Funding Options

The Anthem Foundation funds specific public health–related initiatives that positively affect conditions identified through our signature Healthy Generations program.

There are two funding options. Before applying, please review the descriptions for both and determine which best aligns with your request.

Icon Grants Program Grants

Anthem Foundation Program Grants support ongoing community health programs with proven and measurable outcomes. Generally, our grant terms are one year, with a few exceptions (mostly for national grants).

Approach

We invest in traditional and nontraditional problem-solving approaches. These include programs that provide services directly to people and those that change systems to transform healthcare. Although we fund some research and policy requests, such proposals are by invitation only. We will not consider unsolicited grant requests for capital projects or campaigns.

Measurable Results

We favor initiatives that prioritize obtaining strategic, measurable results over isolated grant activities. For example, a physical fitness initiative that increases physical activity or improves diet in general as a key goal is less likely to be favored than an initiative that increases physical activity or improves diet as a specific means to reduce BMI for a target population. Our gauge for a successful grant is a measurable result that is evident within the grant period.

Operating Principles

We want to create the greatest human gain for the grant dollars we have available. Rather than try to cover many broad health-related needs in the community, the Foundation funds targeted grants that align with our signature Healthy Generations program.

The Anthem Foundation evaluates the projected ability of grant requests to yield meaningful results by asking three simple questions of each proposal:

  1. What results will be achieved?
  2. Will this organization deliver on its proposed commitments?
  3. Is this grant the best possible use of the Foundation’s resources?

Organizational Status

The organizations we support are from those classified by the Internal Revenue Service as tax-exempt public charities under section 501(c)(3).

The following are the 501c3 subsections of the Internal Revenue Code that the Anthem Foundation currently supports:

  • 170(B)(1)(a)(vi) - Organization that receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public.
  • 509(A)(2) - Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.
  • 509(A)(3) - Organizations operated solely for the benefit of and in conjunction with other exempt organizations, typically other public charities.

Questions concerning the tax ID status or the specific subsection under which an organization is classified should be directed to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service at 1-877-829-5500.

Locations

The Foundation’s primary support base is spread across the states in which Anthem, Inc., does business. These states are:

  • Arizona*
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Missouri
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

As Anthem’s footprint expands, we will consider requests from additional states on a case-by-case basis.

*Note: The priority demographic for Arizona is individuals age 65+.

Eligible Requests

To be eligible for Anthem Foundation Program Grant funding, organizations must:

  • Not duplicate or significantly overlap the work of public agencies on the federal, state or local level.
  • Serve the community without discrimination on the basis of age, disability, religion, veteran status, race, creed, sexual orientation or sexual preferences, gender, gender identity or national origin.
  • Keep books available for regular, independent outside audit and make the results available to all potential contributors.
  • Comply with applicable laws regarding registration and reporting.
  • Observe the highest standards of business conduct in relationships with the public. Be able to produce a current list of board directors (including board affiliations with the submitting nonprofit, plus professional titles); a detailed project budget, including annual itemizations if a multiyear request; current audited financials; and documented confirmation of eligible tax-exemption status.
  • Meet the additional criteria on the Eligibility quiz within the grant application.

Online Application

You must submit your grant proposal online; no exceptions will be made.

We strongly advise applicants to follow the Guidance and Examples that accompany key results-focused questions throughout the application. While all the information we ask for is necessary and valuable to our decision making, these key questions can give us the most insight into how you plan to translate your grant activity into change-causing outcomes that will produce measurable results.

The Anthem Foundation does not give advice on grant amounts, as they can vary widely depending on the proposal, how many people are affected, the strength of the success metrics, and other factors.

Generally our grant terms are one year, with a few exceptions (mostly for national grants).

2018 Deadlines

Deadlines below are subject to change. Please check this website regularly for updates. All deadlines are at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

Cycle One 2018:
Applications are due no later than Friday, February 23, 2018.

Cycle Two 2018:
Applications are due no later than Friday, August 3, 2018.

Please note: While applications will be accepted in all Anthem markets, for our August 3, 2018 grant cycle, in an effort to ensure our funding reaches the communities where it is need most, we are placing an emphasis on supporting programs that are specifically working to remove common social, economic and environmental barriers to achieving good health in California, Indiana, Georgia, Virginia, New York and Ohio.
View the Request for Proposal

Notification

All applicants will be notified via e-mail of the Foundation’s receipt of grant proposals. Typically, our review process lasts four to six months. Please do not call the Foundation for status updates. Due to the high volume of requests we receive, we cannot respond to such phone calls.

Icon Sponsor Community Relations & Sponsorships

Anthem’s community sponsorships support fundraising events, smaller-scale programs and mission priorities that align with and promote our Healthy Generations program.

Approach

We support nonprofit fundraising and sponsorship initiatives that reflect the objectives of our Healthy Generations program.

Organizational Status

The organizations we support are from those classified by the Internal Revenue Service as tax-exempt public charities under section 501(c)(3).

Ineligible Groups

The following are not eligible for Community Sponsorship support:

  • Individuals
  • Political organizations or candidates
  • Private charities or foundations
  • Fraternal, military or labor organizations

Eligible Requests

To be eligible for Community Sponsorships, organizations must:

  • Not duplicate or significantly overlap the work of public agencies on the federal, state or local level.
  • Serve the community without discrimination on the basis of age, disability, religion, veteran status, race, creed, sexual orientation or sexual preference, gender, gender identity, or national origin.
  • Keep books available for regular, independent outside audit and make the results available to all potential contributors.
  • Comply with applicable laws regarding registration and reporting.

Locations

The Foundation’s primary charitable support base is spread across the states in which Anthem, Inc., does business. These states are:

  • Arizona*
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Missouri
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

As Anthem’s footprint expands, we will consider requests from additional states on a case-by-case basis.

*Note: The priority demographic for Arizona is individuals age 65+.

Online Application

You must submit your grant proposal online; no exceptions will be made.

We strongly advise applicants to follow the Guidance and Examples that accompany key results-focused questions throughout the application. While all the information we ask for is necessary and valuable to our decision making, these key questions can give us the most insight into how you plan to translate your grant activity into change-causing outcomes that will produce measurable results.

Community Sponsorship applications are accepted throughout the year and are reviewed on a monthly or quarterly basis.

Notification

All applicants will be notified by e-mail upon receipt of the request. Typically, Community Sponsorship funding requests are determined within 90 business days.