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Fall is a time when REACH Foundation staff members begin to wrap up the year’s projects and think ahead to our philanthropic investments for the next year. One of the larger commitments we make each year is core operating grants to nonprofits our Board of Directors considers to be essential partners in our effort to achieve health equity through health coverage and care.
Last week, the REACH Foundation Board approved 2017 Core Partner grants – 27 grants at $50,000 for a total of $1,350,000. This set of awards represents the inclusion of 14 new partners and an additional investment of $265,000 over 2016. Grantees include advocacy organizations, direct service providers in primary care, mental health and oral health, and organizations that provide coordination of health initiatives in our service area.
Core operating grants have been central to the foundation’s grant making for a decade. Core Partners are invited to apply for the general support grants based on their organizations’ alignment with the foundation’s theory of change and strategic priorities; the strength of their operations and program performance; and their impact on health in our service area. The funding can be used for personnel, equipment, technology and other business expenses as determined by the organization. The foundation has awarded more than $12.4 million in core operating grants since 2006.
Bill Moore, Ph.D., Vice President of Programs and Evaluation, said the organizations funded for 2017 have demonstrated “a capacity to reduce uninsurance in our service area and increase the number of consumers who receive care.” The foundation has placed an additional emphasis on supporting organizations that are working intensely to address the health care needs of particularly vulnerable populations, including homeless youth and adults; foster care youth in transition; and immigrants and refugees.
Moore said the expanded list of core partners reflects the foundation’s interest in supporting organizations that are making significant strides in creating access to health coverage and care. Grantees are invited to participate in a learning community that will focus on topics related to organizational effectiveness, planning and leadership growth.
Grant terms will begin in January 2017 for a 12-month period.
2017 Core Partner Awards
|Cass Community Health Foundation|
|Communities Creating Opportunity|
|Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, Inc.|
|Community Health Council of Wyandotte County|
|Comprehensive Mental Health|
|El Centro, Inc.|
|Health Care Coalition of Lafayette County|
|Health Partnership Clinic|
|Jewish Vocational Service|
|Johnson County Mental Health Center|
|Kansas Action for Children (KAC)|
|KAC on behalf of Kansas Center for Economic Growth|
|Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved|
|KC Care Clinic|
|Mattie Rhodes Center|
|Missouri Budget Project|
|Missouri Health Care for All|
|Silver City Health Center|
|Southeast Kansas Mental Health Center|
|Thrive Allen County|
|Tri-County Mental Health Services, Inc.|
|Turner House Children’s Clinic|
|Wyandot Center for Community Behavioral Healthcare|