CVS Health Foundation: Grants for Public Health

OVERVIEW: The CVS Health Foundation’s public health grants focus on smoking cessation and expanding access to quality health care.

IP TAKE: CVS occasionally awards multi-year grants. However, most grants are awarded for a period of one year.

PROFILE: The CVS Health Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the pharmacy health care provider CVS Health. The foundation focuses its grantmaking on programs that “[i]mprove access to health care services, provide chronic disease management, and promote smoking cessation and prevention.”

The CVS Foundation’s Innovations in Community Health grant program supports organizations that “[expand] access to quality health care nationwide.” Grants support community health centers, free clinics, and charitable health clinics around the country.

Working in partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), CVS has awarded grants to organizations such as the Whitman Walker Clinic in Washington, D.C., and La Clinica de La Raza, in Oakland, California. To learn more about CVS’s grants made in conjunction with the NACHC, explore its grant recipients page.

The foundation also collaborates with the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC). Past grantees include the Arlington Free Clinic located in Arlington, Virginia; and Catherine’s Health Center, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Click here to learn more about the foundation’s grants made in conjunction with the NAFC.

Finally, the CVS Foundation awards public health-related grants to organizations and programs helping to “deliver the first tobacco-free generation.” The foundation supports anti-tobacco, tobacco prevention, and smoking cessation programs. Much of CVS’s anti-tobacco funding addresses youth and young adults.

According to the foundation’s tax filings, it awards grants of up to $1 million to qualifying organizations. The CVS Foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications and requests for funding. Applicants should send their submissions to the following address: Attention: Joanne Dwyer, One CVS Drive, Woonsocket, Rhode Island 02895 or via email to


  • Eileen Boone, President and Director
  • Carol Denale, Vice President and Director
  • Thomas Moffatt, Vice President and Director
  • Tracy Smith, Vice President