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


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

Anticipated deadline: Feb 28, 2019 2:00pm PST

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: 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 Health (CCH), a program with the mission of improving cardiovascular health 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.

Funding Criteria

The Foundation preference is to support new organizations with innovative programs to expand the reach of the Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program. In addition, the Foundation maintains our commitment to support sustainability by providing reduced funding to support a limited number of previously-funded organizations with programs that demonstrate positive outcomes.

The Foundation will only accept one application per organization for a single year of funding. There is no guarantee of funding. Applicants who are approved for a Foundation grant award must meet program objectives and reapply annually for continued funding.

The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation has two levels of grants to support program operations:

  • Level 1 - Organizations with New or Existing Programs with 0-1 Year of CCH Funding:
    • Organizations that have not received CCH funding in the past and organizations that have received one year of CCH funding may apply for funding between $125,000 and $150,000.
    • Organizations that received one year of CCH funding must apply with their previously CCH-funded program to be considered.
  • Level 2 – Previously-Funded Organizations with 2+ Years of CCH Funding for Established Programs:
    • Previously-funded organizations that received two or more years of CCH funding may apply for up to $75,000 to sustain a previously CCH-funded program.

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. 

Program Design

The Foundation seeks programs that:

  • Are focused on measurable results. The program should demonstrate clear, defined and designated outcomes, measurements and processes, and include clinical outcome goals. To support these efforts, it is recommended the organization utilize:
    • Healthcare providers to collect clinical metrics.
    • An outside evaluator to analyze and evaluate data, which may include staff who are internal to the organization with the necessary expertise but who are not involved in the program's operations, management or delivery.
  • Provide an innovative approach. The program should find innovative ways relevant to the program, population and goals to maximize benefits for the participants and impact to the community.
  • Demonstrate sustainability. Programs should be able to continue beyond the potential grant period and potential AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation funding.

Measurable Outcomes and Participant Goals

 The Foundation requires that all programs:

  • Collect and measure program outcomes.
  • Be designed to track at least 100 unduplicated participants by year-end.
  • Demonstrate measurement outcomes at both the mid-year (May 2019) and year-end (December 2019) time frames following the grant award. 
  • Report on program outcomes for approximately half of the planned unduplicated tracked participants by May 31, 2019.

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  • 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. 


  • 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.