Cardinal Health Foundation: Grants for Public Health

OVERVIEW: The Cardinal Health Foundation’s main grantmaking priorities in the public health space include prescription drug misuse, health and wellness in local communities, and helping caregivers improve the overall health and wellbeing of young children.

IP TAKE: Cardinal is one of the more approachable corporate funders out there and awards a large number of grants each year to organizations big and small. New grantseekers should take extra care with their proposals when approaching this funder to stand out from the crowd.

PROFILE: The Cardinal Health Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the healthcare products and services company, Cardinal Health. This is a relatively large corporate funder that awards around $7 million to $8 million in grants annually, with $50 million to $60 million in assets.

The foundation’s public health grants come mainly out of its Supporting Population Health program, which focuses on “helping kids get the very best start in life, assuring medications are used only to promote good health and working with community partners to promote good health for all.” Supporting Population Health has four subprograms, three of which focus directly on public health matters.

Cardinal’s Generation Rx program supports groups around the country committed to helping local communities prevent prescription drug abuse. Working in partnership with Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, Generation Rx awards grants to organizations that raise awareness of prescription drug misuse and provide prevention education programs. The foundation’s current area of grantmaking focus for this program is proper medication disposal. Grants range from $10,000 to $25,000 and Requests for Proposals are typically announced in December.

The foundation’s Essential to Wellness program awards grants to groups that improve the overall health and wellness of their local communities. Grants range from $1,000 to $15,000 and are limited to regions in which the company has a significant business or employee presence.

Finally, Cardinal’s Good4Growth program focuses on helping parents, educators, and caregivers improve the overall health and well-being of young children through the promotion of healthy diets and creative play, and by fostering a nurturing environment. This program operates primarily through partner organizations.

The Cardinal Health Foundation announces requests for proposals throughout the year for each of its public health grantmaking programs. Grantseekers should keep a close watch on the foundation’s websites for those specific dates and deadlines.

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