Cigna Foundation Grants and Funding FAQs

Funding varies by grant program. Check each program page for additional details on funding ranges for your program of interest.

Timelines vary by grant program. Check each program page for additional details on grant cycles.

The Cigna Foundation considers one-year, multi-year, and pilot projects. Please note that multi-year requests are accepted but terms will be limited to three years.

Fund awards vary by grant program. Check each application link for additional details on anticipated award dates.

The Cigna Foundation does not fund general operating expenses, administrative costs, and indirect costs. The budget narrative for each grant should reflect all of the expenses that are required for the specific grant project.

Salaries for staff members are allowable for the related program, but no fringe or payroll taxes are acceptable by the Cigna Foundation. All other expenses will be reviewed by the grants’ committee members in relation to the application.

The Cigna Foundation considers proposals from anywhere in the United States and abroad. Please refer to the specific program guidelines for geographical specifications or requirements.

No. All of the grant programs listed on the Cigna Foundation’s website are open applications.

Applicant institutions must be a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit. The following 501(c)(3) statuses will be considered:

170(B)(1)(a)(i)
170(B)(1)(a)(ii)
170(B)(1)(a)(iii)
170(B)(1)(a)(iv)
170(B)(1)(a)(v)
170(B)(1)(a)(vi)
509(A)(2)

Yes; however, the Cigna Foundation will provide only one grant per organization in the calendar year for an approved program. The only exception is for Healthier Kids For Our Future, through which organizations can apply for a mental health, as well as a food insecurity grant.

For any application questions, please contact Benevity directly to request help.

For any application questions, please contact Benevity directly to request help.

The Cigna Foundation will try to be as responsive to questions as possible. However, we cannot meet with every organization prior to grant submissions. Please review our programs section of the website to determine if your organization is a fit for any of our grant programs. For additional questions, please contact us via email at FoundationGrants@Cigna.com.

You do not need a separate fiscal sponsor, but you do need to be a qualified charity.

The Cigna Foundation does not sponsor events and/or fundraisers. All sponsorship inquiries should be submitted to Cigna corporate via email to CommunityService@Cigna.com.

At this time, the Cigna Foundation does not accept unsolicited grants outside of the United States. However, we do consider proposals from U.S.-based organizations that are executing projects outside of the United States.

Need more information?

For additional questions, please contact us via email at FoundationGrants@Cigna.com.