The Healthy Communities Challenge provides a flexible opportunity for funding projects developed by the residents engaged the Kansas Health Foundation’s Healthy Communities Initiative in various communities/regions across Kansas.

To access matching funds, your project must:

1. Be led by or be implemented in partnership with the residents who are engaged with Healthy Communities Initiative (HCI) work in that community. This means that the HCI Community Liaison for that community, and the core group of residents they are organizing with, should be creating and implementing the project, or deeply engaged and supportive of it.  

2. Be focused on “improving quality of life in your community” (See eligible project examples below.)

3. Be based in and primarily serve residents of an area served by one of the following Healthy Communities Initiative grantees:

- Barton County Health Department

- Central Kansas Community Foundation

- Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas

- Community Health Council of Wyandotte County

- Finney County Community Health Coalition, Inc.

- Friends of Kiowa District Hospital and Manor Foundation, Inc.

- Great Plains Health Alliance, Inc.

- Kearny County Hospital

- Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department

- Live Well Northwest Kansas

- Mitchell County Regional Medical Foundation

- Reno County Health Department

- Riley County Health Department

- Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital

- Thrive Allen County, Inc.

- Tri-Agency Intervention (Liberal Area Coalition for Families)

- United Community Services of Johnson County, Inc. (UCS)

- Young Men's Christian Association of Wichita

4. Not be aimed at making private profit for a specific individual, family, or business entity.

5. Be implemented by Fall 2020 at latest. It is a best practice in crowdfunding to raise funds for projects that will then use the funding within the following 3 months. So crowdfunding now in Winter and Spring 2020 should be for Summer and Fall impact.

6. Be specific and concrete. All ioby campaign pages must include a budget outlining how funds will be spent.

Eligible Expenses:


Funds raised as part of the Healthy Communities Challenge can be used to cover any cost directly related to your specific project, including, and not limited to:

- food and other event costs

- event permitting fees

- volunteer rewards such as T-shirts

- advertising and marketing

- materials and equipment

- educator, performer, speaker or intern stipends

- local travel

- software and hardware

- contracted services

- consultant fees

- nonprofit staff salaries and administrative overhead

Examples of eligible projects:

Food - Projects that promote food justice, or improve the production, distribution, affordability or popularity of healthy food in your area, such as:

- Community gardens

- Farmers markets

- Healthy cooking classes for the community

- Kitchen facility upgrades in a community facility

- Soup kitchens and food security programs

- School gardens or school-based nutrition education programs

- Improving access to grocery stores

Active transportation and recreation - Projects that help to make your neighborhood more bikeable and walkable, or encourage people to choose active transportation and recreation, such as:

- Bike safety workshops and helmet giveaways

- Pedestrian and bicycle safety advocacy work

- Youth fitness programs and extracurricular sports activities

- Free exercise classes offered in a community space

- Community walking or running groups

- Free or affordable dance classes

- Active-living amenities such as exercise equipment in parks, new walking trails, improved lighting or signage along existing trails.

Green space - Projects that make your community greener through caring for parks, gardens, or street trees, or encourage resident use of and engagement with green spaces, such as:.

- Improving park playgrounds

- Free yoga or exercise classes in a park

- Planting new street trees

- Park clean-up days

- Community events held in parks or gardens

- Converting a vacant lot into a community garden or pocket park

Education and access - Projects that educate your neighbors about health and wellness, increase access to and understanding of health services, or encourage adoption of healthy lifestyle choices, such as:

- Block parties with free health tests and disease prevention information

- Awareness-building events about a specific disease

- Reproductive health initiatives or education programs

- Anti-violence work

- Programs that support those managing chronic diseases such as diabetes and asthma

- Community organizing initiatives focused on health equity

- Anti-smoking campaigns

- Emergency preparedness initiatives

- Aging-in-place initiatives

Examples of ineligible projects:

- Events limited to the membership of a specific organization that are not reasonably accessible to community residents.

- Fundraising for a pool of funds to be re-granted to others or used for an unspecified purpose in the future.

Want to discuss your project and see if it’s a good fit? Contact ioby Partnerships Manager Ethany Uttech at or 917-464-4515 x 5.


If your project isn’t the right fit for the Healthy Communities Challenge, you may still be eligible to fundraise on ioby without matching funds, which will still give you access to our training materials, low-fees, fiscal sponsorship, and one-on-one support from an experienced Leader Success Strategist.