Amount: Grants range from $25,000 to $40,000 – including up to 15% for indirect costs. Requests should not exceed $40,000.
Submission of an application is not a guarantee of funding. Additionally, grants may be awarded at less than the full amount requested. The number of grants and total dollars awarded depend on the quantity and quality of applications received and availability of resources.
Project Timeline: Project timelines should not exceed 12 months. Project start dates should be scheduled a minimum of 4 months from the date of submission to accommodate our proposal review process which can take up to 150 days. Project end dates should reflect the conclusion of all activities, including program evaluation and reporting.
Aetna Foundation Guidelines: Grants must meet both our General Funding Guidelines as well as the criteria outlined on our Regional Grants page.
Frequency of Submissions: The Aetna Foundation generally awards only one grant per organization in a calendar year.
Submission Process: As of September 16, our 2013 Regional Grants Program is closed.
Frequently Asked Questions: Visit our Frequently Asked Questions for additional information about our grant making guidelines and our online proposal submission system.
Regional Grants Application Review Process
Evaluation: We use a two-step process. All submissions are first reviewed by Aetna Foundation staff for quality and suitability. Proposals recommended by Foundation staff are referred to the Foundation’s regional grants committees for their evaluation and comment. Funding decisions are made by Aetna Foundation staff.
Award Notification: Decisions to fund or decline are generally made within 150 days of the proposal’s submission. Funding decisions and declinations are communicated by email. Due to the large volume of requests we receive, we are unable to provide feedback on declined applications.
Note to Current or Previous Grantees
Current grantees may apply for continued funding only in the final three months of their current grant period. Applications must include a financial update and a 350-600 word progress report that summarizes the program’s strategies, goals and impact to date. The progress report should be included as a supplemental document in the Appendix section of the new application. The Foundation may delay review of current grantees’ proposals whether for the continuation of a project or new work, until the existing granted project’s conclusion.
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