Highmark Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The Highmark Foundation awards grants supporting all-too-familiar and pervasive chronic conditions in the U.S., mainly heart disease and diabetes.

IP TAKE: Highmark seeks out projects that have the strong potential to be replicable and sustainable. It also expects its grantee organizations to have a significant impact on the health outcomes of the local communities they serve.

PROFILE: The Highmark Foundation describes itself as “dedicated to improving the health, well-being, and quality of life for individuals and communities.” In the public health space, many of its grants are related advocating for increased physical activity, improved nutrition, and anti-bullying efforts. Highmark pays special funding attention to childhood obesity and bullying, calling both “major public health concerns for the nation.” The foundation awards grants and funding through its Priority Funding Areas in Chronic Disease, Family Health, and Service Delivery Systems.

Highmark’s Chronic Disease funding supports “evidence-based prevention programs and interventions” to address issues like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, stroke, arthritis, kidney disease, and HIV/AIDS. The foundation’s Family Health program concerns “a broad range of issues which impact the family unit,” such as maternal health, infant health, adolescent health, senior health, bullying, obesity, and family-centric nutrition. Finally, its Service Delivery Systems program works to create health systems that “deliver effective, safe, high quality personal and non-personal care to those who need it, when they need it, and with minimal waste,” supporting programs in primary and dental care, coordination of services, access to care, and capacity building.

The majority of Highmark grants are between $25,000 and $150,000. Grantseekers may review the foundation’s Past Grants for more information on its giving habits. Organizations that meet its Eligibility Criteria may apply for grants through Highmark’s online portal.

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