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Eligibility Requirements

Service Area

Our service area includes the city of Kansas City, Missouri, and Cass, Jackson and Lafayette counties in Missouri, and Allen, Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas. Funded projects must benefit uninsured or medically underserved individuals in these areas.

Organization Status

Organizations must be tax-exempt under IRS Section 501(c)(3) and not a private foundation as described under Section 509(a), and in good standing in the state in which incorporated. Governmental entities must have a Federal Employer Identification Number.

Collaborations

Collaborative efforts are eligible to apply provided the applicant organization meets the Foundation’s eligibility criteria and is exempt under Section 501(c)(3).

Non-Discrimination Policy

Organizations cannot discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, gender identity and sexual orientation in employment practices or policies and procedures concerning services. Organizations also must meet local, state, and federal regulations related to non-discrimination, wage and hour laws, workplace safety, licensing, protection of confidential health care information, and other laws and regulations that apply to staff, patients and consumers.

Fiscal Management

Organizations must maintain financial records in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and obtain an annual audit by an independent certified public accountant each fiscal year. Organizations that do not meet the audit requirement are encouraged to discuss their circumstances with program staff.

Ineligibile Activities

The REACH Foundation does not fund health care for individuals, medical or clinical research, programs focused on a single disease, endowment programs or operating deficiencies. Following is a summary of others areas not eligible for funding.
Substance abuse prevention and treatment
Suicide prevention
Domestic violence prevention
Family violence prevention
Equine or horticulture programs
Senior services or health services for Medicare-eligible populations
Crisis intervention programs
Legal assistance to individuals
Healthy lifestyles programs, such as nutrition education, fitness and food policy
Special events and fundraising activities

Theory of Change

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In 2016, the REACH Foundation began implementation of a five-year strategic plan with a revised Theory of Change that built on the foundation's longstanding interest in health care coverage, access and quality.

FAQs

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What are requirements for any new partners?

We first encourage review of our eligibility requirements and governance checklist, which outlines operational, financial and governance expectations for grantee partners.

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Does the foundation accept applications for general operating support?

The REACH Foundation has maintained a longstanding position of funding core operations for safety net health care clinics, community mental health centers and policy and advocacy organizations whose work is considered essential to maintaining a health care safety net. The foundation’s core operating grants are offered by invitation only. For questions about core operating grants, contact a REACH Program Officer at (913) 432-4196.

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If our organization has an innovative idea that seems like a fit for the foundation, how can we present it?

We encourage you to review our vision and mission and review the foundation’s Theory of Change to see if your program or project is a fit. If you still believe your proposal would support the foundation’s mission and goals, please contact a REACH Program Officer at (913) 432-4196.

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How many annual funding cycles does the foundation have?

The foundation does not set a schedule for requests for proposals (RFPs). Please sign up for our newsletter to receive notifications of funding opportunities.

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Do you have geographic restrictions?

Our service area covers Allen, Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas; Cass, Jackson and Lafayette counties in Missouri; and the city of Kansas City, Missouri. We do fund Kansas and Missouri policy and advocacy organizations that work beyond those areas, provided their work ultimately benefits the residents in our service area.

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Does the Foundation allocate its funds by county or outcome investment?

No, but we work to ensure our resources are addressing needs across our geographic and priority areas.

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What type of organizations do you fund?

The REACH Foundation awards grants to tax-exempt organizations and public agencies. Organizations without 501(c)3 status or other tax-exempt recognition must partner with a tax-exempt organization to serve as the lead agency and fiscal agent. The foundation does not award grants or financial assistance to individuals or for-profit entities.

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Can I present my proposal to individual members of the foundation’s Board of Directors?

Talking with individual Board members about a grant proposal is strongly discouraged. As part of our Conflict of Interest Policies, Board members who have prior or current relationships with particular organizations must disclose those relationships, and may be required to recuse themselves from discussion and/or votes related to those grant proposals.

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