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

Kansas City, MO — Health Forward Foundation has awarded 13 nonprofit organizations a total of $626,045 in applicant defined grants during the month of November.

Health Forward reviewed 46 proposals totaling $2,687,916 for this funding round.

The following grants were awarded in November 2018:


Agency Award Grant Description
Allen County $29,950 To ensure access to locally grown, healthy food for SNAP consumers, increase economic development for local producers, and foster a sense of community for all market stakeholders by providing program support for the Allen County Farmers Market.
Benilde Hall $30,000 To support the medical needs of homeless men in the community by hiring an additional nursing staff member.
Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired $65,000 To support speech-language, occupational, and physical therapist positions for blind and visually impaired infants.
Community LINC $50,000 To achieve stability and homefullness by providing housing and supportive services for low-income, homeless families in Greater Kansas City.
Front Porch Alliance $65,000 To provide experienced parent educators to help low-income urban families build knowledge and access resources about family and child well-being.
Guadalupe Centers $45,000 To provide increased access to bilingual substance use disorder treatment services, reduce waiting periods for admission, and improve treatment outcomes.
Healing House $32,635 To improve the quality of mental health and addiction treatment services by expanding health information technology that will collect, track, and report on residential and administrative activities.
Health Care Collaborative of Rural Missouri $50,000 To achieve improved health access and outcomes by increasing oral health outreach and services for low-income families in rural Missouri.
House of Hope $45,308 To educate, empower, and guide children and families affected by domestic and sexual violence by hiring a family support specialist.
Housing Services Of Kansas City $40,000 To achieve coordinated, wrap-around services for older adults who have legal custody of their grandchildren by hiring a full-time case manager.
Missouri Coalition for Oral Health $50,000 To increase the health equity of all Missourians by building awareness of the importance of oral health, building capacity for advocacy, and advancing public policies that improve oral health.
reStart $71,152 To support a development department that will maintain a stable, thriving organization for vulnerable families in need of mental and physical health stabilization through transitional housing.
Tri-County Mental Health Services $52,000 To extend the benefits of the health home program to those without insurance or Medicaid. Health homes are person-centered systems of care that facilitate access to primary and acute health services, behavioral health care, and long-term community-based services.

“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.

In 2018, Health Forward awarded approximately $4.25 million in applicant defined grants. Due to technology improvements Health Forward is making to our grants management system, the next opportunity to apply for an applicant defined grant will be March 2019 (tentative).

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