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Regional Grants

Program Guidelines - Information Only

Our 2014 Program is currently closed.

The Aetna Foundation Regional Grants Program – GoLocal: Cultivating Healthy Communities – funds community wellness initiatives aligned with our Healthy Eating and Active Living focus area in our designated funding locations. Grants will support local initiatives that promote eating fresh fruits and vegetables and being physically active, which can help to prevent obesity and many chronic health conditions. Grants will target underserved, low-income and minority communities where healthy food can be difficult to buy, and where social and environmental factors may limit people’s ability to be physically active.

Types of Projects We Seek to Support

  • Community-based nutrition education and exercise programs for children and families
  • Efforts to increase the availability or affordability of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Programs that help families to select and prepare healthy foods on a limited budget
  • Community gardening and urban farming activities
  • Innovative approaches to making physical activity accessible, affordable and fun
    (e.g., digital solutions)

We will give priority consideration to applications that focus on healthy eating and active living through a racial and ethnic health equity lens.

Grant Application Dates

Cycle 1:  April 10 to June 5, 2014, 5:00 pm EDT (CLOSED)

Cycle 2:  June 16 to July 30, 2014, 5:00 pm EDT (CLOSED)

  • Organizations may submit only one application to either cycle.
  • We expect to award approximately half the available grant dollars during each cycle. However, we reserve the right to adjust this allocation based on the number and quality of applications received.
  • We strongly encourage applicants to submit proposals early to allow time for thorough review and consideration. We cannot accept or consider late submissions.
  • The Aetna Foundation reserves the right to adjust program guidelines, including submission deadlines.

Grant Award Levels

The Aetna Foundation will award regional grants at two levels: $25,000 or $50,000.

  • Indirect costs may not exceed 15% of the total amount requested.
  • Grant requests cannot exceed 20% of an applicant's total operating budget.

Where We Fund

Our community-based grantmaking is concentrated in the following locations: 

  • Arizona (Phoenix)
  • California (Fresno, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco)
  • Connecticut
  • Florida (Miami, Tampa)
  • Georgia (Atlanta)
  • Illinois (Chicago)
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts (Boston)
  • New Jersey
  • New York (New York City, Long Island, Westchester)
  • North Carolina (Charlotte)
  • Ohio (Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus)
  • Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pittsburgh)
  • Tennessee (Memphis, Nashville)
  • Texas (Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio)
  • Virginia (Richmond)
  • Washington D.C. Metro (D.C., Baltimore and Prince George's County, Northern VA)
  • Washington (Seattle)

How to Apply

You must submit applications, including all required supporting documentation, through the Aetna Foundation's online grant application portal.

The Aetna Foundation reserves the right to reject any proposal, including proposals that are incomplete or lacking key information, as well as proposals submitted after application deadlines.

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