Initiatives seek to address health gaps or system fragmentation by bringing together key stakeholders to find solutions to complex health-related problems.

Some initiatives originate internally, while others are requests from the community, with Health Forward playing a key leadership role in implementation of the initiative.

When reviewing requests or determining initiatives, Health Forward considers the reach of the project, collaboration among local/regional entities, and if the proposal will help change how health is perceived, promoted, and/or delivered to those most in need. Initiative funding can be a one-year or multi-year grant.

Organizations and key stakeholders interested in submitting a proposal or receiving information about interim/final reporting requirements should contact a program officer.

Special Initiative: Policy and Civic Engagement Fund

Lasting solutions to many health challenges can be found through local, state, and regional policy changes and systems reform. Health advocacy shapes the public debate on policy issues and can bring about positive change for those most in need.

Health Forward created the new Policy and Civic Engagement Fund to focus solely on supporting advocacy efforts across our bi-state service area. We have dedicated $1 million in 2021 toward this effort.

Grants proposals should address one of the following areas of priority:

Please note: Anyone wanting to register for the grantee portal should contact We will activate your account in the new system and provide you with instructions to login.

Returning users – Use this link if you are already registered. Once you are logged in, you can begin a new application or return to a saved application.

If you have questions about the goals or content of this request for proposal, feel free to contact Tania Hewett at or (816) 241-7006.

Grant Information

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Health Forward Foundation
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(816) 241-7006