2015 Grants

Advocacy & Policy


Kansas Action for Children, Shawnee - $30,000
To build outreach capacity of the Kansas Center for Economic Growth in promoting responsible budget and tax policies in Kansas. Strategies include: building upon the center's network of partners; producing timely and accessible information on the state budget; and communicating the impact of state budget and tax policy decisions to policymakers, media, and other stakeholders.

Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved, Shawnee - $110,765
To support work including costs for lobbying, advocacy, the annual Legislative Day, and annual advocacy training for members.

Special Projects and Initiatives

Enroll America
, statewide - $500,000
To support work in Kansas to increase enrollment in public and private insurance through the "Get Covered America" website and media campaigns. The website answers questions for consumers, connects them with assistors and navigators in their community, and connects them to where they can sign up for health insurance. Funds will be used to purchase expertise, production, and advertising via television, radio, and digital media.

Kansas Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Inc., Douglas - $60,000
To support the Summer Food Service Program with website development and staffing aid for the Regional Summer Meals Coordinator, two Food Assistance Outreach Advocates, and the Statewide Program Director.

Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved, Shawnee - $68,860
To support the Health Reform Resource Project. The project was established by the Kansas Grantmakers in Health to help nonprofit organizations apply for federal grants available under the Affordable Care Act and ensure that the health care needs of consumers were appropriately represented in the beginning years of the implementation of the ACA.

Kansas Health Institute, Shawnee - $99,964
Three-year grant to support the KHI News Service and its coverage of health and health policy issues in the state.

Wyandot Inc., Wyandotte - $10,000
To support the production of the documentary “All These Flowers,” which provides insight and understanding into bipolar disorder. Costs covered by the grant include equipment, production, travel to film the subjects, music, and post-production.

Healthy Living & Active Communities 

Built Environment

Andover Augusta Rail-Trail Initiative, Sedgwick - $41,000
The organization will build a 6.5-mile-long, eight-foot-wide crushed limestone trail on a disused railway, which will link Andover to Augusta. Plans are underway to complete the trail to Wichita. A team of Americorps volunteers will help develop this latest addition to the Redbud Trail.

City of Basehor, Leavenworth - $44,708
The city will build a one-mile-long, six-foot-wide asphalt trail in the city’s only park. This trail project is part of an overall community effort to improve the park with additional meeting sites, tennis courts, and relocation of a historic library building.

City of Conway Springs, Sumner - $48,149
The city will build a half-mile long, eight-foot wide trail made of concrete in the city park and sport complex. The funding would go towards trail materials and construction, culverts, shade trees and distance signage.

City of Derby, Sedgwick - $55,000
The city will build a concrete trail that is nearly a mile long and six to eight feet wide within Madison Avenue Central Park. Funding will be used for trail materials and construction, shade trees and distance signage.

City of Fort Scott, Bourbon - $1,907
The city will install distance signage throughout the eight-mile-long trail through Gunn Park. The popular hiking and biking trail was built and has been maintained by volunteers.

City of Lawrence Parks and Recreation, Douglas - $49,775
The city will build a 3400-foot-long, 10-foot-wide trail made from asphalt screenings and concrete. Funds will be used for trail materials and a footbridge.

City of Minneola, Clark - $38,771
The city will build a half-mile-long, six-foot-wide concrete trail with ADA-compliant access points winding through the city’s only park. This project is in response to a recent Community Health Assessment, which identified the need for free, accessible space for outdoor physical activity.

City of Ottawa, Franklin - $13,865
The city will build a 1,600-foot-long, eight-foot-wide connector trail using crushed limestone. The trail will link the trailhead of the Prairie Spirit Trail to the Flint Hills Nature Trail.

City of Overland Park, Johnson - $55,000
The city will build a half-mile-long, 10-foot-wide asphalt trail adjacent to U.S. Highway 69 between 125th and 127th streets. The trail will connect business zones with residential and recreation areas and will be part of the city’s master trail plan, the “Greenway Linkage System.”

