KHF provides $300,000 in national grant-writing assistance for Kansas organizations

March 15, 2019

Media Contact Ashley Booker, 316-491-8414

WICHITA, Kan. – The Kansas Health Foundation (KHF) recently awarded $300,000 to the University of Kansas Center for Public Partnerships and Research (CPPR) to develop funding proposals that bring new resources to Kansas communities.

For the past 20 years, KHF has provided funding to CPPR to perform grant-writing assistance to Kansas schools, non-profits and government organizations to better compete for national funding opportunities. KHF’s investment of $1.4 million has yielded nearly $163 million in national funds that’ve been awarded for public health services, educational support, and improving child and youth development across the state.

“Through continued grant-writing support from CPPR, Kansas organizations have a significantly better chance of securing limited federal and national funding opportunities,” said Steve Coen, KHF president and CEO. “This funding is vital in providing high-quality services and programs for Kansans.”

CPPR assistance also helps build capacity of smaller Kansas nonprofits that do not have or are unable to hire professional grant-writing assistance.

CPPR secured 61 grants of the 102 total submitted proposals from 2007-2018. Among them were Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) rural health development grants for Kearny County Hospital and Thrive Allen County ($100,000 each), a HRSA Maternal and Infant Early Childhood home visiting grant for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (totaling $10.4 million) and funding for a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program employment and training pilot program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the Kansas Department for Children and Families (for $13.2 million).

Funds to CPPR–which will be distributed through 2021–support grant writing for opportunities that align with KHF’s priority populations and one or more of its impact areas (access to affordable health care, healthy behaviors, civic and community engagement and educational attainment).

“Every day, the lives and health of people across Kansas are improving, thanks to the visionary leadership of the Kansas Health Foundation,” said Jackie Counts, CPPR director. “I want to thank the foundation for allowing us to take part in this life-changing work.”


The Kansas Health Foundation is based in Wichita, but statewide in its focus. With a mission to improve the health of all Kansans, KHF envisions a culture in which every Kansan can make healthy choices where they live, work and play. To achieve this, KHF focuses its work in four impact areas: access to affordable health care, healthy behaviors, civic and community engagement and educational attainment. During its 30-year history, KHF has provided more than $500 million in grants to Kansas communities and organizations, and looks forward to working toward its mission and vision for many years to come.

At the Center for Public Partnerships and Research at the University of Kansas, our mission is to optimize the well-being of children, youth, and families. Our multidisciplinary team of Social Change Navigators envision healthy, happy, thriving communities for all. CPPR forges and sustains strategic partnerships with thought-leaders and change-makers in government, academic, non-profit, and business organizations. We work with partners in Kansas and across the country to address complex social issues as experts in research and evaluation, social innovation, and data science. Through more than 50 grant-funded projects, we work to address challenges in areas like K-12 education, public health, youth development, early childhood, child welfare, child neglect and abuse prevention, and adaptive leadership. We believe that big changes are possible, and we are continually working toward lasting and far-reaching solutions.

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