Healthy Communities Application

Healthy Communities


Deadline has passed. Applicants who did not submit a letter of intent by noon on January 27, 2021 are not eligible to submit a full proposal.

Full proposal deadline: February 24, 2021 @ Noon
Board approval: June 30, 2021

Instructions and templates

Download the Healthy Communities application packet.

(Instructions to download and open a .zip file)

This zip file contains detailed instructions on how to apply using our new online system. It also includes:

  • Request for proposal
  • Theory of change
  • Narrative template
  • Budget template
  • Online questions practice template
  • Other helpful resources and forms

You can use these documents to prepare your Healthy Communities application.

Grantee portal

Submit your Healthy Communities application 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.

Review process

Health Forward consults with external reviewers from outside our service area to provide expertise and unbiased feedback on foundation defined grant proposals. Health Forward also relies on our internal knowledge of the field, the community, our history with applicants, and grantee performance to inform our decisions.

Ultimately, Health Forward staff and leadership make the final decision on grant selection. As always, the Health Forward Board of Directors provides guidance and final approval.

Instructional webinars

  • This virtual tour walks through the redesigned portal and demonstrates the enhance functionality.
  • Healthy Communities webinar outlines the priorities around healthy eating, active living, and tobacco use prevention, as well as the three required strategies of equitable engagement, mobilization for action, and multi-sector collaboration.
Health Forward Foundation
2300 Main Street, Suite 304
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 241-7006