Corporate Headquarters Community Relations Program

The Humana Foundation is committed to our headquarters city, Louisville, KY. While we are increasing our financial support of local opportunities that address social determinants of health (the conditions under which people are born, grow, live, work and age that impact overall health and well-being), we also believe there are important causes we should support to strengthen our hometown.

For this opportunity, the Humana Foundation looks to support eligible Louisville organizations with resources that represent all forms of philanthropic capital, including funding, leadership, business area expertise, and employee involvement. This combined level of support will allow both Humana and the Humana Foundation to provide opportunities for the growth and development of local nonprofits on both a programmatic and organizational level.

Grant program details

With this new Community Relations initiative in the Louisville area, the Humana Foundation has an opportunity to support organizations doing great work that aligns with Humana’s four dimensions of well-being: health, purpose, belonging and security. Additionally, the organizations that receive these grants will be those with proposals that improve the quality of life in this area, as well as quality of place proposals that make the metropolitan Louisville area a more appealing place to live.

Regarding “quality of life” proposals, these should align with Humana’s well-being pillars of health and/or security – with a particular focus on critical safety-net services or those that address the basic needs of:

  • Food security
  • Shelter
  • Personal safety
  • Health care services

“Quality of place” proposals, should align with Humana’s well-being pillars of purpose and/or belonging – with a particular focus on initiatives that make the Louisville area a more appealing place to live. These initiatives should focus on:

  • Built and natural environments (e.g. parks/neighborhoods/air quality)
  • Arts and culture
  • Inclusion and diversity
  • Greater access for all of the region’s citizens to fully engage and participate in the many services and opportunities our city has to offer

Grants in this program will be offered at the following levels:

  • $25,000
  • $50,000
  • $100,000

Grant program timeline

Applications for the Community Relations Grant Program may be completed online between Monday, August 6 through Friday, August 24, 2018.

The Humana Foundation expects to announce the recipients of the grants in early November.

Grant program selection criteria

As the Humana Foundation works to select the Community Relations grant recipients, it will consider several criteria, including:

  • Strong alignment to focus areas: quality of life and quality of place
  • Strong alignment to Humana values: Inspire Health; Cultivate Uniqueness; Pioneer Simplicity; Rethink Routine; Thrive Together
  • 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 community and among community organizations
  • Broader impacts for participant and community

Skills-based Volunteerism

Building on 2017 when Humana employees reported volunteering 108,000 hours in the Louisville area, Humana and the Humana Foundation will incorporate a significant new skills-based volunteerism component into the Community Relations Program.

This will result in more Humana employees in Louisville putting their strongest business skills to work for area nonprofits to increase capacity, access, and sustainability. This program will ramp up over the remainder of 2018, and begin in 2019.