Education and Workforce Development

Education and Workforce Development

The Cigna Foundation supports underserved populations by investing in students at all education levels.

The Cigna Foundation knows the importance of addressing Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) in order to achieve greater health outcomes, including the vital elements of education and employment.

We are investing in students enrolled in pre-K, K-8, high school, and post-secondary and adult education. Additionally, the Cigna Foundation is taking a broader look at education by working to increase the cultural competency of health care professionals by helping them to better understand health disparities among vulnerable populations.

Program Overview

To further the mission of advancing the education and employment of tomorrow’s workforce, the Cigna Foundation has created new grant programs focusing on different stages of a person’s educational journey.

While every program will have specific requirements, each will have these common characteristics:  

  • Funding requests should be between $50,000-$125,000 per year with multi-year requests limited to no more than three years.
  • All applicants need to be a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit at the time of application.

Successful submissions will clearly articulate the field of work that will be undertaken and should:

  • Show support for persons who are residing in underserved, underrepresented or vulnerable communities or other geographic regions
  • Demonstrate experience in working with and understanding success for vulnerable, disparate, and/or marginalized communities
  • Address disparities among the specific population to be served
  • Show a sophisticated understanding of the use of data to inform and evaluate the proposed work
  • Intend to apply a racial equity lens to project design and data analyses
  • Include a high-level breakdown of the estimated budget

The Cigna Foundation values innovation and we hope to leave space for diverse and creative ideas while being able to measure results to demonstrate impact. We have not recommended a prescribed approach to what implementation should look like, and leave that to the discretion of applicants. Please review the information below to determine program alignment.

Education and Workforce Development Grant Programs


Pre-Kindergarten (pre-K)

The earlier education begins, the better chance a child has for success later in life. Pre-K programs provide children opportunities to achieve school readiness, which can contribute to lifelong employment, greater income and improved health outcomes.

Learn more and apply for grants that support pre-K programs


Kindergarten – 8 (K-8)

By broadening the learning environment to include time in and out of the classroom, the Cigna Foundation will help K-8 students excel in language, literacy, and STEM related subjects.

Learn more and apply for grants that support K-8 programs


High School

When it comes to the positive impact we can make on future generations and the broader public health ecosystem, the Cigna Foundation will introduce high school students to health care occupations, support them through a successful graduation, and help them continue their education in preparation for a career in health care.

Learn more and apply for grants that support high school programs


Post-Secondary and Adult Education

If considering health-related jobs, the Cigna Foundation will support adults through educational programs designed to advance public health and improve health outcomes overall.

Learn more and apply for grants that support post-secondary and adult education


For more information, visit our frequently asked questions or contact us via email at