AstraZeneca Healthcare Foundation: Connections for Cardiovascular Health (CCH) Grants


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Grant amount: US $125,000 - US $150,000

Anticipated deadline: Feb 21, 2021 2:00pm PST

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Preferred: Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia Other eligible locations: United States

Location of residency: Preferred: Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia Other eligible locations: United States

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Connections for Cardiovascular Health

In support of its overall mission to improve health, the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation launched Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM (CCH), a program with the mission of improving cardiovascular health, in order to address a leading cause of death in the United States. 

CCH provides grants to U.S.-based nonprofit organizations engaged in charitable work at the community level in the United States in support of the program’s mission. Since its inception in 2010, the Foundation’s CCH program has funded programs providing innovative, community-based approaches to improving cardiovascular health across the United States. CCH-funded programs use culturally appropriate approaches with measurable outcomes to address specific unmet needs of communities across the country, especially underserved communities.

CCH Next Generation program

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. CCH Next Generation will maintain CCH's original mission to improve cardiovascular health in the US and many of the same criteria for funding and programs. What’s new is the focus on sharing nearly 10 years of Foundation and Grant Awardee learnings from the field so new applicants have the opportunity to modify or adapt these learnings when designing and implementing their own innovative, community-based heart health programs.

CCH Next Generation grants in the amount of $125,000 to $150,000 will be awarded to organizations that have never been funded before by the Foundation through the CCH program. CCH will provide limited grant funding to several previously-funded organizations to serve as mentors to newly-funded organizations, support program sustainability and share lessons learned.

Through evaluating results from community-based programs from CCH, the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation and its evaluation partners have identified six innovative approaches commonly used to improve cardiovascular health at the community level. 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

Applicants are encouraged to consult the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Effective Program Practices Guide to help them when designing their own community-based cardiovascular programs.

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


  • To qualify for a Foundation grant, an organization is required to be a U.S.-based, nonprofit organization with a 501(c) designation or a public school, government entity or municipal institution that is eligible to accept tax-deductible, charitable contributions.
  • 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.
  • Foundation grant applications that meet the criteria and describe innovative initiatives with clearly defined outcomes and measurable results and processes will be considered for funding. 
  • 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). 


  • 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 (see detailed criteria).
  • 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).


  • Organizations that are 501(c)(3) and also have an IRS designation as a 509(a)(3) are ineligible for funding. 
  • Exclusions. 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, sexual orientation, marital status, military service, veteran status or disability.
  • The Foundation will not fund vehicle purchases.
  • Costs over 10% in the budget category “Other” will not be considered.