Newsroom | 02 March 2021

Cigna Foundation Launches New Health and Well-Being Grant Program to Improve Access to Care and Eliminate Health Disparities

  • The grant cycle will run from March 22 through April 23

    BLOOMFIELD, Conn., Mar. 02, 2021– The Cigna Foundation today announced  an open call for applications for its new Health and Well-Being grant program, part of an ongoing initiative to improve access to care and eliminate health disparities.

    In 2021, the Cigna Foundation plans to award over $3 million in grants to support non-profits and community organizations focused on addressing these challenges.

    “Our goal is to provide non-profits with resources that support the improved health and well-being of vulnerable communities, allowing them to better increase access to health care and primary care, while also  helping to create effective health literacy resources,” said Susan Stith, executive director, Cigna Foundation.

    Despite steady improvement in overall health outcomes over the past decade, many under-resourced communities continue to experience substantial health inequities.  For instance, research shows that low-income individuals experience more barriers to care and receive poorer quality care than high-income individuals.1

    2021 Grant Cycle

    Non-profit organizations are invited to apply for grants beginning March 22. The grant cycle will close on April 23. Additional opportunities to apply for this grant program will be available throughout the year. Grants will be awarded this July.

    Qualified non-profits must specifically address health and well-being with programs that focus on health navigation to improve overall access to care, treatment and medications.

    To determine eligibility to apply, start here. Details will be available on our website soon.

    About Cigna Foundation

    Cigna Foundation, established in 1962, is a private foundation funded by contributions from Cigna Corporation (NYSE:CI) and its subsidiaries. Cigna Foundation supports organizations sharing its commitment to enhancing the health of individuals and families, and the well-being of their communities, with a special focus on those communities where Cigna employees live and work.

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    meaghan.macdonald@cigna.com

    1 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; September 2019. AHRQ Publication No. 19-0070-EF. https://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/nhqdr18/index.html