REACH Makes Changes to Core Operating Grant Process


Beginning this year, REACH Foundation core operating grants will become solicited grants and not be included in the competitive grant cycle. The change will allow foundation staff to issue invitations directly to safety net health centers, community mental health centers, regional and statewide advocacy organizations, rural health coalitions and stand-alone dental clinics to submit applications for core operating support.

This change reflects our steadfast commitment to investing in organizations that share the foundation’s health care access and quality interests and are key to the health care safety net.

The maximum awards for core operating support are based, in part, on the organization’s annual operating budget. For 2014, organizations with annual operating budgets of more than $15 million will not be eligible to apply. Foundation staff will discuss the core operating grant application process at a meeting on Thursday, July 25. Email notifications will be sent to organizations eligible to attend the Core Operating Grant Conference.

The REACH Foundation established the core operating grant category early in its grant making years to provide unrestricted support to organizations whose work is highly aligned with the foundation’s mission and outcomes. The core operating grants also represent established partnerships with REACH and partners with a consistent record of achieving outcomes. In 2012, the foundation awarded $1,530,000 in core operating grants. Since inception, REACH has made 93 awards totaling $7.9 million in core support.

Program grants will remain part of the annual competitive grant cycle and continue to focus on strategies and efforts that increase access to health care services and coverage, and improve the quality of health services. More information will be provided at the Program Grant Conference on August 15.

Core Operating Grant Conference (by invitation)
Thursday, July 25, 2013, 1-3 p.m.
REACH Healthcare Foundation, Large Conference Room, 2nd Floor
6700 Antioch Road, Merriam, Kansas 66204
Program Grant Conference
Thursday, August 15, 2013, 1-3 p.m.
Mid-America Regional Council, Board Room
600 Broadway, Suite 200, Kansas City, Missouri 64105

For questions about the planned changes, contact Bill Moore, Ph.D., Vice President of Program, Policy & Evaluation, 913-432-4196, or email