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.


2016 Online Application Closed on February 25, 2016 at 5 p.m. EST

The Connections for Cardiovascular Health℠ program awards Foundation grants annually to U.S.-based, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations or similar nonprofit organizations working to improve cardiovascular health in their communities. In 2017, applications for grant support through the CCH program will be by invitation-only.

Review our frequently asked questions for more information.

Are You Eligible?

To qualify for a Foundation grant in 2017, nonprofit organizations based in the United States must be invited to apply and 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 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 participants’ 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.

How to Apply

Foundation grant application information

The online application closed on February 25, 2016. Grants are awarded on an annual schedule. (See below) 

In 2017, applications for grant support through the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program will be by invitation-only. The Foundation will not accept requests for unsolicited proposals.

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.

Date Action 
January 4, 2016 Preview of 2016 application posted
February 1–25, 2016 Online application open to accept funding proposals
February 2016 2015 Grant Awardees announced in the media
February 25, 2016, 
2016 online application closes (all applications must be submitted prior to this date and time)
Early March 2016
2015 Grant Awardees posted on the Foundation website
October 2016 2016 Foundation Grant Awardees notified
November 2016 All Foundation grant applicants notified of application status
December 2016 Foundation grant funds distributed to the 2016 Grant Awardees
February 2017 2016 Grant Awardees announced in the media 
Early March 2017 2016 Grant Awardees posted on the Foundation website
March 2017 Invitation-Only Application Period
July 2017 2017 Foundation Grant Awardees notified
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, over $19 million has been awarded to 47 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 awards grants from $150,000 to $180,000. In 2017, applications for grant support through the CCH program will be by invitation-only. The Foundation will not accept requests for unsolicited proposals.

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

Past Grant Awardees

2015 Grant Awardees

2014 Grant Awardees

2013 Grant Awardees

2012 Grant Awardees

2011 Grant Awardees

2010 Grant Awardees

2009 Grant Awardees