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The Research Foundation awards inaugural slate of community grant awards

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.

Organization Award Amount Project Name
Ability KC $50,000 Innovative Healthcare & Programming
Alphapointe $10,000 Senior Adult Services
Amethyst Place $25,000 Supportive Housing, Family Empowerment, & Therapeutic Support
Calvary Community Outreach Network $15,000 Healthy Faith Program
Care Beyond the Boulevard, Inc. $25,000 General Operating
Charlie's House $25,000 General Operating
Child Protection Center Inc $50,000 Mental Health Services
Children's Center for the Visually Impaired $25,000 Therapeutic & Specialized Services
Cristo Rey Kansas City Sisters of Leavenworth High School $25,000 Improving Student Health
Developing Potential, Inc. $25,000 Health & Medical Support
First Call Alcohol/Drug Prevention & Recovery $25,000 General Operating
Front Porch Alliance Kansas City Inc $25,000 Neighborhood Families Program Expansion
Gilda's Club Kansas City $13,950 Education & Support Programs for Cancer Patients & Caregivers
Hope Family Care Center $50,000 Enhancing Patient Care For Underserved Populations
Jewish Vocational Service Bureau of Kansas City $50,000 Refugee-Immigrant Health Access
Kansas City CARE Clinic $50,000 Improving Health Access & Equity Through Care Coordination
Kansas City University $26,225 Journey for Underrepresented Students in Medicine (J.U.M.P.-Start)
LevelUp Kids, Inc. $40,000 Increased Vision Care Access for Low-Income Children & Youth
Mattie Rhodes Center $50,000 Healthcare Access & Equity Programming
Metro Lutheran Ministry $50,000 General Operating
Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOSCA) $25,000 Mental Health Counseling for Victims of Sexual Violence
Mission Vision Project KC $30,000 General Operating
Mother's Refuge $48,225 Improving Health for Homeless, Pregnant, and Parenting Young Moms & their Babies
Newhouse $50,000 General Operating
Operation Breakthrough, Inc. $44,000 Speech, Language, & Occupational Development for Rising Kindergarten Students
Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center $31,600 Behavioral Health Workforce Training & Certification
Seton Center $20,000 Seton Center Dental Clinic
Swope Health Services $50,000 Hickman Mills Dental Clinic General Operating
The Battle Within $25,000 General Operating
The Children's Place $20,000 Counseling Center Expansion for Caregiver Therapy
Vivent Health $50,000 New Behavioral Health & Wellness Program


“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 studentsinjury prevention education to youthfinancial 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