Anthem Foundation Grants

Anthem Foundation

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next anticipated deadline: Aug 31, 2018 2:00pm PDT

Later anticipated deadlines: Feb 23, 2019 2:00pm PST

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: United States, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut Expand all

Location of residency: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida Expand all

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

Healthy Generations Program

Central to the efforts of the Anthem Foundation is the Healthy Generations program, a multigenerational initiative to improve public health.

The Anthem Foundation—one of the country's largest corporate foundations—is a private, nonprofit philanthropic organization wholly funded by Anthem, Inc. We believe that targeting preventable health concerns by making strategic charitable choices will help us create a healthier generation of Americans.

We’re committed to funding initiatives that positively affect the conditions addressed in our Healthy Generations program. Its areas of focus are based on the State Health Index, which incorporates public health data from the states Anthem’s affiliates serve. By providing a snapshot of the major health issues in each state, the index helps us concentrate our energies.

Today, we’re emphasizing efforts in these five areas: cardiac mortality; cancer prevention and smoking cessation; maternal and newborn health; diabetes prevention and management; and childhood and elderly obesity. We're also supporting behavioral health efforts and programs that benefit people with disabilities.

Learn more about the Healthy Generations Program.

Anthem Foundation Grants

Anthem Foundation grant funding supports ongoing community health programs with proven and measurable outcomes.


We invest in traditional and nontraditional problem-solving approaches. These include programs that provide services directly to people and those that change systems that transform health care. Although we fund some research and policy requests, such proposals are by invitation only. We will not consider unsolicited grant requests for capital projects, initiatives, or campaigns.

We favor initiatives that prioritize obtaining strategic, measurable end 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 highest levels of 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 Foundation predicts the ability of grant requests to yield meaningful results by asking three simple questions of each proposal:

1. What results will be achieved?

2. Will this organization deliver on its proposed commitments?

3. 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 Anthem Foundation currently supports:
      • 170(B)(1)(a)(vi) - Organization which 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.
        • 509(a)(3) - Type I
        • 509(a)(3) - Type II
        • 509(a)(3) - Type III functionally integrated
  • The Foundation’s primary support base is spread across the states in which Anthem, Inc., does business. These states are: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, 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 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, initiatives, or campaigns.

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