Applicant Defined Grant Application

Applications are reviewed monthly by program officers (with the exception of December), with funding decisions made usually within 4-8 weeks after receipt of proposal.

No organization may submit more than one applicant defined grant proposal per calendar year, regardless of whether or not a grant is awarded. The maximum amount that can be requested is $75,000.

Awardees will be notified of their funding by email, visiting our website, or signing up for our press release email list

2021 COVID-19 Update

In 2020, Health Forward made changes to our applicant defined grant process in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Review this update to learn more about those changes and how they impact the 2021 applicant defined grant process. Be sure to apply using the most current application templates provided below.


All applications are due at noon on the following dates:

  • Extended: January 13, 2021
  • February 3, 2021
  • March 3, 2021
  • April 7, 2021
  • May 5, 2021
  • June 2, 2021
  • July 7, 2021
  • August 4, 2021
  • September 1, 2021
  • October 6, 2021
  • November 3, 2021

Instructions and templates

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This zip file contains detailed instructions on how to apply using our new online system. It also includes the narrative template, budget template, online questions, and other helpful resources and forms. You can use these documents to prepare all of your content for the applicant defined grant.

Grantee portal

Submit your applicant defined grant proposal through our online grantee portal.

Please note: Health Forward recently re-designed the grantee portal to provide an enhanced user experience. Our application forms and process have not changed.

Access the grantee portal
Use this link to begin a new application or return to a saved application.
You may find it helpful to bookmark this link for quick access in the future.

New users can set up an account in the grantee portal by registering and completing a brief eligibility quiz.

Instructional webinars

This virtual tour walks through the redesigned portal and demonstrates the enhance functionality.

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Kansas City, MO 64108
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