Exhibit 23.1



Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm



We consent to the incorporation by reference in Registration Statement No. 333-204548 on Form S-8 and in Registration Statement No. 333-144699 on Form S-3 of Finward Bancorp (the “Company”) of our report dated March 30, 2023, on our audits of the consolidated financial statements of the Company as of December 31, 2022 and 2021 and for each of the years then ended, which report is included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.



/s/ FORVIS, LLP (Formerly, BKD, LLP)

Indianapolis, Indiana

March 30, 2023