Health Forward awards $691,679 in applicant defined grants

Kansas City, MO — Health Forward Foundation has awarded 15 nonprofit organizations a total of $691,679 in applicant defined grants during November 2019.

We are proud to support the following:

Agency Award Grant Description
Allen County, Kansas $37,500 To provide low-income consumers with high-quality, locally grown products at a convenient location; increase economic development for local producers; and foster a sense of community by providing program support for the Allen County Farmers Market.
Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired $65,000 To support therapists who provide specialized services for children who are blind or visually impaired, many with multiple disabilities.
Children’s Rights $60,000 To support legal advocacy to ensure children in Kansas foster care receive trauma-informed mental health care and avoid damaging temporary placements.
City of Independence, Missouri $73,788 To assist in holding domestic violence offenders accountable and keeping survivors safe by supporting the positions of a domestic violence prosecutor and detective for the City of Independence.
House of Hope $45,715 To provide direct services to children and families affected by domestic and sexual violence by funding a family support specialist.
Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey $15,000 To provide evidence-based programing to improve social emotional health, self-efficacy, and resiliency for underserved youth.
Lafayette County Health Department $55,000 To increase access to oral health education, fluoride varnish applications, and dental sealant applications for children in Lafayette Co., Missouri, by supporting an oral health preventive services program that brings dental professionals to schools.
Legal Aid of Western Missouri $70,842 To appeal cases for clients who have had their Medicaid benefits wrongfully terminated.
Nile Valley Aquaponics $40,000 To train urban core youth and residents about creating a sustainable food system for themselves and their communities. Funding supports core organizational operations.
reStart $24,068 To support capacity-building efforts to improve the management of grants, develop strong messaging strategies, and strengthen the leadership team.
Riverview Health Services $75,000 To transition patient care to other sources and support additional administrative costs during an organizational realignment.
University of Kansas Center for Research $68,266 To achieve improved health outcomes in Wyandotte Co., Kansas, by providing enhanced walking activities in the community.
Veronica’s Voice $15,000 To assist survivors of sex trafficking by supporting a portion of the resident house manager’s salary.
Wings of Warriors Cancer Foundation $11,500 To provide transportation coordination services to cancer patients in Allen Co., Kansas.
Young Women on the Move $35,000 To empower youth to develop skills through hands-on, experiential learning, build on their strengths, and maintain positive relationships by building staff and volunteer capacity.

“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 52 proposals totaling $3,152,185 in 2019 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.

Deadlines for our 2020 funding opportunities are available at

Learn more about Health Forward’s applicant defined grants.