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Grants to USA Nonprofits to Address Health Inequities

Health and Well-Being Grants


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Deadline: 09/19/23 5:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to address health inequities. The goal of the program is to improve health outcomes in under-resourced communities. Areas of focus include access to health care, access to primary care, and health literacy. Programs should address mental health for ethnic minorities and underserved populations.

Cigna Foundation is looking to partner with nonprofits who are addressing the root causes of health inequity, including supporting under-resourced and systemically disadvantaged communities with poor social determinants of health (SDOH). Given recent incidents here in the U.S. and around the world, the persistence of COVID-19 and the economic climate, this grant cycle will focus on funding programs that address improving and ensuring good mental health.


Despite steady improvement in overall health outcomes over the past decade, many under-resourced communities continue to experience substantial health disparities.

Grants will address one or more of the following social determinants of health (SDOH) areas:

  • Increased access to health care
  • Increased access to primary care
  • Increased health literacy, the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions and follow directions for treatment

The Cigna Foundation recognizes that this is a broad topic, therefore grants should address at least one if not more than one of the following programmatic areas, specifically in ethnic minority and underserved populations:

  • Suitable care that provides access to mental health services and addresses depression, stress, anxiety, and promotes resiliency and mental well-being.
  • Programs addressing the shortage of mental health care professionals.
  • Cultural competency and awareness training for healthcare providers that addresses the stigma associated with seeking mental health care.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
To be considered, applicants must:
- Align your funding request with the Community Health Implementation Plan (CHIP) for your community, which accompanies the local Community Needs Assessment (CNA) or Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). To find your community’s plan, visit your local hospital system’s or health department’s website or conduct an internet search.
- Be a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit.

At this time, the Cigna Foundation does not accept unsolicited grants outside of the United States. However, they do consider proposals from U.S.-based organizations that are executing projects outside of the United States.

Applicant institutions must be a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit. The following 501(c)(3) statuses will be considered:
- 170(B)(1)(a)(i)
- 170(B)(1)(a)(ii)
- 170(B)(1)(a)(iii)
- 170(B)(1)(a)(iv)
- 170(B)(1)(a)(v)
- 170(B)(1)(a)(vi)
- 509(A)(2)

In general, Cigna Giving will not provide financial support to the following:
- Grants to individuals or to organizations established to benefit one individual;
- Capital campaigns (unless approved by The Cigna Group Foundation Board of Directors);
- Fraternal organizations;
- Organizations or programs whose mission includes a substantial element of social, religious or political advocacy;
- Faith-based organizations, unless the activities being funded are accessible to the general public and are not aimed at promoting one religion or faith over any other;
- Groups or projects that discriminate or restrict services based on factors of race, color, sex (including pregnancy), age, disability, veteran status, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, domestic partner status, genetic information, or citizenship status, except where those activities support our commitment to diversity and elimination of health disparities.

The Cigna Group Foundation does not fund general operating expenses, administrative costs, and indirect costs. The budget narrative for each grant should reflect all of the expenses that are required for the specific grant project.

Salaries for staff members are allowable for the related program, but no fringe or payroll taxes are acceptable by The Cigna Group Foundation. All other expenses will be reviewed by the grants’ committee members in relation to the application.

Pre-Application Information
Applications for 2023 will open September 5 and close September 19 at 5 pm, ET.

- September: Request for proposal opens
- September-October: Grants are reviewed
- November-December: Grants are awarded, project is started, and dates and reporting timelines are determined

Applicants may submit more than one proposal, however, the Cigna Foundation will provide only one grant per organization in the calendar year for an approved program.


Estimated Size of Grant
Request between $50,000-$100,000 per year.

Term of Contract
Funding requests should be for one year only.

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Cigna Corporate Headquarters
900 Cottage Grove Road
Bloomfield, CT 06002

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