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Grants for Health and Wellness

Wed, Apr 25, 2018 @ 18:04 PM / by Vickie Garton-Gundling

“The greatest wealth is health.”  –Virgil
Health and Wellness
It’s easy to take good health for granted. However, there are many people in the U.S. (and worldwide) with neither access to mental and physical healthcare nor adequate health and wellness education. As a result, almost 1 in 5 Americans struggle with mental illness (Newsweek, 2014), and over 50% of Americans have one or more chronic health ailments (Science Daily, 2016). To help improve health in the U.S., especially among underserved and low-income populations, many companies, associations, and foundations offer grant opportunities to fund a variety of physical and mental health and wellness programs.



Community First Foundation

For those most interested in funding mental health and wellness programs, consider the Community First Foundation. Each year, Community First offers several grants for mental health programs, both programs that prevent mental health issues and initiatives that support those who currently experience mental health challenges. In particular, this foundation helps finance non-profit organization programs that improve early childhood mental wellness, enhance existing mental healthcare systems and structures, or help destigmatize mental health issues. Community First usually offers three or four grant opportunities annually, and the award amounts and grant cycles vary for each grant.  

 American Medical Association: Community Health Grants

If your organization’s proposed health and wellness initiative has a narrow focus and seeks to prevent or resolve a specific health challenge, then the American Medical Association (AMA) Community Health Grant program may be right for you. This grant funds physical or mental health programs and medical education aimed at producing specific, measurable health gains. Award amounts are between $40,000 and $60,000 per year and are renewable for up to three years. The deadline for application is usually around mid-December each year. One great support feature of applying for this particular grant is that the AMA holds webinars in late November and early December to help outline the application process and answer questions. 

Aetna: Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant Programs

Those non-profits starting or continuing programs to help the most vulnerable members of their community should check out Aetna’s Cultivating Health Communities Grant Program. In 2017, health insurance giant Aetna earmarked $2 million for this new grant initiative, which funds a wide variety of physical and mental health and wellness programs that deliver lasting changes for underserved, low-income, or minority populations throughout the U.S., especially in the areas Aetna serves. Only non-profit organizations are eligible to apply, and this grant only funds projects lasting between 18 and 24 months. Award amounts are either $50,000 or $100,000. Applications for this grant opportunity are due each year in mid-April, and the 2018 cycle closed on April 18th. So, add this opportunity to your calendar for 2019; applications typically open in January or February of each year.  For a list of the particular types of projects Aetna funds through this grant program, review the 2018 request for proposals (RFP) at the website listed above.

Robert R. McCormick Foundation: Cubs Care

For the many non-profit organizations in the Chicago, IL area, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation offers four different grant programs that fund health and wellness initiatives, including the Cubs Care grant program. Since 1990, Cubs Care has awarded $20 million to fund health and wellness programs that serve low-income children, youth, and families in the Chicago metropolitan area. More specifically, this grant program prioritizes initiatives for building community or school-based health centers, initiating mobile health clinics, and creating programs to combat childhood obesity.  Cubs Care accepts letters of inquiry (LOIs) once per year, and requests for LOIs are by invitation only.  To find out more about how to receive submission invitations from organizations that do not accept unsolicited applications, review our previous blog on that topic.


Ready to help improve health and wellness in your area?  The Grant Helpers can assist you in your grant search and application process. Contact us today for a free consultation to get started.

Photo Credit: Ben Dickson

Newsweek: http://www.newsweek.com/nearly-1-5-americans-suffer-mental-illness-each-year-230608

Science Daily: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161025092655.htm

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