Aetna Foundation: Cultivating Healthy Communities
The Aetna Foundation is the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of Aetna, Inc. Its grant-making strategy is founded on three pillars: promoting healthy eating and active living, strengthening health equity, and advancing innovations that make it possible for people to have more healthy days. The Cultivating Healthy Communities grant opportunity aims to have broad impact and reach more spaces in the community. It focuses on the following five domains:
- Healthy Behaviors: Increased access to, and consumption of, fruits and vegetables; increased (at home) healthy meal preparation; increased practice of stress reduction and self-care activities such as meditation, yoga, and mindfulness; and increased physical activity (physical fitness)
- Community Safety: Reduced incidences of bullying or cyberbullying in schools
- Built Environment: Increased access to healthy foods through urban food systems and/or food sustainability; improved walkability, bikeability, and/or green space in your community
- Social/Economic Factors: Creation of new jobs through urban agriculture and/or food sustainability
- Environmental Exposures: Increase in community-based recycling programs; and improved air and water quality
Grantees should seek to improve indicators in at least two of these five domains.
Amount: $2,000,000 is available for grants of either $50,000 or $100,000 each.
Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status, and state and local government agencies. Organizations must have operating budgets of at least $250,000.
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