Anthem Foundation: Program Grants

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Aug 9, 2020 2:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

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

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

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NOTE: Program grant applications are open year-round and prioritized based on the scope and nature of the request. Applications submitted by the deadline above will be considered the same calendar year. Applications submitted after the deadline may not be considered until the following year.

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?

Healthy Generations

We believe that targeting specific, preventable health concerns by making strategic charitable choices will help us create a healthier generation of Americans.

The Healthy Generations initiative uses innovative social mapping technology and analyzes public health data to provide a snapshot of the major health issues in each state. This allows us to drill down to the zip code level and target initiatives that positively affect the conditions that matter most. We call this putting science behind the art of grant-making.

Today, we’re emphasizing efforts in five areas, while also supporting behavioral health efforts and programs that benefit people with disabilities.

Healthy Hearts

The Anthem Foundation is investing in preventive programs that minimize controllable cardiovascular diseases and strokes, including efforts to reduce smoking, obesity, high blood pressure and stressful and inactive lifestyles. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., with about 600,000 deaths each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Coronary heart disease alone costs the U.S. $108.9 billion a year in healthcare services, medications and lost productivity.

Cancer Prevention

Prevention offers the most cost-effective, long-term strategy for the control of cancer. The Anthem Foundation partners with organizations that implement lifesaving cancer-prevention and early-detection programs. More than a million people in the United States get cancer each year. At least a third of all cancer cases are preventable if people make healthy choices such as not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, eating right, keeping active, and getting recommended screening tests.

Healthy Maternal Practices

The Anthem Foundation focuses on programs that encourage and facilitate first-trimester prenatal care and help at-risk mothers commit to behaviors that reduce the numbers of low-birthweight babies. Preterm birth is among the leading causes of newborn death, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Prenatal care is an important part of a healthy pregnancy, and known strategies can lower the risk of an early birth.

Diabetes Prevention

More than 25 million Americans are living with diabetes and a third of obese adults are at risk for developing this condition. The Anthem Foundation invests in programs that stem the spread of diabetes through healthy lifestyle changes and increased physical activity.

Healthy Active Lifestyle

The Anthem Foundation supports programs that raise awareness for, educate on, and encourage new behaviors, resulting in healthy, active lifestyles that offer long-term benefits. Regular physical activity helps reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, colon cancer and diabetes. It also improves mental well-being, assists with weight control, reduces depression and anxiety, and helps healthy muscles and joints.

The Anthem Foundation’s support of healthy, active lifestyles for individuals with disabilities seeks to reduce healthcare disparities and improve access to care.

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.