Anthem Foundation: Program Grants

Anthem Foundation

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next anticipated deadline: Feb 23, 2019 2:00pm PST

Later anticipated deadlines: Aug 3, 2019 2:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia Expand all

Location of residency: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia Expand all

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Anthem Foundation

The Anthem Foundation funds specific public health–related initiatives that positively affect conditions identified through our signature Healthy Generations program.

Program Grants

Anthem Foundation Program Grants support ongoing community health programs with proven and measurable outcomes. Generally, our grant terms are one year, with a few exceptions (mostly for national grants).


We invest in traditional and nontraditional problem-solving approaches. These include programs that provide services directly to people and those that change systems to transform healthcare. Although we fund some research and policy requests, such proposals are by invitation only. 

Measurable Results

We favor initiatives that prioritize obtaining strategic, measurable results over isolated grant activities. For example, a physical fitness initiative that increases physical activity or improves diet in general as a key goal is less likely to be favored than an initiative that increases physical activity or improves diet as a specific means to reduce BMI for a target population. Our gauge for a successful grant is a measurable result that is evident within the grant period.

Operating Principles

We want to create the greatest human gain for the grant dollars we have available. Rather than try to cover many broad health-related needs in the community, the Foundation funds targeted grants that align with our signature Healthy Generations program.

The Anthem Foundation evaluates the projected ability of grant requests to yield meaningful results by asking three simple questions of each proposal:

  • What results will be achieved?
  • Will this organization deliver on its proposed commitments?
  • Is this grant the best possible use of the Foundation’s resources?

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The organizations we support are from those classified by the Internal Revenue Service as tax-exempt public charities under section 501(c)(3).
  • The following are the 501c3 subsections of the Internal Revenue Code that the Anthem Foundation currently supports:
    • 170(B)(1)(a)(vi) - Organization that receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public.
    • 509(A)(2) - Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.
    • 509(A)(3) - Organizations operated solely for the benefit of and in conjunction with other exempt organizations, typically other public charities.
  • The Foundation’s primary support base is spread across the states in which Anthem, Inc., does business. These states are:
    • Arizona*
      • *Note: The priority demographic for Arizona is individuals age 65+.
    • California
    • Colorado
    • Connecticut
    • District of Columbia
    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • Indiana
    • Iowa
    • Kansas
    • Kentucky
    • Louisiana
    • Maine
    • Maryland
    • Missouri
    • Nevada
    • New Hampshire
    • New Jersey
    • New York
    • Ohio
    • Tennessee
    • Texas
    • Virginia
    • Washington
    • West Virginia
    • Wisconsin
  • To be eligible for Anthem Foundation Program Grant funding, organizations must:
    • Not duplicate or significantly overlap the work of public agencies on the federal, state or local level.
    • Serve the community without discrimination on the basis of age, disability, religion, veteran status, race, creed, sexual orientation or sexual preferences, gender, gender identity or national origin.
    • Keep books available for regular, independent outside audit and make the results available to all potential contributors.
    • Comply with applicable laws regarding registration and reporting.
    • Observe the highest standards of business conduct in relationships with the public. Be able to produce a current list of board directors (including board affiliations with the submitting nonprofit, plus professional titles); a detailed project budget, including annual itemizations if a multiyear request; current audited financials; and documented confirmation of eligible tax-exemption status.
    • Meet the additional criteria on the Eligibility quiz within the grant application.


  • We will not consider unsolicited grant requests for capital projects or campaigns.

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