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Anthem Foundation Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Multiple States
for Community Health Programs

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Foundation / Corporation

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Anthem Foundation

Deadline Date:

08/31/18 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and multiple states for ongoing community health programming with measurable and proven outcomes. The Foundation supports traditional or non-traditional approaches to solving problems in public health. This may include the provision of services directly to people, as well as programs that change systems that transform health care.

The Foundation’s primary support base is spread across the states in which Anthem, Inc., does business. These states are: Arizona*, Kentucky, Ohio, California, Louisiana, Tennessee, Colorado, Maine, Texas, Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia, Florida, Missouri, Washington, Georgia, Nevada, West Virginia, Indiana, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Iowa, New Jersey, Kansas, and New York.

As Anthem’s footprint expands, the Foundation will consider requests from additional states on a case-by-case basis.

*Note the priority demographic for Arizona is individuals age 65+.

The Foundation favors 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. The Foundation’s gauge for a successful grant is a measurable result that is evident within the grant period.

Operating Principles:

The Foundation wants to create the highest levels of human gain for the grant dollars available. Rather than try to cover many broad health-related needs in the community, the Foundation funds targeted grants that align with the 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?

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171948

Term of Contract:

Generally grant terms are one year, with a few exceptions (mostly national grants).


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations supported 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.

Questions concerning the Tax ID status or the specific subsection under which the organization is classified should be directed to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at their Cincinnati Call Center: 1-877-829-5500.

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.

The Foundation will not consider unsolicited grant requests for capital projects, initiatives, or campaigns.

Although the Foundation funds some research and policy requests, such proposals are by invitation only.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines below are subject to change. Please check the website regularly for updates. All deadlines are at 5:00 PM Eastern Time.

Cycle One 2018:
Applications are due no later than Friday, February 23, 2018.

Cycle Two 2018:
Applications are due no later than Friday, August 31, 2018.

All applicants will be notified of the Foundation’s receipt of grant proposals via e-mail. Typically, the review process lasts four to six months. Please do not call the Foundation for status updates. Due to the high volume of requests received, the Foundation cannot respond to such phone calls.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Florida;   Georgia;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Missouri;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New York City;   New York;   Ohio;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Virginia;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin