Frequently asked questions

FAQs about the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation

Are you a part of AstraZeneca?

The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation is a tax-exempt entity organized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation is separate from the commercial entity, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals. If you have questions about AstraZeneca, contact the AstraZeneca Information Center at:

Information Center: 1-800-236-9933
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. EST, excluding holidays

I want to apply for funding for a non-cardiovascular initiative.

The Foundation does not presently offer grants for non-cardiovascular initiatives. 

I would like to request a donation from AstraZeneca.

You may apply separately to AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals for a corporate contribution. The AstraZeneca US Contributions program conducts an open application period each year during July that allows nonprofit organizations to apply directly for charitable funding. For more information, please visit the Sustainability section of AstraZeneca's US website.

Can I provide a donation to support the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s mission?

Currently, the Foundation does not accept public donations.

Can you provide information on your international initiatives?

The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation supports only U.S.-based initiatives at the present time.

Who is eligible for Employee Disaster Relief, and how do you apply for support?

The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation provides support for AstraZeneca U.S.-based employees affected by federally declared disasters in the U.S. If you are an AstraZeneca employee, contact your manager or the AstraZeneca Information Center (800-236-9933) for application instructions.

FAQs about Connections for Cardiovascular Health

How do I apply for an AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation grant from the Connections for Cardiovascular Health℠ program?

In 2018, applications for grant funding through the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM (CCH) will be accepted via an online application during February for Program Grants as part of its open call for applications. 

PROGRAM GRANTS (Open Call for Applications)

The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation has two levels of grant funding to support program operations:

  • Level 1 - Organizations with New or Existing Programs with 0-1 Year of CCH Funding: Organizations that have not received CCH funding in the past and organizations that have received one year of CCH funding may apply for funding between $125,000 and $150,000. Organizations that received one year of CCH funding must apply with their previously CCH-funded program to be considered.
  • Level 2 – Previously-Funded Organizations with 2+ Years of CCH Funding for Established ProgramsPreviously-funded organizations that received two or more years of CCH funding may apply for up to $75,000 to sustain a previously CCH-funded program. 

DISSEMINATION GRANTS (Invitation Only)

The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation will hold a separate invitation-only application cycle in October 2018 for previously-funded organizations that meet eligibility requirements to apply for Dissemination Grants between $10,000 and $25,000 to help sustain their previously-funded programs through sharing lessons learned via publications, presentations, program toolkits and other innovative methods. Invited applicants will be notified of their status to apply in September 2018 and will be provided with the criteria at that time.

What are your eligibility requirements for Program Grants?

To be considered for a Foundation grant, organizations must be U.S.-based, nonprofit organizations with a 501(c) designation or public schools, government entities or municipal institutions that are eligible to accept tax-deductible, charitable contributions. Organizations that have a 509(a)(3) designation are ineligible for funding.

Please note that all 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations also have an IRS 509(a) designation. If your organization has been designated as a 509(a)(3) supporting organization by the IRS, it is ineligible for funding. The IRS designation can normally be found in the organization’s IRS designation letter. Some nonprofit organizations, particularly older ones, could have a separate IRS 509(a) ruling letter.

The organization should be engaged in charitable work at the community level in the United States in support of the Foundation’s CCH program mission. Additional eligibility requirements are detailed in the online application under its “Are You Eligible?” section.

Are there any program restrictions for Program Grants?

The Foundation does NOT fund programs that focus exclusively on the following:

  • Capital investments and unsolicited capital campaigns
  • Media/awareness campaigns 
  • Hospital software systems, hospital in-patient programs or enhancement of existing hospital services
  • Professional education and/or training for healthcare professionals that is more than incidental to the program
  • Research or clinical trials
  • Healthcare provider/cardiologist salaries
  • Faith-based programs that are NOT open to the community-at-large.

The Foundation does NOT support:

  • Cardiovascular initiatives outside the United States or its territories
  • Individuals
  • For-profit organizations
  • Endowments
  • 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.

Additional program restrictions are detailed in the online application under the “Are You Eligible?” section.

When does the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation distribute Foundation grant awards for Program Grants?

