Essential to Wellness

Building healthy communities where our employees live and work. 


We appreciate the work of our community partners to impact health and wellness and for many years we have provided financial support to continue this great work. In 2016, the Cardinal Health Foundation committed over $250,000 to support community programs that improve health and wellness in communities where a large number of our employees live and work. Grants ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 were awarded to nearly 50 non-profit organizations. In 2017, we anticipate similar commitments to our community and will fund grants up to $10,000. We look forward to working more closely with our non-profit partners on initiatives that help create healthy and vibrant communities.

We are now accepting applications for the 2017 Essential to Wellness Grant Program!

The 2017 Essential to Wellness Grant Program will focus funding in Little Rock, Arkansas; Lake County, Illinois; Radcliff, Kentucky; Twinsburg, Ohio; Milpitas, California, and Puerto Rico. We focus on these geographic areas because we have large groups of employees that live and work in these regions.  We believe health and wellness is a key to the success of our employees and we want to make their communities healthy too.

We are seeking proposals that include the following criteria in 2017:

  • Strive to break down barriers that contribute to disparities in health outcomes that persist for low-income individuals, communities of color, LGBTQ people, and other vulnerable populations so that everyone will have fair and equal opportunities to achieve good health.
  • Address the needs of our aging population and their caregivers.
  • Programs that focus on early years of life when children’s health habits are formed and engage the entire family unit in healthy lifestyles.
  • Preventative health initiatives that encourage healthy eating and active living through access to healthy food and activity. 

All proposals are due by February 10, 2017 (11:59pm EST) and must be submitted by electronic application. 


Cardinal Health Essential to Wellness Grant Application

Applications are due by February 10, 2017

The request for proposal (RFP) with specific criteria are found in the PDF on the right side of this page. All applicants will upload responses to the RFP as part of their application.

Please contact the Cardinal Health Foundation at with any questions.

Learn more

ETW Request for Proposal Guidelines and Instructions

52KB – PDF

ETW Grant Program Budget Template

68KB – XLS

2016 Recipients of Essential to Wellness Grants

43KB – PDF