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 order to address a leading cause of death 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.

Overview

The 2020 CCH Next Generation Open Call for Applications closed on February 21, 2020 at 5 p.m. ET.

CCH Next Generation will maintain CCH's original mission to improve cardiovascular health in the US and many of the same criteria for funding and programs. What’s new is the focus on sharing nearly 10 years of Foundation and Grant Awardee learnings from the field so new applicants have the opportunity to modify or adapt these learnings when designing and implementing their own innovative, community-based heart health programs. 

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Are You Eligible?

The 2020 CCH Next Generation Open Call for Applications closed on February 21, 2020 at 5 p.m. ET.

CCH Next Generation maintains CCH's original mission to improve cardiovascular health in the US and many of the same criteria for funding and programs. What’s new is the focus on sharing nearly 10 years of Foundation and Grant Awardee learnings from the field so new applicants have the opportunity to modify or adapt these learnings when designing and implementing their own innovative, community-based heart health programs. 

CCH Next Generation grants in the amount of $125,000 to $150,000 will be awarded to organizations that have never been funded before by the Foundation through the CCH program. CCH Next Generation welcomes applications from every state in the nation and has a preference for funding applications from the top 20 states by cardiovascular disease mortality. Additional preference will be given to applications from those states where the Foundation has never previously funded a program (see detailed criteria). CCH will provide limited grant funding by invitation only to previously-funded organizations to serve as mentors to newly-funded organizations, support program sustainability and share lessons learned.

Through evaluating results from community-based programs from CCH, the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation and its evaluation partners have identified six innovative approaches commonly used to improve cardiovascular health at the community level. Applying organizations will need to align with one of six innovative approaches as the basis of their CCH Next Generation program or identify their own innovative approach. The six innovative approaches include:

  • Leveraging access for uninsured and underserved participants to improve cardiovascular knowledge and health
  • Bringing programs to participants
  • Educating children to serve as heart health ambassadors
  • Improving cardiovascular health through food-based programs
  • Using health coaches/promotores to improve cardiovascular health
  • Providing culturally sensitive program interventions to maximize participant outcomes

Applicants are encouraged to consult the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Effective Program Practices Guide to help them when designing their own community-based cardiovascular programs.

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 programs with clearly defined outcomes and measurable results and processes will be considered for funding.

Review the detailed program criteria.

How to Apply

The 2020 CCH Next Generation Open Call for Applications closed on February 21, 2020 at 5 p.m. ET.

Thank you to the many organizations who applied for funding from the CCH Next Generation program. We appreciate your efforts to help improve heart health in your communities. Please refer to the chart below for details on the application review and notification process.

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

March - June 2020

CCH Next Generation Grant Review Process

April – July 2020

Status notifications for submitted applications sent to applicants*

Fall 2020

CCH Next Generation Grant Awardees publicly announced

*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.

Past Grant Awardees

Since the inception of the Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM  program, over $23.7 million has been awarded to 52 organizations working to prevent cardiovascular disease in communities across the nation.

2019

CCH awarded continued funding to current Grant Awardees.

2018

CCH awarded Program Grants up to $150,000, along with Dissemination Grant
funding for previous and current Grant Awardees.

2017

CCH awarded grants up to $100,000 to previous and current Grant Awardees
via an invitation-only process, based on Board-approved criteria.

2015 - 2016

CCH awarded grants from $150,000 to $180,000.

Inception through 2014

CCH awarded grants of $150,000 and up.

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

Past Grant Awardees

2019 Grant Awardees

2018 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

 

Lessons Learned

The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation is committed to sharing lessons learned from the Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program and its Grant Awardees. Through these efforts, we aim to broaden the reach of the CCH program and inspire other organizations across the country to work to improve cardiovascular health in their communities. Use the links below to access Foundation and Grant Awardee resources, and be sure to check back as we update this section with new information.

AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation Resources

  • Effective Program Practices Guide: Based on 10 years of learnings from the CCH program, the Effective Program Practices Guide is an educational resource designed to help organizations develop their own community health programs. The Guide includes general guidelines for building an effective community health program, as well as six innovative program approaches commonly used by CCH Grant Awardees for other organizations to adopt or modify. Check out the summary and infographic to learn more.
  • Dissemination and Communications Guide: Initially developed to support CCH Grant Awardees as they bring awareness to their programs, build sustainability and disseminate key learnings, the lessons in this Guide are generally applicable and may be used by other organizations working to develop, sustain and communicate about a community health program through traditional and social media.

Program Toolkits