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Cultivating Healthy Communities (CHC) Grant Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes in Multiple States to
Improve Health in Disadvantaged Communities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Aetna Foundation

Deadline Date:

04/18/18 - Receipt of Stage 1 applications by 3:00 PM EST


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Grants starting at $50,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, agencies, public universities, and federally recognized tribes in multiple states to improve health in minority, underserved, and low-income communities. Eligible projects must address the social determinants of health as defined by the WHO as well as the physical, mental, and social well-being of program participants. Applicants must commit to improving the health of community residents by focusing on activities that align with the following domains:

- Built Environment: Improved walkability, bikeability, and use of public spaces in a community
- Community Safety: Increased collaboration between local law enforcement and community members to proactively address immediate public safety issues, public health issues, or both
- Environmental Exposures: Decreased exposure to air and water contaminants, and an increased understanding, monitoring, and reporting of local environmental hazards by community residents
- Healthy Behaviors: Increased consumption of fruits and vegetables, physical activities, and stress reduction activities
- Social/Economic Factors: Increased access to healthy foods through the development of new or enhanced retail options, including resident-owned businesses

The Cultivating Healthy Communities (CHC) Grant Program especially encourages projects that advance resident- or youth-led initiatives, and projects that seek to influence and strengthen local policies that impact residents’ health.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154490

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

The specific number of grants will depend on the amounts requests per application.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants can request a total grant award between $50,000 and $100,000 for the entire project period. For a 24-month grant, you can request up to $50,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

Projects can last between 18 and 24 months, and must start between August 20, 2018 and October 15, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Cultivating Healthy Communities (CHC) grant program is geared specifically towards nonprofits, federally recognized Indian tribes, and state/local government agencies (including public universities) that work with underserved, low-income, and minority populations in the contiguous United States.

A fiscal sponsor may be able to submit an application on your organization’s behalf provided that your organization’s annual operating budget is $250,000 or more. The fiscal sponsor’s budget will not be considered.

Grants can support no more than 20% of your organization's overall annual budget. To be eligible for a $50,000 grant, your organization’s annual operating budget must be at least $250,000. Similarly, to be eligible for a $100,000 grant, your organization’s annual operating budget must be at least $500,000.

Grantees who will have active grants from the Aetna Foundation as of June 30, 2018 may not submit an application under this RFP.

Not funded:
- Feasibility studies or needs assessments
- Projects that collect, track and/or report on biometric data such as weight and body mass index
- Matching funds for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits doubling programs
- Projects that focus only on food distribution. This aspect will be considered only if it is presented as part of a larger program that aligns with the Foundation's stated priorities.

Generally Not Funded:
- Endowment or capital costs, including construction, renovation or equipment
- Direct delivery of reimbursable health care services
- Basic biomedical research
- Grants or scholarships to individuals
- Work for which results and impact cannot be measured
- Advertising
- Golf tournaments
- Advocacy, political causes, or events
- Sacramental or theological functions of religious organizations
- Operational expenses or existing financial deficits
- Event sponsorships

Large equipment, construction, and capital costs are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

This will be a highly competitive funding opportunity with a two-stage application process. You are encouraged to submit your application as early as possible in the application cycle to avoid last-minute complications or submission issues.

Schedule of key dates:
- April 18, 2018 by 3:oo PM EST: Stage 1 applications due
- May 18, 2018: Notification of stage 1 decisions
- June 15, 2018 by 3:00 p.m. EST: Stage 2 applications due
- July 27, 2018: Notification of final award decisions
- August 20, 2018: Earliest possible project start date
- October 15, 2018: Latest possible project start date

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming