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2020 Healthy Communities Grants

Grants to Kansas and Missouri Nonprofits and Agencies
in Eligible Areas to Promote Healthy Lifestyles

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Health Forward Foundation

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Deadline Date:

02/19/20 12:00 PM


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Grants to Kansas and Missouri nonprofit organizations, state or local government agencies, and religious organizations to promote health for underserved and uninsured populations in eligible areas. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to applying. The purpose of funding is to increase access to nutritious and affordable food, promote safe places to be physically active, and prevent tobacco use, so that healthy habits become the norm.

Health Forward serves Kansas City, Missouri, including portions of Clay and Platte counties; Cass, Lafayette, and Jackson counties in Missouri; and Allen, Johnson, and Wyandotte counties in Kansas.

Both of the following strategies are required and must be combined to
create policy and environmental changes:

  • Equitable Engagement Strategy: Those closest to the problem are closest to the solution. It is important to work with community
    members as an equitable approach to building healthy communities.
    Example: Organize task forces, neighborhood round tables, and survey residents to generate conversations with
    community members.
  • Mobilization for Action Strategy: Provide education, build public awareness, and organize to take action or influence
    environmental and policy change.

For more information on Strategies, see:

For Outcomes of the program, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177283

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Term of Contract:

Grants will be awarded for a period of up to two years. Approval of two-year funding requests will affect the number of grants Health Forward can award; therefore, applications for two-year grants are required to provide a compelling explanation of why the proposed program requires multi-year funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicants must maintain ongoing operations, including staffing and programs, within Kansas City, Mo., and/or the Missouri or Kansas service areas
- 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. 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.
- State or local government agencies must have a Federal Employer Identification Number and be either officially incorporated in one of the 50 states or established by statute in one of the 50 states.
- Religious Organizations must provide non-evangelizing activities or programs that are available to the general public, and that are consistent with Health Forward principles of cultural diversity and cultural competence.

For more eligibility criteria, see:

All grants have to fit within the mission and priorities of the organization. There are some things that the Foundation does not fund, including:
- 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:

2020 Healthy Communities Grants
- Letter of intent deadline: January 22, 2020
- Full proposal deadline: February 19, 2020
- Board approval: June 24, 2020
All applications are due at noon on deadline dates.

Organizations interested in applying for a 2020 foundation defined grant will be expected to submit a grant proposal through Health Forward’s online grantee portal. Cities, hospitals, and universities are allowed to submit two proposals per each foundation defined grant round. All other organizations may submit one proposal.

Application Assistance: Health Forward offers opportunities for application assistance to nonprofit organizations. If interested, contact Health Forward. Application assistance includes grant review, feedback sessions, and grant writing technical assistance.

Submit your Healthy Communities application through the online grantee portal.
Please note: Anyone wanting to register for the grantee portal should contact to activate your account in the new system and provide you with instructions to login.

The 2020 application packet will be available soon.

For Frequently Asked Questions, see:
For more information about the Application Process, see:

Instructional Webinars:
- Healthy Communities webinar outlines the priorities around healthy eating, active living, and tobacco use prevention, as well as the three required strategies of equitable engagement, mobilization for action, and multi-sector collaboration.
- Application process webinar walks through the process of registering for the grantee portal and completing an application.

Contact Information:

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


Health Forward encourages you to contact Karen Guile with further questions at 816-241-7006 or

For additional information on the Healthy Communities request for proposal, contact:
Brenda Calvin
(816) 241-7006, ext. 109

Adriana Pecina
(816) 241-7006, ext. 108

Jason Williams
(816) 241-7006, ext. 123

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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