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My wife, Julie Assel, likes writing federal grants. I’ve been told that’s odd, and I guess I can understand why. Consider your average small-to-medium foundation grant. It might be a 2-3-page letter with an attached organizational budget, maybe your 501c3 letter and a board roster, but nothing you haven’t seen ten or a hundred times before. On the more complex end of what we normally experience, you’ve got agencies like the Health Forward Foundation in Kansas City asking for all that plus a logic model and theory of change indicator chart, with a 15-page narrative limit on certain grants. Fifteen single-spaced pages is nothing to sneeze at. Federal grants can have even higher page limits and even more attachments. The SF-424 alone can take more time to fill out than some grants can take to write.

KidsTLC, Inc. recently received a grant for $50,000 from the REACH Healthcare Foundation to support core operating expenses. Core operating support from the REACH Foundation allows KidsTLC to use the funds where they are most needed and keeps our programs operating and sustainable. KidsTLC is well-equipped to serve and impact the lives of vulnerable youth and their families. At the heart of KidsTLC’s core values is the drive and desire to constantly improve programming, especially when a gap in services presents itself in our community. We increase access through partnerships in the community and by continuing to seek out ways we can extend our expertise and services into the community (both by placing providers at off site locations and offering training to youth serving professions such as medical professionals and educators).

United Inner City Services (UICS) was recently awarded a $75,000 grant from the H&R Block Foundation and/or Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation to support the infant and toddler program at Metro Center. For more than 50 years, United Inner City Services (UICS) has served the Kansas City community by addressing challenges facing families in the urban core. Today, UICS carries out its mission of “Building Bridges. Inspiring Minds. Impacting Futures.” through the St. Mark Center, UICS’s primary service and one of Kansas City’s leading early education programs. The licensed and accredited St. Mark Center serves 150 children, along with their families, annually through early childhood education and wrap-around services.

Comprehensive Mental Health Services, Inc. was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from the REACH Core Operating Grant to support their core operating expenses. Funding from the REACH Core Operating Grant will support CMHS’s goal to help individuals and families who experience emotional and coping problems (inability to handle everyday...

KidsTLC, Inc. recently received a grant for $50,000 from the H&R Block Foundation to support staff training, consultation, and supplies focused on our agency’s “Philosophy of Care,” Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). KidsTLC will purchase much needed workbooks, video cameras for consultation, and set up an AV room for live and video supervision.  Fees will be paid for DDPI Agency Certification as well as consultant-in-training/trainer-in-training fees for the two lead DDP senior staff. Throughout the year, staff will participate in various tele-video consultations with Dr. Hughes and Mr. McKellar while our seven therapists continue their practicum work.

The YMCA of Greater Kansas City recently received a grant for $15,000 from the Prime Health Foundation to create healthy living strategies that meet the needs of their members. The Y seeks to deliver a weight-loss program with a research-based curriculum that helps individuals get moving, eat healthy, and make lasting lifestyle changes in order to lose weight and reduce the risk for developing chronic diseases.

ReDiscover recently received a grant for $15,000 from the Oppenstein Brothers Foundation to support their “You Are Enough” School-Based Therapeutic Intervention Program. ReDiscover’s “You Are Enough” school-based therapeutic intervention program will provide on-site therapeutic services to low-income students at Raytown High School (RHS), addressing issues like bullying, depression, suicidal ideation, and substance use. The full-time therapist will provide behavioral health/suicide prevention training to administration/staff and therapeutic services to high-risk students who may not otherwise have access to services due to cost, transportation, or other barriers. A Student Service Fund will provide assistance for tangible needs like clothing, school supplies, and hygiene items.

United Inner City Services (UICS) recently received a grant for $40,000 from the M.R. & Evelyn Hudson Foundation to support the Arts@St.Mark initiative which infuses the arts into the St. Mark Center’s learning environment and offers community experiences in the arts. Funds will be designated for Arts@St.Mark and will support a full-time arts educator, daily arts instruction, teacher training, and family engagement activities for children ages six weeks to five years with activities designed to align with developmental needs.