Funding opportunities

At Health Forward, we support our partners through open and invitation-based funding opportunities, while also supporting emerging opportunities through responsive grants.


We are fostering healthy people by centering equity in all aspects of our regional health system and supporting innovative ideas that make it more inclusive.

Funding Opportunities

In 2023, we will provide invitation-based funding to organizations that collectively provide whole-person care across the community health system from prevention to treatment to recovery and advocacy.

We will also continue to fund the Kansas City Health Equity Learning and Action Network to support participating organizations’ action and learning that advances antiracism, equity, community, and humanity into our regional health ecosystem.


We are building and supporting powerful communities by advancing participation in democracy, amplifying community-driven movements, and strengthening small, community-based organizations and leaders.

In spring 2023 we are providing two open funding opportunities in support of organizations working on voter engagement, community organizing, policy research and messaging, and coalition support for work that aligns with our policy agenda.

Deadline extended: Letters of intent are due at noon on April 7. Begin the application process by reviewing the application template.

If you want to learn more, watch the recording and review the slides from our pre-application conference that took place on March 9, 2023.

We strongly encourage all applicants to speak with us before submitting a letter of intent. Want to discuss this opportunity with us? Connect with an impact strategist (formerly program officer) or request a consultation

In fall 2023 we will provide an open opportunity to provide capacity building grants (both one- and multi-year).


We are building health and wealth by improving access to safe, healthy, and affordable housing and homeownership. We’re also working to ensure everyone has the access and knowledge required to use digital tools.

Funding Opportunities

Throughout 2023 we will provide invitation-based grants to organizations working to: 

  • Improve access to broadband and the equipment and skills to use it effectively  
  • Improve access to safe and affordable housing and homeownership


We are advancing racial equity and economic inclusion by partnering with local governments and funders to center equity and race in all policies, systems, and decisions.

We are reshaping the way people understand and talk about racial, economic, and health equity. And we are aligning our invested resources in a way that advances our purpose and has a positive impact on the people and communities we serve.

Funding Opportunities

Throughout 2023 we will provide invitation-based funding opportunities that: 

  • Support cities and municipalities in our region to center equity and race in all policies 
  • Support narrative change efforts that reshape the way people understand and talk about racial, economic, and health equity 
  • Fund training and other capacity building around racial equity

Partner tools

If you’re one of our funded partners, bookmark this page. It’s a one-stop shop for everything you need, like evaluation guidelines, reporting technical assistance and FAQs.