Sunflower Foundation > Grants > COVID-19 Grants
Sunflower awards grants to support mental health services for Kansans during COVID-19 pandemic
Emergency Integrated Care Grants: Core Operating Support = $141,000
(April 2020) Sunflower deployed emergency COVID-19 funding to active integrated care programs across the state. The funds provide core operating support for a wide range of behavioral health staffing and programming needs. While modest, these flexible funds assist integrated care sites to maintain their integrated care infrastructure while they navigate changing reimbursement models and the up and down patient volumes associated with the pandemic.
Integrated Care Partners - $141,000
Emergency Community Mental Health Grants: Core Operating Support = $59,000
Projected Patient Volume = 20,900 Kansans
(April 2020) Sunflower deployed emergency COVID-19 funding to a select number of community mental health centers based on guidance from the Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas. Centers were selected based on urgent need and/or their unique role in supporting the mental health needs in their community. The funds provide core operating support for a wide range of behavioral health staffing and programming needs. Within community mental health centers, these funds have been especially useful in deploying telehealth services to ensure client care continues. Of note, it would appear that the infrastructure to support patient telehealth was less developed in the state’s mental health settings than in other health care sites.
Elizabeth Layton Center (Ottawa, Paola) - $20,000
The Guidance Center, Inc. (Oskaloosa, Leavenworth, Atchison) -$20,000
Family Service and Guidance Center (Topeka) - $19,000
Discretionary grants = $20,000
NAMI Kansas (statewide) - $10,000
Compass Behavioral Health (Garden City) - $10,000
Nearly half a million dollars in food security grants awarded to food banks, agencies and school districts as communities feel the economic impacts of COVID-19
The Sunflower Foundation has awarded $435,000 in food security grants to food banks, community food agencies, and school districts to ensure that children and families have access to nutritious meals. In the midst of school closures and record unemployment for the state, families have turned to our food banks and food agencies for additional support. At the same time, school districts modified preparation and distribution plans to comply with pandemic guidelines so that children could still access meals they would typically have if attending school.
Community Food Agencies (Large population centers) - $40,000
Feeding Kansas Kids: Summer Meal Programs - $250,000*
Sunflower awards COVID-19 response grants to support operations for local health departments
Emergency Public Health Grants: Core Operating Support = $115,000
(March 2020) Sunflower provided emergency COVID-19 funding to 72 local public health departments serving 77 Kansas counties. Small, rural departments were prioritized for funding. The grant was administered by the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments (KALHD). The goal was to provide local departments with quick access to dollars needed to meet immediate needs. These were not large grants, $2,000 or less, but the funding proved vital to the 72 departments who found themselves in a difficult financial position. The majority of departments used the funds to support staffing and to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE). KALHD noted that while the public health community is hoping to benefit from the larger, longer-term aid packages being assembled at the federal level, it has been the funding provided through the Sunflower Foundation and the speed at which those funds were approved and deployed that has eased the stress of many health department administrators while protecting their staff as they went about their critical work early on in the pandemic.