Frequently Asked Questions

To help you find answers to your questions, we've divided Frequently Asked Questions into three categories. If you have additional questions, please contact us.


General Questions

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, and are no longer part of the annual competitive process. For questions about core operating grants, contact a REACH Program Officer at (913) 432-4196.

We have identified a range of interest areas within our funding priorities (click here). If you have a question about a proposal for addressing health care access and quality, contact us to discuss your proposal.

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

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.

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 have questions, call 913-432-4196 and ask to speak with a program officer.

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.


Application Process

Allowable expenses vary slightly for each grant category. Refer to the Applying for a Grant section for information about each grant category. If you still have questions, contact program staff.

Organizations are always encouraged to call for feedback. We understand that writing proposals is a significant investment of time and resources, so we are open to providing feedback on a proposal and its fit with the REACH Foundation’s vision and goals.

The Foundation will support evaluation if it pertains to the project for which you are seeking support, and the evaluation is intended to identify best practices or assess potential to take a program to scale. Contact program staff to discuss your specific interest in evaluation before including it in a proposal.

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. Therefore, talking with individual Board members about a grant proposal is strongly discouraged.

Yes, but please review the reasons your proposal was declined before submitting a new request. If you are not clear why you were declined, contact a program officer for feedback.

There are no limits on grant applications. However, because we receive more proposals than we can fund, we encourage organizations to focus on those programs that will achieve the strongest results.

The Foundation offers one competitive grant cycle each year for Program Grants. The grant guidelines are released in August and grant decisions are made in November each year, with grant terms beginning in January. In addition, organizations may apply for a Capacity, CEO Discretionary or Advocacy Grant throughout the year. Some restrictions do apply, so organizations are encouraged to contact a Program Officer.


Application Materials

The Foundation requires interim and final reports from organizations that receive Program and Core Operating Grants. The schedule for reports will be included in the grant agreement, and organizations will receive a link to the online report forms. Organizations that receive Capacity, Discretionary and Advocacy Grants submit only a final report. A link to the online report form is sent to the grantee in advance of the report deadline.

Program and Core Operating Grants are generally paid in two installments. The first payment is made after completion of a signed grant agreement. Subsequent payments are contingent on satisfactory grant progress reports. Capacity and Discretionary Grants are generally paid in one installment on completion of the grant agreement.

In-kind may be listed in the total revenue line of the project budget if in-kind contributions are essential to the operation of the specific program.

Review the ineligible activities. If you still have questions, contact program staff.

While we understand budget adjustments may arise between submission of the Letter of Intent and the full proposal, we expect the two budgets to be reasonably similar. Any significant budget change should be discussed with program staff before submitting the full proposal.

The REACH Foundation allows up to 10% of the grant request for indirect expense. Indirect expense includes space rental, furniture, equipment, utilities, accounting services and other overhead costs.

Applicants are required to submit a copy of their most recent letter from the IRS designating the organization’s nonprofit exemption from income tax. The State Certificate only demonstrates sales tax exemption, and thus will not be accepted as a substitute. REACH staff can review your document to ensure it is the correct one.

Unless you are a governmental entity, organizations without a 501(c)(3) must partner with an organization that has the 501(c)(3) designation to serve as the lead agency and fiscal agent for the grant.