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Impact and Capacity Grants (ICG) – 2021 (NOW CLOSED)

UPDATE: JUNE 9, 2021

Due to overwhelming response, we are no longer accepting applications to the Impact and Capacity Grants (ICG) initiative funding opportunity. Thank you to everyone who applied! We’ll be announcing the award recipients at a later date. Be watching our social media channels for more information.


The Kansas Health Foundation (KHF) has a mission to improve the health of all Kansans and envisions a culture in which every Kansan can make healthy choices where they live, work and play. In pursuit of this vision and mission, KHF centers its work on equity and is focusing the 2021 Impact and Capacity Grants (ICG) Initiative Request for Proposals (RFP) grant opportunity on efforts to make progress in KHF’s impact areas:

  • access to care
  • healthy behaviors
  • civic and community engagement
  • educational attainment

KHF will consider proposals of up to $25,000 that support either impactful projects or organizational capacity-building efforts from eligible, mission-aligned organizations actively working within one or more of the stated impact-areas; and, ultimately, contributing to reducing health disparities and promoting health equity.

KHF’s ICG funds are limited to $2 million and are available between May 3 and Aug. 31, 2021. NOTE: The RFP may close sooner than Aug. 31, 2021, if all funds are awarded prior to this date.

All prospective applicants should carefully review KHF’s mission and strategic focus, ICG RFP, funding criteria and frequently asked questions (FAQ) before applying.


Requests for funding are accepted between 8 a.m. on May 3, 2021, and 5 p.m. on Aug. 31, 2021, or until all funds are awarded. The maximum grant size is $25,000, and the maximum grant term is two years.

Organizations may apply for a grant from one of two categories:

  1. Impact
  2. Capacity Building

In reviewing proposals, consideration is given to the extent to which applicants describe:

  1. Impact Grants: A health policy, systems or environmentally-focused (PSE) effort which demonstrates the opportunity to address health disparities in one or more of the impact areas and affects those who systematically experience greater obstacles to health. Available funding is designed to support new or expanded efforts.
  2. Capacity Building Grants: Internal capacity building needs of eligible, mission-aligned organizations rooted in their communities, that are addressing health disparities which adversely affect Kansans who have systematically experienced greater obstacles to health based on their race, ethnicity, education or income level, or geography.

Funding is not available for the following requests:

  • Medical research
  • Contributions to capital campaigns
  • Operating deficits or retirement of debt
  • Construction projects, real estate acquisitions, or endowments, not part of a Foundation-initiated program
  • Vehicles, such as vans or busses
  • Medical equipment
  • Direct mental health services
  • Direct medical services
  • Grants to individuals
  • Annual fund drives
  • Fundraising events
  • Lobbying as defined by the U.S. Internal Revenue Code (IRC), section 4945 (d)(1)
    Candidate endorsements


Eligible organizations are Kansas nonprofits classified as:

  • Tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code – sub-sections 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2)
  • Government entity with a Federal Employer Identification number
  • Church with a Group Ruling Letter

Organizations that do not meet this eligibility criteria may work with an eligible fiscal sponsor to submit a proposal.


All proposals must be submitted through KHF’s online portal. To access the portal and submit a proposal, applicants must have a current user account. If an applicant does not have a current user account, one may be created from the online portal’s login page.

Please note, KHF updated its online portal in January, 2021. If you had a user account prior to this date, you should have received an email from KHF alerting you of the changes, with an updated username. If this applies to you and you did not receive the email mentioned above, please contact

Due to the high volume of inquiries and proposals typically received, KHF recommends logging into the portal and submitting an application as early as possible.

To assist interested applicants, KHF has made a PDF version of the 2021 Impact and Capacity Grant application available here. This is not a document to be submitted in lieu of the online application. It is only a resource intended to help potential applicants plan ahead for their actual submission in the online portal.


On April 27, KHF hosted an informational webinar to answer questions regarding this grant opportunity. For those not able to attend, or those who would like to watch it again, you can view a recording of this webinar. Also, a text transcript of the webinar is available here.


Further details about the 2021 Impact and Capacity Grants Initiative can be found in the RFP document. We also encourage applicants to review the Frequently Asked Questions document before applying.

If you have further questions, please contact us at You may also call us at 316-262-7676.

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