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Community Grants

Deepening our investment in the health of Kansas City

After serving Kansas City for decades, The Research Foundation is deepening our investment in the health of our community through a new grants program.

In alignment with local needs and the foundation’s historic programmatic focus, The Research Foundation will award community grants in support of programs and organizations that expand access to care, promote health equity, and address the health care pipeline and promote retention within the health care work force.

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Our Application Process
Our Eligibility Requirements
Our Grant Info Meetings
Frequently Asked Questions


1. The Community Grants Application opened on June 1, 2023. Applicants must create an account with The Research Foundation's Grants Portal to apply. Create or return to an existing account.

2. Applications were due by September 15, 2023.

3. All applicants will be notified of grant decisions by December 15, 2023.


The Research Foundation focuses its funding on organizations that primarily serve residents of Jackson County, Missouri with a priority on urban Kansas City.

Organizations must be tax-exempt under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3). We do not support 509(a)(3) organizations. We do not make grants to organizations with a pending 501(c)(3) status.

Community grants are awarded in alignment with the following priorities:

  • Expanding access to care
  • Promoting health equity
  • Addressing the health care pipeline and promoting retention within the health care workforce

Support will be considered for any program delivered by an eligible applicant that aligns with the stated priorities. All program applicants are allowed to request 10% in indirect costs to help ease the burden of overhead necessary to deliver the program.

Nonprofit organizations with health-centric missions for whom more than half of their program offerings are in alignment with The Research Foundation's stated priorities can apply for general operating support.


Watch the recording of our virtual Community Grant Info Meeting to familiarize yourself with the application process. The recording can be viewed below.

Additional Questions?

We're here to help! Send an email or call 816-276-4218.