For applications submitted in February 2018, applicants will be notified of the status of their application beginning in June and no later than October 2018, and funds will be distributed to the recipient organizations by the end of November 2018 upon the execution of a Letter of Agreement. 

Do you accept multiyear proposals?

No. The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation will only accept single-year applications.

Are programs with collaborative partnerships permitted?

The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation does consider programs where multiple organizations are working together toward a common goal on a joint program. The applying organization should be both the fiscal agent and the managing partner for the duration of the grant.

Will medical education or research proposals be funded through this program?

No. Grant requests of this type should not be made through the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular Health℠ program. Requestors of medical education or research grants should visit the AstraZeneca Community Support webpage for more information on opportunities available through AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals.

What other programs has the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation supported?

Since its establishment in 1993, the Foundation has provided support for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), which is a legacy program of the Foundation. The Foundation also provides support to the AstraZeneca Employee Disaster Relief Fund, which helps AstraZeneca employees affected by federally declared disasters in the United States.

Who reviews the applications for Program Grants, and how will they be evaluated?

All proposals will be reviewed by the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular Health℠ Foundation Grant Review Committee and the Foundation Board of Trustees, with the Trustees making the final decision.

When will my organization receive notification about the Program Grant?

The grant application review process typically runs from March through September, with multiple levels of review. Applicants are typically notified via email after each level of review if their application is not selected to advance; most applicants will receive notifications in June or August. Applicants whose applications are selected for funding are typically notified by October. All applicants will have received notification regarding whether or not their application was selected for funding by the end of October of the application year.

If my organization is chosen to receive a Program Grant, what are the next steps?

Organizations whose applications are chosen for funding will be asked to review and approve a Letter of Agreement that will include specific, periodic program reporting requirements for the duration of the program. Additional information about content, format and deadlines for these program reports will be provided at that time.

Funding will be disbursed per the posted schedule for the year. Grant activities, including planning, are expected to begin as soon as the funds are released. The funds are to be spent based on the budget submitted with the application, and programs are expected to be completed by December the following year.

Grants are publicly announced typically in February.

The Foundation is committed is supporting collaborative learning environments for Grant Awardees to share lessons learned and work toward program sustainability beyond Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM funding. Organizations that receive grant funding will have the opportunity to participate in in-person and/or web-based Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM Learning Forums with other Grant Awardees to support their program sustainability efforts.

If my organization receives an AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation Program Grant, what are the reporting requirements?

Grant Awardees must agree to submit regular progress reports and summaries as set forth in the Foundation’s award letter (three-month, mid-year and year-end program reports and other requirements).

Programs will be required to report on program outcomes for approximately half of the planned unduplicated tracked participants by mid-year (May of the year following the application year) and for all planned unduplicated tracked participants by year-end (December of the year following the application year) as detailed in the program design submitted in their application.

Once a Program Grant award is received, what is the process for program evaluation?

Grant Awardee program reports are shared with our outside evaluation partners who assess each program’s progress against the goals and objectives identified in its application. The Foundation’s evaluation partners prepare a two-page program evaluation with recommendations for Grant Awardees, as needed, to support the achievement of program goals and objectives.

If an organization is awarded a Program Grant and its tax status has changed since submitting the application, will it still be awarded a grant?

After submitting the application, organizations cannot make substantive changes to their tax status. Once selected for a grant award, organizations cannot reassign, transfer or credit their grant to another entity, including any related entity, without prior written approval by the Foundation. Any changes in an organization’s tax status after submitting the application or being selected for a grant award must be reported immediately and may impact the organization’s eligibility to receive the grant.

As a reminder, to qualify for a Foundation grant, an organization is required to be a U.S.-based, nonprofit organization with a 501(c) designation or a public school, government entity or municipal institution that is eligible to accept tax-deductible, charitable contributions. Organizations that are 501(c)(3) and also have an IRS designation as a 509(a)(3) are ineligible for funding. The nonprofit organization must be engaged in charitable work at the community level or otherwise.

Can I resubmit my proposal for a Program Grant if the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation initially declined it?

Yes. If the Foundation declines your proposal, you may complete an online application with the declined proposal in subsequent years. Please note, the criteria and other application requirements are updated annually, and applicants must complete a separate online application each year.

