Connections for Cardiovascular Health

A program of the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation

In support of its overall mission to improve health, the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation launched Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM (CCH), a program with the mission of improving cardiovascular health in the United States.

CCH provides grants to U.S.-based nonprofit organizations engaged in charitable work at the community level in the United States in support of the program’s mission. Since its inception in 2010, the Foundation’s CCH program has funded programs providing innovative, community-based approaches to improving cardiovascular health across the United States. CCH-funded programs use culturally appropriate approaches with measurable outcomes to address specific unmet needs of communities across the country, especially underserved communities.


2018 Online Open Call for Applications Accepted from February 5 to February 28, 2018 at 5 p.m. EST

The Connections for Cardiovascular Health℠ program is pleased to share it will once again accept applications from U.S.-based, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations or similar nonprofit organizations working to improve cardiovascular health in their communities in 2018. 

To download a preview of the application questions, click here. For a sample completed application, click here.

Review our frequently asked questions for more information.

Are You Eligible?

To qualify for a Foundation Program 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℠ (CCH) mission and meets five 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 participants’ and non-professional caregivers’ lives in connection with the services provided and work done
  • Demonstrates a clear plan for long-term program sustainability,  to further improve cardiovascular health after Foundation grants are expended.

Foundation grant applications that meet the criteria and describe innovative initiatives with clearly defined outcomes and measurable results and processes will be considered for funding. 

Download the full criteria below or review our CCH Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

How to Apply

Foundation grant application information

The online open call for applications for 2018 will be from February 5 to February 28, 2018 at 5 p.m. ET. Program Grants are awarded on an annual schedule. (See below) 

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.

Fall 2017 2017 Grant Awardees publicly announced 
February 5-28, 2018 Online open call for applications 
February 28, 2018, 5 p.m. ET 2018 online application closes (all applications must be submitted prior to this date and time)
June – August 2018 Initial decline notices sent to applicants not selected for 2018 CCH funding
October 2018 2018 Foundation Grant Awardees notified and remaining applicants not selected for 2018 CCH funding notified
February 2019 2018 Grant Awardees publicly announced
2016 Grant Awardees announced in the media
2016 Grant Awardees announced in the media

Past Grant Awardees

Thank you to the many organizations who applied for funding from the Connections for Cardiovascular Health℠ program. Since the inception of the program, nearly $22 million has been awarded to 49 organizations working to prevent cardiovascular disease. Through 2014, the program awarded grants of $150,000 and up to U.S.-based nonprofit organizations doing innovative work in the field of cardiovascular health. From 2015 to 2016, the program awarded grants from $150,000 to $180,000. In 2017, applications for grant support through the CCH program were  by invitation-only for previous and current Grant Awardees up to $100,000, based on Board-approved criteria.  

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

Past Grant Awardees

2017 Grant Awardees

2016 Grant Awardees

2015 Grant Awardees

2014 Grant Awardees

2013 Grant Awardees

2012 Grant Awardees

2011 Grant Awardees

2010 Grant Awardees

2009 Grant Awardees