The Humana Foundation recently announced the details of its 2020 Community Partners Program. Through this initiative, The Humana Foundation will award $2.2 million to Louisville, KY-area organizations working to make the city a more appealing place for all. The 2020 Community Partners Program will take a two-pronged approach to creating greater health equity in Louisville. Local organizations may apply for awards ranging from $25,000 to a maximum of $100,000. A portion of available Community Partners Program funds will support local organizations with continuing Humana and Humana Foundation relationships.
Applications must be submitted by February 21, 2020, with award recipients announced in late May. Special consideration will be given for collaborative proposals among non-profits, grassroots organizations, and other sectors with joint applications. Grants will be for $100,000, $50,000, or $25,000, with collaborators sharing funds they receive.
As The Humana Foundation will use the following criteria to select recipients: Strong alignment to focus areas, including nutrition and food security, shelter, personal safety, health care services, built and natural environment, arts and culture, and education and early childhood development. The Foundation also will consider strong alignment to Humana values; focus on inclusion, diversity, and equity; data-based evidence of past success; focus on building sustainable solutions for program and participants; broad reach in terms of people impacted; collaboration across communities; and broader impacts for participants and community.
Special consideration will be given to those applications that propose collaborative initiatives from diverse and inclusive organizations that address the underlying factors that impact health equity; and that propose initiatives with a strong focus on inclusion, diversity, equity and belonging, breaking down barriers that keep all Louisville citizens from engaging the many services and opportunities the city has to offer. This includes working to make individuals in marginalized populations feel more included, connected, and welcome in the community. Initiatives taking place in the following counties in the Louisville-area will be considered: Kentucky: Bullitt; Hardin; Henry; Jefferson; Nelson; Oldham; Shelby; Spencer; Washington; and Indiana: Clark; Floyd; Harrison.
The 2020 Community Partners Program features an expanded emphasis on skills-based volunteerism programs for Humana employees in the Louisville area. Humana employees reported more than 77,000 volunteer hours in Kentucky from January through November 2019. The 2020 Community Partners Program will build on this and make it easy for Humana employees to put their strongest business skills to work for areas non-profits, increasing their capacity, access, and sustainability.
Founded in 1981, The Humana Foundation focuses on addressing the social determinants of health by aiming to promote more healthy days and encourage greater health equity. In 2018, the Foundation invested more than $14.5 million in more than 30 organizations nationwide.
This was reported by the Humana Foundation on January 14, 2020.