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Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM (CCH) Next Generation Program Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools, and Municipalities
for Community Programs to Improve Cardiovascular Health

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AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation

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Deadline Date:

02/21/20 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to USA and Territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, public schools, and municipal institutions for community-based programs to improve cardiovascular health. Funding is primarily intended to support organizations that have not previously received support through this program. CCH-funded programs use culturally appropriate approaches with measurable outcomes to address specific unmet needs of communities across the country, especially underserved communities.

The intent of the grants is to support innovative initiatives or programs at the community level to help improve cardiovascular health in the community during the grant year and beyond. The Foundation's aim is for funded programs to maximize the benefit to participants and to work toward sustainability beyond the funding.

The CCH Next Generation open call for applications will provide Program Grant funding to organizations that have never been funded before by the Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program. CCH Next Generation may provide limited grant funding to previously-funded organizations on an invitation basis to support dissemination, sustainability and/or mentorship activities.

Applying organizations will need to align with one of six innovative approaches as the basis of their CCH Next Generation program or identify their own innovative approach. The six innovative approaches include:

  • Leveraging access for uninsured and underserved participants to improve cardiovascular knowledge and health
  • Bringing programs to participants
  • Educating children to serve as heart health ambassadors
  • Improving cardiovascular health through food-based programs
  • Using health coaches/promotores to improve cardiovascular health
  • Providing culturally sensitive program interventions to maximize participant outcomes

To qualify for a Foundation Program Grant, nonprofit organizations based in the United States must be engaged in charitable work (at the community level or otherwise) that addresses the Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular Health℠ (CCH) mission and meets five key criteria:

  • Addresses cardiovascular health issues within the United States and its territories
  • Recognizes and works to address an unmet need related to cardiovascular health in the community
  • Responds to the urgency around addressing cardiovascular health issues, including cardiovascular disease or conditions contributing to cardiovascular disease
  • Improves the quality of participants’ and non-professional caregivers’ lives in connection with the services provided and work done
  • Demonstrates a clear plan for long-term program sustainability, to further improve cardiovascular health after Foundation grants are expended.

CCH Next Generation welcomes applications from every state in the nation and has a preference for funding applications from the top 20 states by cardiovascular disease mortality (Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia). Additional preference will be given to applications from states where the Foundation has never previously funded a program (Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Indiana, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma).

For more information on program design, measurable outcomes, and participant goals, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165178

Estimated Size of Grant:

Program Grant funding requests must be between $125,000 and $150,000.

Term of Contract:

The Foundation will only accept one application per organization for a single year of funding. Organizations who receive funding in the 2020 application cycle may be eligible for a second year of continued funding in 2021, based on performance.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The organization and its program must be based in the United States and its territories.
- The Foundation provides grants to organizations that are:
- Nonprofits with a 501(c) designation. (Organizations that have a 509(a)(3) designation are ineligible for funding.)
- Public schools
- Municipal institutions (e.g., city health department, municipal hospital or county board of health).

The organization should be engaged in charitable work at the community level in the United States in support of the Foundation’s CCH program mission.

The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation does consider programs where multiple organizations are working together toward a common goal on a joint program. The applying organization should be both the fiscal agent and the managing partner for the duration of the grant.

Programs should be designed with funding for equipment less than 30% of the total budget for equipment that is integral to the specific program design and not for equipment that might support other ongoing, routine programs run by the organization. Equipment costs over 30% of the total funding request will not be considered. Incidental equipment and costs necessary to complete or sustain a project are allowed.

The Foundation does not fund programs that focus exclusively on the following:

- Capital investments and unsolicited capital campaigns
- Media/awareness campaigns
- Hospital software systems, hospital in-patient programs or enhancement of existing hospital services
- Professional education and/or training for healthcare professionals that is more than incidental to the program
- Research or clinical trials
- Healthcare provider/cardiologist salaries
- Faith-based programs that are not open to the community-at-large.

The Foundation does not support:

- Cardiovascular initiatives outside the United States or its territories
- Individuals
- For-profit organizations
- Endowments
- Journals or advertising
- Political causes, lobbying, fraternal or social organizations
- Religious organizations whose activities are not open to the general public
- Nonprofit organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, marital status, military service, veteran status or disability.

The Foundation will not fund vehicle purchases nor costs over 10% in the budget category “Other."

Pre-proposal Conference:

January 16, 2020 at 3 pm ET: Informational Webinar for applicants interested in CCH Next Generation. Register here:

Pre-Application Information:

The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation will hold an open call for applications for the CCH Next Generation program from February 3 to February 21, 2020 at 5 p.m. ET.

Key Dates and Deadlines:

- Fall 2019: CCH Next Generation application information posted
- February 3-21, 2020: CCH Next Generation application period
- February 21, 2020 at 5 p.m. ET: CCH Next Generation application closes
- April – July 2020: Application status notifications regarding CCH Next Generation sent to applicants
- Fall 2020: CCH Next Generation Grant Awardees publicly announced


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

The best way to contact the Foundation is to email your specific question(s) to the Foundation at:

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   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

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