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2019 Healthy Communities Grants

Grants to Kansas and Missouri Nonprofits and Agencies to
Promote Healthy Lifestyles in the Greater Kansas City Area

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Health Forward Foundation

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Deadline Date:

04/17/19 12:00 PM


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Grants to Kansas and Missouri nonprofits and government agencies in the Greater Kansas City area for programs that promote access to healthy foods, support tobacco use prevention, and facilitate safe environments for physical activity. An LOI is due prior to submission of a full application. The overall goal of this grant program is to create community environments that can reinforce healthy choices. The Fund's mission is providing leadership, advocacy, and resources to eliminate barriers and promote quality health for the uninsured and underserved.

For the purposes of this program, the service area includes: Kansas City, including portions of Clay and Platte Counties; and all of Cass, Lafayette, and Jackson Counties, Missouri; as well as Allen, Johnson, and Wyandotte Counties, Kansas.

Short Term Outcomes for Individuals:
- Increased knowledge and awareness of issues affecting community health.
- Increased engagement in health-related efforts that elevate the community.
- Increased use of programs, services, and environments that contribute to overall improved health.

Short Term Outcomes for Organizations and Communities:
- Strengthened collaborations that increase awareness of, and support for, healthy communities.
- Increased community action based on public will and community input.
- Increased affordability and accessibility to healthy foods.
- Greater access to safe environments that promote healthy living.
- Increased community capacity and support for tobacco prevention policies, including those related to retail sales/signage.

Short-term outcomes for environments and policies:
- Organizational and city-wide policies that support active, healthy, tobacco-free, and safe living conditions.
- Increased public resources and investment in infrastructure for healthy living.
- Physical environments that support active, healthy, tobacco-free, and safe living.

Long-term outcomes:
- More individuals are engaged in healthy practices
- Health environments are maintained and used by a mobilized community
- Policies that support healthy communities are sustained through ongoing, collaborative multi-sectoral efforts.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177283

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Term of Contract:

Grants will be awarded for a period of up to two years; applications for two-year grants are required to provide a compelling explanation of why the proposed program requires multi-year funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant organizations must be tax-exempt as defined by IRS Code Sections 501(c)(1), 501(c)(3), 501(c)(6), or 501(c)(9); be a government agency; or use a qualifying fiscal agent.

A fiscal agent must be a nonprofit organization, must be designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(1), 501(c)(3), 501(c)(6) or 501(c)(9) designation, and must have annual financial audits.
An organization is required to use a fiscal agent if it has applied for a 501(c)(1), 501(c)(3), 501(c)(6) or 501(c)(9) designation, but has not yet officially received that designation from the IRS; or if the grantee organization’s financial statements are not audited.

Organizations must maintain ongoing operations, including staffing and programs, within Kansas City, Mo., and/or the Missouri or Kansas service areas.

The following are not funded:
- Individuals, for any reason, including paying for medical procedures, prescriptions, health insurance, education or training.
- Basic or applied biomedical research, biotechnology, or laboratory studies
- Endowments or contributions to permanent funds or accounts that are intended to yield interest or dividend-bearing income for the support of staff, programs, services or other operations
- Construction, purchase, non-mandated renovation, demolition, or re-purposing of any physical facilities or real property
- Supplanting or offsetting the maintenance of effort by government or public entities
- Supplanting private funding
- Political campaigns to support or oppose candidates for public office
- Evangelizing activities of religious organizations
- Payment of bonds, loans, notes, or any other form of sponsorship or outstanding debts of an applicant or its affiliate(s)
- Annual fundraising appeals

Pre-Application Information:

Application Timeline:
- Letter of Intent Deadline: March 20, 2019, by noon
- Full Proposal Deadline: April 17, 2019, by noon
- Board Approval: July 12, 2019

All applicants should take the eligibility quiz to confirm your organization’s eligibility for Health Forward funding. Once you pass the eligibility quiz, you will be prompted to register for the grantee portal.

Letters of Intent and applications should be submitted online. Applicants will receive an email confirming receipt.

2019 Healthy Communities Funding Application Webinar:

Application Process:

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Eligibility quiz:

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If you encounter an error message indicating your username or email address is already in use, please contact

Karen Guile

Brenda Calvin, Senior Program Officer

Adriana Pecina, Program Officer

Health Forward Foundation
2300 Main Street, Suite 304
Kansas City MO 64108
(816) 241-7006

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Kansas: Allen, Johnson, and Wyandotte Counties;   Missouri: Kansas City Area, including portions of Clay and Platte Counties, and all of Cass, Lafayette, and Jackson Counties