The Foundation’s grant making falls into three different categories of grants: major initiatives, recognition grants and other grants. While each of these three types of grants are different in scope and resources, all grants given by the Foundation are for the goal of meeting its mission to improve the health of all Kansans.
These major initiatives are approved by the board of directors and represent the largest percentage of grant money given each year. Developed strategically and proactively, these initiatives are the key driving forces for the Foundation to achieve its mission and are consistent with the Foundation’s six primary focus areas.
Major Initiatives are typically multi-year grants developed in partnership with other organizations and agencies throughout the state. A complete list of the Foundation’s 2008 major initiatives — including grantees and descriptions — is included in this report and can also be viewed here.
These grants expand the Foundation’s support to a broad range of health-related organizations throughout the state. While the majority of the Foundation’s funding is through invited proposals, the recognition grants program is designed to fund unsolicited requests, and is specifically targeted for grassroots groups doing innovative and meaningful work that fits within the Foundation’s mission.
The recognition grants program is a competitive process with awarded grant amounts of up to $25,000. There are two different recognition grant cycles each year, with application deadlines of March 15 and Sept. 15. To learn more about this program, and to find out if your organization is eligible, visit our recognition grants page. While there, you can also view a list of all 2008 recipients.
These grants allow the Foundation the opportunity and flexibility to fund more time-sensitive projects, develop partnerships, leverage resources and prepare for future initiatives.
All 2008 grants falling into this category can be viewed here.