Does receipt of support from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation guarantee future support?

No. Each year’s proposals are evaluated based on their individual merits relative to all other Foundation grant requests received during the grant cycle.

The intent of the Program Grants is to support innovative initiatives or programs at the community level to help improve cardiovascular health in the community during the grant year and beyond. Our aim is for funded programs to maximize the benefit to participants and to work toward sustainability beyond our funding.

Reduced funding will be available to support a limited number of previously-funded organizations that have received two or more years of Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM funding and have programs that demonstrate positive outcomes.

The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation is committed to supporting opportunities for previously-funded organizations to share lessons learned and raise awareness of their programs to help their program sustainability efforts. The Foundation provides Dissemination Grants of $10,000-$25,000 by invitation-only to previously-funded organizations, based on eligibility, to share lessons learned through publications, presentations, program toolkits and other innovative methods. Dissemination Grant awards are independent of CCH funding for programs. There is no guarantee that an organization will receive a Dissemination Grant if that organization is selected to receive a Program Grant, and an organization does not need to apply or receive a Program Grant to be considered for a Dissemination Grant.

FAQs about National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM)

What is NBCAM?

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is a legacy program of the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation. Over 30 years ago, a collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations and government agencies came together to improve the awareness of breast cancer, share information on the disease and provide greater access to services. The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation has supported NBCAM since the Foundation’s inception.

In 1985, when these groups first came together, there were very low levels of breast cancer awareness, and these leading healthcare organizations felt there was a need to create a national dialogue on breast cancer.

NBCAM recognizes that although many great strides have been made in breast cancer awareness and treatment there remains much to be accomplished. Today, NBCAM lives on through the work of its previous collaborating partners who are dedicated to educating and empowering women to take charge of their own breast health through its collaborating partners.
 

When is NBCAM?

Although October is designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the NBCAM collaborating partners are dedicated to raising awareness and educating individuals about breast cancer throughout the year. Individuals are encouraged to regularly learn more about breast cancer, breast health and the latest research developments. NBCAM has taken on a life of its own as numerous breast cancer organizations, as well as individuals and groups, across the country raise awareness during the month of October and throughout the year. 

Can I provide a donation to support NBCAM?

Currently, NBCAM does not accept public donations.

You may want to consider contacting others in the NBCAM Collaborating Partnership with your offer to provide a donation. The list of collaborating breast cancer organizations with a description and link to each can be found on the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s website, under the section on NBCAM.

Where can I get breast cancer event materials and educational materials?

Consider contacting one of the NBCAM collaborating partner organizations for breast cancer information to give away at your event. Some organizations provide the materials free of charge and others provide it at a nominal cost. The full list of collaborating breast cancer organizations with a description and link to each can be found on the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s website, under the section on NBCAM.

Does NBCAM have a local office in my area?

For breast cancer organizations with local offices, consider contacting the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Both organizations have affiliates or offices around the country supporting local initiatives and breast cancer patients.

I need breast cancer support for myself or a loved one. Where should I go?

For breast cancer organizations with local offices, consider contacting the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Both organizations have affiliates or offices around the country supporting local initiatives and breast cancer patients.

Can you provide more information or materials for my international event?

NBCAM’s focus is limited to the United States. You may wish to search on “breast cancer support” and “your country” or “international” in an Internet Search Engine such as Google.

Alternatively, you could contact Pink Ribbon, Inc. (http://www.pinkribbon.org). It is an independent international charity supporting breast cancer through awareness, alignment, advocacy, accreditation and alliances. It is not affiliated with NBCAM or supported by the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation. Their email address is info@pinkribbon.org.

Will NBCAM share my story/message/product?

You may want to consider contacting one of the NBCAM collaborating partner organizations to find other opportunities to support breast cancer awareness. The list of collaborating breast cancer organizations with a description and link to each can be found through this Foundation’s website, under the section on NBCAM

Can I apply for a grant to promote my breast cancer organization and awareness activities?

NBCAM does not accept applications for funding.

How do I become a collaborating organization or recommended resource?

We are not accepting new collaborating organizations or recommended resources to NBCAM at this time.