AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation

AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation

Established in 1993, the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation is a Delaware not-for-profit corporation and a 501(c)(3) entity organized for charitable purposes, including to promote public awareness of healthcare issues, to promote public education of medical knowledge, and to support or contribute to charitable and qualified exempt organizations consistent with its charitable purpose.

AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation program overview:

  • Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM
    In 2010, the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation announced that it received a $25 million charitable contribution from AstraZeneca to establish Connections for Cardiovascular Health with the mission of improving cardiovascular health in the United States. The Connections for Cardiovascular Health program provides annual grants of $150,000 and up to US-based nonprofit organizations engaged in charitable work at the community level in the United States in support of the program’s mission. 
  • National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
    Since the Foundation’s inception, it has supported the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) – a collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies that work together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to services. Visit for additional information.
  • AstraZeneca Employee Disaster Relief Fund
    The Foundation provides support for AstraZeneca employees affected by federally-declared disasters in the United States.

Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM

2014 online applications accepted from February 3rd to February 27th at 5 p.m. ET

The Connections for Cardiovascular Health program awards Foundation grants of $150,000 and more annually to US-based, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations or similar nonprofit organizations working to improve cardiovascular health in their communities.

Review our frequently asked questions for more information.

Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM

To qualify for a Foundation 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 mission and meets four 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 patients’ and non-professional caregivers’ lives in connection with the services provided and work done.

Foundation grant applications that describe innovative initiatives with clearly defined outcomes and measurable results and processes will be considered for funding. Applicants must demonstrate sustainability plans for the initiative so that it can continue to improve cardiovascular health after the Foundation grant funds are expended.

Download the full criteria below or review our frequently asked questions for more information.

Full criteria (PDF 268kb)

Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM

Foundation grant application information

The online application will be accepting 2014 submissions from February 3 through 5 p.m. on February 27 and grants are awarded on an annual schedule.

Important online application information

Applications are accepted only through the online application. The online application will guide applicants through a series of questions that will help define the proposal. Specifics on the application process can be found in our frequently asked questions or within the application with the "Need Help?" link located on the upper right of each page. The application process allows for

  • a printed preview copy of the application
  • the ability to save, revise and complete the application later
  • a PDF of the completed application

Organizations whose applications are selected for funding will be asked to review and approve a Letter of Agreement that will include specific, periodic reporting requirements for the duration of the program.

Note that due to the historically large number of funding requests, not all applications that meet Foundation criteria will receive funding.

2014 Connections for Cardiovascular Health application and funding deadlines

Date Action
January 2, 2014 Preview of 2014 application posted
February 3-27, 2014 Online application open to accept funding proposals
February 2014 2013 awardees announced in the media
February 27, 2014,
2014 online application closes (all applications must be submitted prior to this date and time).
Early March 2014 2013 awardees posted on the Foundation website
October 2014 2014 Foundation grant awardees notified
November 2014 All Foundation grant applicants notified of application status
December 2014 Foundation grant funds distributed to the 2014 awardees
First Quarter 2015 2015 online application opens to accept funding proposals
February 2015 2014 awardees announced in the media
Early March 2015 2014 awardees posted on the Foundation website

 Review our frequently asked questions for more information.

Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM

Thank you to the many organizations who applied for funding from the Connections for Cardiovascular Health program. Since the inception of the program, nearly $11 million has been awarded to 33 organizations working to prevent cardiovascular disease. The program awards grants of $150,000 and up to US-based non-profit organizations that are doing innovative work in the field of cardiovascular health.

Information about the Foundation’s past awardees can be found below.

Past grant awardees
2013 grant awardees (PDF 181kb)
2012 grant awardees (PDF 302kb)
2011 grant awardees (PDF 306kb)
2010 grant awardees (PDF 350kb)
2009 grant awardees (PDF 256kb)

Check our latest news for press releases and more details on past Foundation grant awardees.

Review our frequently asked questions for more information.