Aetna Foundation

Cultivating Healthy Communities

Posted on April 3, 2017

Cultivating Healthy Communities
2017 Grant Program

The Aetna Foundation is the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of Aetna Inc. Our mission is to promote wellness, health, and high-quality health care for everyone, while supporting the communities we serve. We work with organizations at the national and local levels whose programs can help us achieve this mission. The Cultivating Healthy Communities (CHC) grant program is geared specifically to local nonprofit organizations that work with underserved, low-income, and minority populations in the continental United States. We are committed to building the evaluation capacity of CHC grantees, raising the visibility of their good work, and being a thought partner in sustainability  planning.

Overview and Purpose
Through this RFP, the Aetna Foundation seeks to support communities’ efforts to become healthier places to live, work, learn, play and pray. Through this Request for Proposals, we invite proposals that
address the social determinants of health and participants’ physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being. This lens for understanding community health shaped our selection of the five domains shown
in Table 1. We seek grantees committed to improving the health of their participants by focusing on activities that align to one or two of these domains. Applicants also must use at least one indicator in their selected domain(s) to measure their program’s impact. Throughout the life of their project, grantees will be held responsible for demonstrating progress along the indicator(s) of their choosing.
We are especially interested in projects that advance resident- or youth-led initiatives and approaches that foster participants’ social engagement and reduce isolation. You can find more information about the types of projects we seek in the Frequently Asked Questions section of this RFP.

We expect to award up to $2 million in grants through this RFP. Applicants can request a total grant amount between $50,000 and $100,000 for the entire project period. Projects can last between 18 and 24 months, and must start between August 15, 2017 and October 15, 2017. We are unable to accept applications from organizations with active Aetna Foundation grants as of June 30, 2017.

Stage 1 applications due April 14, 2017 by 3 p.m. ET

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