Health Forward awards $633,641 in applicant defined grants

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

Kansas City, MO — Health Forward Foundation has awarded 12 nonprofit organizations a total of $633,641 in applicant defined grants during the month of April.

Health Forward reviewed 16 proposals totaling $969,863 for this funding round.

The following grants were awarded in April 2019:


Agency Award Grant Description
Amethyst Place $63,000 To provide supportive housing and individualized services to women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction so they and their children can transition to drug-free, independent housing and healthy community living.
Cancer Action $50,000 To provide practical services, financial assistance, and emotional support to more than 1,300 underserved, low-income, and uninsured cancer patients in the Kansas City area.
Cass Community Health Foundation $28,125 To recruit and retain a full-time and part-time dentist through support of a student loan repayment program.
Cristo Rey Kansas City $50,000 To meet student health and mental health needs through support of a school nurse and therapist.
Developing Potential $50,000 To address the medical needs of adults with developmental disabilities through support of a full-time nurse position.
Emmanuel Family and Child Development Center $40,516 To support the adoption of a trauma-informed model of care for low-income children and their families.
Gordon Parks Elementary School $62,000 To provide school-based, trauma-informed care for low-income and underserved children in Kansas City’s urban core.
Hope House $55,000 To improve outcomes for survivors of domestic violence through support of the Continuous Quality Improvement Project.
Kansas Action for Children $60,000 To shape policies that put children first, and provide flexibility required for responding to emerging issues through support of core operations.
Rose Brooks Center $50,000 To provide a more effective technological system that improves administrative efficiency and electronic file-sharing safety. This upgrade will improve access and eliminate an outdated system.
Vibrant Health – Wyandotte Neighborhood Clinics $75,000 To support staff positions essential to clinic operations and high-quality patient care.
Youth Ambassadors $50,000 To provide close to 300 underserved teenage youth in Jackson and Wyandotte counties with year-long, evidence-based programming to improve social emotional health, self-efficacy, and resiliency.

“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