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JCDS receives $25,000 grant from Kansas Health Foundation 

Johnson County Developmental Supports has been awarded a $25,000 grant through the Kansas Health Foundation’s Impact and Capacity Grants (ICG) initiative. This funding will help support COVID-19 response and recovery efforts for individuals in service, such as additional nutrition expenses, supplies and resources for individuals receiving support almost exclusively in their homes as day and employment programs have temporarily closed.

 “The unprecedented nature of COVID-19 has changed how we provide services to many of the people who rely on JCDS for care,” said JCDS Executive Director Chad VonAhnen. “We appreciate the Kansas Health Foundation for their support during this time. Partners such as KHF, County leadership, community members and Friends of JCDS have been tremendous in helping us continue to fulfill our mission during this global health emergency. Partnerships are critical in times of crisis, and we are grateful to KHF for their support and belief in our mission.”

 The ICG initiative provides one-year grants of up to $25,000 for nonprofits, faith-based and government organizations mission-aligned with the Kansas Health Foundation (KHF) and focused on COVID-19 response and recovery. The KHF board recognized the need to repurpose the ICG funds specifically for COVID-19 due to unprecedented circumstances of the pandemic and the effect it is having on the state. KHF fielded 477 funding proposals from organizations across the state.

“This surge of requests for COVID-19 assistance demonstrates clearly that Kansans are experiencing overwhelming need as we grapple with this unprecedented crisis,” said Reggie Robinson, KHF president and CEO. “We’re proud to support these vital organizations as they continue to serve their clients and communities.”

This spring, KHF awarded more than $2 million through this program to help 91 organizations with COVID-19 response and core operations support to work toward recovery. To date, KHF has authorized more than $16.3 million to support emergency COVID-19 response and recovery efforts across Kansas.

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ABOUT JCDS

JCDS is an agency of Johnson County Government that facilitates career and personal development for Johnson County residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It is the largest provider of IDD services in the county. 

ABOUT THE KANSAS HEALTH FOUNDATION

The Kansas Health Foundation is based in Wichita, but statewide in its focus. With a mission to improve the health of all Kansans, KHF envisions a culture in which every Kansan can make healthy choices where they live, work and play. To achieve this, KHF focuses its work in four impact areas: access to affordable health care, healthy behaviors, civic and community engagement and educational attainment. During its 30-year history, KHF has provided more than $500 million in grants to Kansas communities and organizations and looks forward to working toward its mission and vision for many years to come.