The Cigna Foundation has announced the open call for applications for its Healthier Kids For Our Future® grant program, part of a five-year, $25 million global initiative focused on improving the health and well-being of children.
In 2021, the program will award an additional $5 million in grants to continue to support schools, nonprofits and community organizations focused on addressing food insecurity and the mental health and emotional well-being of children, with emphasis on loneliness, anxiety, depression and suicide prevention.
"Our studies show that children are among the most resilient in our communities, but this year has presented challenges and uncertainty on a much larger scale due to the pandemic and other factors," said Susan Stith, executive director, Cigna Foundation. "We know the best way to reach these families is by working with the schools and community organizations that serve them every day. We are so proud of the work we've accomplished with our nonprofit partners to date, and look forward to making an even greater impact in 2021."
Since its launch in 2019, Healthier Kids For Our Future® has awarded over $8 million in grants to nonprofit organizations working to reduce childhood hunger and improve mental health in our country's youth. This program furthers Cigna's commitment to addressing social determinants of health and eliminating barriers to care for all communities as part of its Building Equity and Equality Program.