Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

HCF Healthy Lifestyles Grants

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

202 Jesse Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

573 882-9500 phone
573 884-8371 fax

Limited Submission Announcement

The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City (HCF) is accepting applications for Healthy Lifestyle grants. HCF is committed to eliminating barriers to quality health for the uninsured and underserved. The focus is on promoting healthy lifestyles, both for young people (ages 0-25) and community wide. Specifically, the HCF is interested in receiving proposals on any of the following topics: nutrition/healthy eating, fitness/active living, and tobacco prevention. All applicants need to describe how their proposed work benefits low-income individuals and/or communities. HCF will fund a variety of activities in relation to the areas of emphasis, including planning, promotion, programs and policy.

HCF would like to support local community partnerships that will increase opportunities for physical activity and improve access to affordable healthy foods for children and families through integrated changes in policies, norms, practices, social supports and the physical environment (policy and environmental changes that will position communities for larger-scale systems changes in, for example, transportation, parks and recreation and food systems.) It is important for the projects submitted under this round to build partnerships, often with non-traditional partners. The most competitive applicants will demonstrate that their partners are committed, experienced, relevant and have the expertise and influence to ensure a successful outcome. Solo applications without a range of partners will be at a significant disadvantage in this funding round. HCF is committed to funding grass roots agencies, as they play an important role in combating the topics of nutrition/healthy eating, fitness/active living, and tobacco prevention. Applicants are encouraged to develop strategies that are likely to be successful within the context of their community. HCF is particularly interested in advocacy strategies and sees the need for leadership from different sectors and constituencies.

Because MU is limited to two applications for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 8, 2010. Letters of intent should be limited to 3 pages and should include: 1) a Need or Case Statement that discusses the problem or need to be addressed by your project or program, 2) a Grant Purpose Statement that explains the project/program that the proposed grant will fund, followed by a brief description of project/program activities, and 3) the Amount of Funding to be requested and the proposed grant period.


The Foundation anticipates awarding approximately $3.5 million in Healthy Lifestyles grants. Grant periods can range from one to three years. Approvals of multi-year funding requests will affect the number of grants that the foundation can award. Therefore, applications for multi-year grants are required to explain why success of the proposed project requires multi-year funding.

Cost Share:

The Foundation will consider requests for no more than 75% of the cost of the proposed project. It is recommended that matching funds use a balanced approach of cash and in-kind resources. (click to open) The Health Care Foundation will not fund more than 50% of an organization’s operating budget. [Note – this includes the sum of all current grants HCF has with the organization.]

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, January 8, 2010

Sponsor Deadlines:

Letter of Intent: January 20, 2010

Full Proposal: February 17, 2010


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