City of Paola, Miami - $32,189
The city will build a 7-mile-long, 8-foot-wide trail, made of crushed limestone, circling around Lake Miola. Funds will be used for trail materials, 16 culverts, two small foot bridges, and three distance signs.

City of Pittsburg, Crawford - $43,610
The city will build a 3,000-foot-long, six-foot-wide concrete trail connecting to six miles of additional trails. The trail will run adjacent to a busy street and allow “active commuters” to reach Pittsburg State University, businesses, churches, and a grocery store.

City of Roeland Park, Johnson - $18,391
The city will build a half-mile-long, six-foot-wide trail made of crushed limestone. The trail will connect to existing sidewalks to create a three-quarter-mile walking loop.

City of Tonganoxie, Leavenworth - $5,804
The city will install multiple distance markers and a trailhead kiosk for the Chieftain Trail. The kiosk will include a trail map of Chieftain trail and other county trails, exercise safety information and local historical and cultural information.

Prairie Travelers, Sedgwick - $54,907
The organization will expand the existing Prairie Sunset rail-trail by constructing seven additional miles of eight-foot-wide trail using crushed limestone.

Riley County Parks Department, Riley - $22,470
The county will build a 3,000-foot-long, six- to eight-foot wide trail made of limestone screening and concrete in Fairmont Park. The trail eventually will tie into a proposed natural surface trail along the river and connect to Manhattan's citywide Linear Trail.

USD #233 Olathe Public Schools, Johnson - $8,675
The school will build an asphalt trail to complete a schoolyard loop that is 1/4-mile-long and 5-feet-wide.

USD #348 Stafford Schools, Stafford - $15,300
The school district will build a quarter-mile-long, five-foot-wide concrete trail winding through school grounds and connecting sidewalks on the boundaries of the school yard. The project is the result of a community survey that revealed a walking/biking path was among the top 10 most desired city projects.

Special Projects and Initiatives

Grantmakers in Health, national - $30,000
Three-year grant to support the Healthy Eating and Activie Lifestyles (HEAL) programming at the organization, guaranteeing that a portion of its HEAL programming will include a focus on the built environment.

Kansas University Endowment Association, Douglas - $500
Scholarship assistance for students in the KU School of Public Affairs and Administration to attend the 2015 Kansas City/County Management conference which featured presentations on the built environment and community wellness. Students were able to learn about the importance of these concepts and how today’s leaders are incorporating health in their community planning.

Health Care

Access to Health Care

Caritas Clinics, Inc., Wyandotte - $10,000
To support the development of a clinic system model that is financially sustainable.

Compass Behavioral Health, Ford - $200,000
To support the creation and staffing of Compass Health Connection, an on-site comprehensive wellness center for patients/clients who do not have a regular source of primary care and have physical health and behavioral health care needs.

Integrated Care Initiative

COMCARE, Sedgwick - $200,000
Two-year grant to support COMCARE — the community mental health center for Wichita and the surrounding area — as it begins offering physical health care services in partnership with GraceMed, one of three federally qualified health centers in the area.

Community Health Ministry, Pottawatomie - $60,000
Two-year grant to support hiring a full-time licensed social worker and to extend hours for advanced practice registered nurse availability.

Health Partnership Clinic, Johnson - $75,000
To support a clinical psychologist and a licensed specialist clinical social worker to provide integrated care.

Heartland Medical Clinic, Douglas - $75,000
To support a behavioral health consultant and related benefits to provide integrated care.

Labette Center for Mental Health Services, Labette - $172,635
Two-year grant to support care integration with the organization's partner, Labette Health, the acute care hospital in Parsons. The grant will support a full-time licensed specialist clinical social worker at Labette Health’s family practice and OB/GYN clinics; telephonic psychiatric consultation services; training for staff at both partner facilities; and technology to support the behavioral health consultant at Labette Health.

Wyandot Center for Community Behavioral Healthcare, Wyandotte - $75,000
To support an advanced practice registered nurse and registered nurse to provide integrated care.