Five Foundations Establish ACA Grant Fund
Five health philanthropies that fund health programs and initiatives in the state of Kansas this week announced the formation of a $450,000 Affordable Care Act Opportunity Fund (ACA Fund) to help Kansas organizations carry out activities that support implementation of the federal health reform law.
The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, the Kansas Health Foundation, the REACH Healthcare Foundation, the Sunflower Foundation and the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund established the fund to assist state agencies and nonprofit organizations with planning, research, consumer engagement and other activities related to implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
The fund was modeled on funding pools philanthropies have created in other states to help their states maximize federal grant and technical assistance opportunities connected with health reform.
Beginning in June, organizations can apply online through the Topeka Community Foundation for grants of $5,000 to $30,000. To be eligible, applicants must be operating in Kansas for the benefit of Kansans.
Organizations may apply for grants to support legal, actuarial and policy research and activities; preparing federal grant applications; matching funds for grants; and efforts to engage consumers and other stakeholders in health reform implementation. Other funding opportunities may include participation in regional and national conferences related to health reform and public education on provisions of the law.
ACA Fund applications will be accepted on a continuous basis through December 2011. Information on the ACA Fund, eligibility criteria and application forms will be available June 1 on the Topeka Community Foundation web site at www.topekacommunityfoundation.org.