Organizations applying for a grant must meet the following eligibility criteria:

Changes in the Foundation’s Non-Discrimination Policy

In 2016, the REACH Foundation issued a reminder to grant recipients and applicants about changes in the foundation’s requirements regarding non-discrimination:

Organizations that apply for funding are required to submit a copy of the organization’s board- or trustee-adopted non-discrimination policy that expressly prohibits discrimination in service provision and employment practices. The foundation requires that the following classes must be addressed in the organization’s policy statement:  Race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, gender identity and sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by applicable law.

Read a statement discussing the foundation’s Non-Discrimination Policy requirement, and learn more about the REACH Board policy addressing Diversity and Inclusion.

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.

Ineligible 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