The Cigna Foundation is inviting non-profits working to create greater access to mental health services to apply for funding through its Healthier Kids For Our Future grant program. The program will provide up to a total of $5 million in grants to community organizations over the next year.
Healthier Kids For Our Future is a five-year, $25 million global initiative to improve the health and well-being of children that launched in 2019. Phase I focused on reducing childhood hunger and improving nutrition, awarding more than $4.5 million in grants to-date. In Phase II, the program will add an additional focus area, addressing the mental health and well-being of children. Non-profits working to improve childhood hunger can still apply as well.
The Cigna Foundation is looking to partner with school systems and surrounding communities, including clinicians, local, and national non-profits, to supplement existing programming for children to help close gaps both within and outside the school environment. Programming requirements should include: Food insecurity, hunger or nutrition education programs; mental health programs with a focus on loneliness, anxiety, depression and suicide prevention; grants will be considered for school-based or non-school-based programming, and summertime programs. In some instances, multi-year requests will be considered.
Cigna Foundation, established in 1962, is a private foundation funded by contributions from Cigna Corporation and its subsidiaries. Cigna Foundation supports organizations sharing its commitment to enhancing the health of individuals and families, and the well-being of their communities, with a special focus on those communities where Cigna employees live and work.
This was reported by Cigna on June 15, 2020.