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. - 8 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 or for unsolicited proposals for its Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program. 

I would like to request a donation from AstraZeneca.

You may be able to apply separately to AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals for a corporate contribution. Visit the Request Support webpage of AstraZeneca’s US website for information on funding opportunities.

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 Next Generation

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

The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation 2020 CCH Next Generation Open Call for Applications closed on February 21, 2020 at 5:00 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. 

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 per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2017 data. Additional preference will be given to applications from those states where the Foundation has never previously funded a program. 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.

Check back on this website in fall 2020 for the list of CCH Next Generation Grant Awardees and follow the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation social media channels for the latest updates.

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 updated for each application cycle.

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, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, military service, veteran status or disability.

Additional program restrictions are updated for each application cycle.

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

Grant awards are typically distributed during the summer of the application year upon the execution of a Letter of Agreement; exact timing varies based on the timeline for the specific application year.

Do you accept multiyear proposals?

No. The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation accepts single-year applications. Organizations who receive funding in the 2020 application cycle may be eligible for a second year of continued funding in 2021, based on performance and assessment by the Foundation’s university evaluation partners, program staff and Board of Trustees.

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 Request 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 are reviewed by the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular Health℠ Foundation Grant Review Committee (typically comprised of Foundation staff and university evaluation partners) and the Foundation Board of Trustees, with the Trustees making the final decision.

When will my organization receive notification about the Program Grant?

For the 2020 open application cycle, the grant application review process will run from the end of February through July, 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 April. Applicants whose applications are selected for funding will be notified by July. All applicants typically receive notification regarding whether or not their application was selected for funding by the end of July 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; refer to the “How to Apply” tab on the Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM page for details. Grant activities, including planning, are expected to begin as soon as the funds are distributed. The funds are to be spent based on the budget submitted with the application, and programs are expected to be completed by the program end date as listed in the Letter of Agreement.

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 Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM Learning Forums and/or webinars with other Grant Awardees to further support their programs and 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 Letter of Agreement (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 and for all planned unduplicated tracked participants by year-end 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, what support can be expected?

Organizations awarded Program Grants in 2020 for CCH Next Generation will each be paired with a longstanding CCH Grant Awardee as a mentor. Mentors will establish regular communications with their CCH Next Generation mentees and be available to provide guidance and insight to help newly-funded organizations launch their programs. Additionally, the Foundation and its evaluation partners help to support the capacity building efforts of funded organizations throughout the grant year by providing educational resources and Learning Forums and offering regular feedback and guidance during its reporting and evaluation intervals and via regular communications.

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 if an open call for applications is announced. Please note, the criteria and other application requirements are updated for each cycle, and applicants must complete a separate online application for each cycle.

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.

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 1993.

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 and men 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. ( 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

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.