ACT on Health Equity Community Solutions Challenge

AstraZeneca hosts an annual open call for applications to support eligible 501(c) nonprofit organizations across the US for local and regional community-based programs. In 2022, the ACT on Health Equity: Community Solutions Challenge will provide up to $1 million in funding. Organizations may apply for $25,000 for each eligible program.

The 2022 open-application period for the AstraZeneca Community Solutions Challenge is now closed. We encourage you to view our website next spring for information regarding the 2023 program scope, requirements and how to apply.


Overview

AstraZeneca recognizes health starts in our homes, schools and communities. The ACT on Health Equity: Community Solutions Challenge supports community-based, nonprofit organizations that are advancing health equity among underserved US communities through innovative health, wellbeing, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs at the local and regional level.


Applications must meet the following general criteria:

  • Program Focus: Community-based programs to improve conditions that affect health and wellbeing (ex: housing, environmental and neighborhood safety, nutrition, access to care, and/or access to education and career readiness in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math).
  • Communities Served: Programs that directly benefit underserved populations and prioritize their social, cultural, and linguistic needs.
  • Program Footprint: Nonprofit organizations across the US are invited to apply for programs benefiting one or more local communities. While not a requirement, special consideration will be provided to programs that reach AstraZeneca footprint geographies (e.g., Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, North Carolina, Texas and California).

 

You can learn more about the 2021 ACT on Health Equity: Community Solutions Challenge award recipients here.


Application process and key dates

  • Applications accepted (April 1 – May 13, 2022, 11:59 PM ET)
  • Award finalists notified and invited to submit a formal request through CyberGrants platform (Summer 2022)
  • Award recipients notified and publicly announced (Fall 2022)

Total contribution

Applicants may receive a one-time contribution of $25,000 to be used over a 12-month period.


Eligibility and selection criteria

The ACT on Health Equity Community Solutions Challenge is open for all eligible 501c organizations in the US delivering regional and local community-based programming. This includes local chapters of national organizations.


Exclusions

The Community Solutions Challenge will NOT fund:

  • Capital investments and unsolicited capital campaigns
  • Fundraisers (e.g., events, galas)
  • Healthcare provider salaries
  • Media/awareness campaigns
  • Meetings or conferences
  • Professional education and/or training for healthcare professionals
  • Research or clinical trials
  • Programs currently receiving funding from AstraZeneca


AstraZeneca US will NOT support:

  • Endowments
  • For-profit organizations
  • Individuals
  • Initiatives outside the United States or its territories
  • Journals or advertising
  • Political causes, lobbying, fraternal or social organizations
  • Religious organizations whose activities are not open to the general public
  • Non-profit organizations that discriminate based on age, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, military service, veteran status or disability
  • Travel

AstraZeneca does NOT support:

  • For-profit organizations
  • Individuals
  • Initiatives outside the United States or its territories
  • Journals or advertising
  • Political causes, lobbying, fraternal or social organizations
  • Religious organizations whose activities are not open to the general public
  • Nonprofit organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, military service, veteran status or disability.
  • Travel

Please read our frequently asked questions for more details. For any other questions or to learn more about national funding opportunities, please email UScontributions@astrazeneca.com.