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.


In 2019, the Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program will hold a closed cycle for funding focused on current Grant Awardees. Information on future funding cycles will be updated on our website. Consider following the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation social media channels for the latest updates.

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

In 2019, the Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program will hold a closed cycle for funding focused on current Grant Awardees. Information on future funding cycles will be updated on our website. Consider following the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation social media channels for the latest updates.

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
December 2018 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, over $23 million has been awarded to 52 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. In 2018, two levels of funding for Program Grants were available, up to $150,000, along with Dissemination Grant funding for previous and current Grant Awardees.

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

Past 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

  • 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

  • Catherine’s Health Center: The Live Heart Smart Health Coaching Toolkit provides information centered on health coaching as an innovative practice used to assist with implementing a patient-centered approach to behavior change.
  • Chesapeake Charities: The Partnering for Youth Cardio-Fit Project Toolkit provides detailed lesson plans for implementing a youth program that teaches youth to embrace the positive, preventative actions necessary to enjoy a lifetime of cardiovascular health.
  • Manna Ministries, Inc.: The MOVE Program Toolkit provides program outlines and resources to help implement an obesity reduction and cardiovascular health education program for adults and families.
  • Mid-Valley Family YMCA: The Activate Your Heart Program Implementation Guide provides detailed information on how to implement a community-based program aimed at reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, including tip for developing program partners and recruiting and retaining participants.
  • Saint Agnes Hospital Foundation: The Heart-to-Heart Program Toolkit provides key learning and steps to consider in order to develop a faith-based cardiovascular health program.
  • Sankofa Community Development Corporation: The Healthy HeartBeats Program Toolkit provides information to help other organizations implement community-based programs to decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease, including step-by-step tools and recommendations for developing, implementing and evaluating a program.
  • St. Mary’s Health Wagon: The Heart Health 1, 2, 3. Program Toolkit provides information on the key components, lessons learned and steps to implement a successful cardiovascular health program.
  • West Virginia Health Right, Inc.: The SCALE Program Toolkit provides information on the key components and how to implement a weight loss and health status improvement program. Visit the SCALE program website for more information: