KANSAS CITY, Mo., (Dec. 18, 2023) – The Research Foundation announced the following organizations who were approved to receive funding through its new community grants initiative.
The grants will support programs and organizations that expand access to care, promote health equity, address the health care pipeline, and promote retention within the health care workforce.
The Research Foundation focused its first-year grants on organizations with health-centered missions that primarily serve residents in Jackson County, Missouri, prioritizing urban Kansas City.
“We’re excited to partner with local nonprofit health organizations to better serve the needs of those in Jackson County,” Cynthia Randazzo, The Research Foundation president and CEO, said. “Our priorities, which focus on health care access, equity, and workforce, were developed by local needs assessments and our community grant process has been intentionally developed to foster collaboration and relationship building.”
The Research Foundation launched the new community grants program after providing health-centered programs and forming partnerships in the Greater Kansas City area for decades. Through the generous support of our donors, The Research Foundation currently provides scholarship support for nursing and allied health students, injury prevention education to youth, financial assistance to low-income cancer patients, and many other health-centered initiatives.
The foundation remains committed to its current programs that invest in nursing and allied health students and professionals, patients, and the Kansas City community. To maximize impact, the board of directors determined additional foundation funds could be used to support community health partnerships.
“We are very proud of the health-centered programs we manage. We are excited to expand our reach through partnerships with area nonprofits who are also doing outstanding work in health,” Randazzo said.
More information about The Research Foundation’s community grants program is available at theresearchfoundationkc.org/communitygrants.