Wyandotte Health Foundation

Fund Description: 

The Wyandotte Health Foundation (WHF) was created by the sale of Bethany Medical Center in October 1997. WHF is an independent 501(c)(3) organization not affiliated with any hospital. It continues, however, to maintain the commitment of the former Bethany hospital to serve the citizens of Wyandotte County, Kansas. WHF is governed by an independent Board of Directors that sits as a committee-of-the-whole to evaluate and award grants.

Contact Person: 
Denise St. Omer / stomer@growyourgiving.org / 816.627.3417


Deadline: The Wyandotte Health Foundation offers two grant competitions: Prevention, Intervention, and Education and Primary Care

Prevention, Intervention & Education
May 23, 2014, 5 p.m. CDT

Primary Care
July 11, 2014, 5 p.m. CDT

Areas of Interest:
WHF's mission is to promote and improve the health of Wyandotte County citizens, particularly the indigent, through grants and collaborative efforts. Therefore, WHF seeks to achieve this mission by focusing its grant making into two major categories:

Prevention, Intervention & Education Programs/projects that directly and positively change the health habits, behaviors and/or lifestyles of the indigent, uninsured and underinsured of Wyandotte County through prevention, intervention and education strategies.

Primary Health Care Programs/projects that deliver affordable and accessible primary health care directly to the indigent, uninsured and underinsured of Wyandotte County. Primary care is performed and/or managed by a personal physician often collaborating with other health professionals, and utilizing consultation or referral as appropriate. Primary care includes health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance, counseling, patient education, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses in a variety of ambulatory health care settings.

Special Consideration:
For 2014 – 2015, primary focus will be given to Primary Health Care, with a secondary focus on Prevention, Intervention & Education projects. Highest consideration for funding will be given to programs or providers of projects that:

  • Are located in Wyandotte County and directly serve Wyandotte County residents
  • Increase providers' ability to support and effectively deliver primary health care services to the indigent, uninsured and underinsured
  • Are collaborative efforts among health care providers
  • Demonstrate an effort to minimize duplication
  • Leverage additional funding, both private and public
  • Do not replace or supplant existing funding
  • Demonstrate cultural sensitivity (both interpretation/translation services and cultural awareness
  • Have clearly established measurable outcomes and the ability to monitor and report them

Grant Restrictions and Requirements:
To be considered as a potential WHF grantee, your organization must:

  • Be a 501(c)(3) organization
  • Be located within Wyandotte County or Johnson County in Kansas, or Jackson County in Missouri
  • Demonstrate that all funding will be used primarily to serve Wyandotte County residents

Not Support:
In general, WHF will NOT award grants to the following:

  • Direct support to individuals for projects or scholarships
  • Budget deficits or debt reduction
  • Activities that exclusively benefit the members of sectarian or religious organizations
  • Directly influence legislation or support candidates for office
  • Annual fund drives or events
  • Building/capital campaigns
  • Medical research

Grant Range:
There is no minimum or maximum size for grants. In general, multi-year grants will not be considered.

Grant Information Session:
The Wyandotte Health Foundation will hold a grant information session on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at the West Wyandotte Public Library.  The grant information session will provide organizations with an opportunity to learn more about the Wyandotte Health Foundation’s funding priorities for the 2014-2015 grant cycles, as well as answer questions about the application and selection process. Interested organizations, including current and recent grantees, are encouraged to attend the session. 

The 2014 Grant Information Session will be held on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 3 p.m. at the West Wyandotte Library located at 1737 North 82nd St., Kansas City, Kansas 66112.

Important Dates: 

Prevention, Intervention & Education:
Application available: April 11, 2014
Deadline: May 23, 2014 5 p.m. CDT
Notifications: Mid-August

Primary Care:
Application available: May 30, 2014
Deadline: July 11, 2014 5 p.m. CDT
Notifications: Mid-October

Procedures for Grant Seekers:
The Wyandotte Health Foundation contracts with the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation to receive and process applications for funding. All applications must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m. CST on the due date through the internet grant application module (iGAM).

Review your organization's Nonprofit Profile to ensure that all information is current. For questions about updating your profile or having REVIEWED status, please contact the Donor Relations and Education Team at 816.842.0388 or nonprofitsearch@growyourgiving.org.

Application/iGAM Instructions:
Please read the grant guidelines and application instructions in their entirety before you begin an application. If you have technical questions relating to iGAM, please contact grants@growyourgiving.org or call 816.627.3429.

  • First-time iGAM users will need to create a user name and password via the “New Applicant?” link on the iGAM homepage. Previous iGAM users may log in using their existing iGAM account credentials.
  • Users are encouraged to create a single username and password for their organization to be shared among staff.
  • If you have forgotten your password, use the “Forgot Password?” field to recover your password.
  • Save the iGAM homepage to your web browser in order to access and resume draft applications as well as to review previously submitted applications.

The grant application for the Wyandotte Health Foundation Prevention, Intervention and Education grant can be found here: WHF Prevention, Intervention and Education Application

The grant application for the Wyandotte Health Foundation Primary Care grant can be found here: WHF Primary Care Application