Applicant Defined Grants

Applicant defined grants are based upon an applicant’s determination of need and should be consistent with Health Forward’s mission, target population, and service area. Organizations may apply only once per calendar year for our applicant defined grants.

Applications are reviewed on a regular basis throughout the year.

In January 2022, we announced the results of our year-long purpose alignment process. We have shared our strategies and outcomes, but we still need space and time to build them out. With our newly defined purpose, our grantmaking will evolve, our partnerships will diversify, and our advocacy footprint will broaden.

The remainder of this year will serve as a transitional period between our past and future grantmaking.

2022 Applicant defined grants

Applicant defined grants will be offered in March, May, July, September, and November 2022. Awards will be announced within 45 days of application deadline.

While applicant defined grants will not be awarded as often, Health Forward is not reducing the overall dollars available in 2022.

Funding will continue to be based on an applicant’s determination of need and should be consistent with Health Forward’s mission and service area. Organizations may request up to $75,000. Applicant defined grants will continue to support our four funding categories: core operating support, capacity building, program support and innovation.

Proposals will be accepted by noon on the dates listed below. 

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


All applications are due at noon on the following dates:

  • March 2, 2022 
  • May 4, 2022 
  • July 6, 2022 
  • Sept. 7, 2022 
  • Nov. 2, 2022 

Recommended staff consultations

We recommend applicants – especially first-time applicants – complete this brief form in order to schedule a consultation with Health Forward staff prior to submitting an application.

The information you provide will help us connect you to the appropriate Health Forward associate and help us determine if your potential request aligns with Health Forward’s mission and applicant defined grant guidelines.

After completing the form, someone from Health Forward will reach out to provide feedback regarding your project idea.

Instructions and templates

This zip file contains detailed instructions on how to apply using our 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 application.

Grantee portal

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

Access the grantee portal
Use this link to begin a new application or return to a saved application.

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.

Grant Information

Reporting Requirements
Funded Grants

Health Forward Foundation
2300 Main Street, Suite 304
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 241-7006