Elevance Health Foundation Exceeds $30 Million Milestone With Substance Use Disorder Programs Through Third Phase of Grants

The Foundation’s third round of grants to advance equity in mental health – particularly for people with substance use disorders – brings three-year award total to more than $33.7 million

INDIANAPOLIS--()--Elevance Health Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Elevance Health, today announces the expansion of its substance use disorder (SUD) grants through an additional $13.1 million in awards across 35 nonprofit organizations. Each program will address substance use disorder, focusing on improving access to care, quality of treatment, and youth prevention and early intervention. This third phase of grants is part of the three-year, $30 million commitment the Foundation made to invest in the mental health and well-being in our communities, particularly with individuals who have a substance use disorder. Through this latest investment, the Foundation has awarded more than $33.7 million to SUD programs.

Substance use disorders affect a significant number of Americans; in 2022, 48.7 million people aged 12 or older reported having a substance use disorder within the past year, more than a 20% increase from 2020. These figures are one of the many reasons why the Foundation has made a commitment to advancing health equity for those with a substance use disorder. To date, the Foundation’s SUD grantees have reached nearly 350,000 individuals with treatment-related programs. Of the grants that are reporting early clinical outcomes, 61% of individuals who need alcohol and/or other dependence treatments are receiving it.

“In 2021, the Elevance Health Foundation made substance use disorder a key area of focus, along with maternal health and food as medicine. With a goal of investing up to $30 million in each focus area – bringing the overall commitment to $90 million over a three-year period – the Foundation and its SUD partners have made significant changes when it comes to advancing health equity and strengthening our communities,” said Shantanu Agrawal, M.D., Chief Health Officer at Elevance Health. “This third phase of SUD grantees will support an array of care and service options, including prevention, early intervention, recovery, and more.”

From national grants like Shatterproof – which recently announced the launch of its innovative educational curriculum to address addiction stigma among healthcare professionals – to local grassroot efforts to improve equity and access to treatment, the Foundation’s partnerships are making a meaningful difference in communities across the country.

The following organizations will receive $13.1 million in grants to implement their programs over the next three years:

  • A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project
  • Alvis
  • Ascensa Health Inc.
  • Camillus House
  • Care for the Homeless
  • CDC Foundation
  • Cincinnati Union Bethel
  • Community Healthcare Network
  • Compdrug
  • Easter Seals New Hampshire
  • Felton Institute
  • Florida State University Research Foundation
  • Frannie Peabody Center
  • Gateway Center 24/7 Inc.
  • Glide Foundation
  • Governors Partnership to Protect Connecticut’s Workforce
  • LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland
  • McShin Foundation
  • Mental Health Leadership Initiative
  • New Directions for Women Foundation
  • No Longer Bound Inc.
  • Northside Center for Child Development
  • Odyssey Foundation of New York
  • Open Table Inc.
  • Parents as Teachers National Center
  • Real Life
  • Ritter Center
  • Shelterhouse Volunteer Group
  • Sostento Inc.
  • Staten Island Performing Provider System
  • Sunset Park Health Council
  • The Salvation Army: Western Territory
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Foundation
  • Women’s Empowerment

For more information about the Elevance Health Foundation, please visit elevancehealth.foundation/for-grantseekers.


Elevance Health Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Elevance Health Inc. The Foundation works to advance health equity by focusing on improving the health of the socially vulnerable through partnerships and programs in our communities with an emphasis on maternal child health; substance use disorder; and food as medicine. Through its key areas of focus, the Foundation also strategically aligns with Elevance Health’s focus on community health and becoming a lifetime, trusted health partner that is fueled by its purpose to improve the health of humanity. To learn more about Elevance Health Foundation, please visit www.elevancehealth.foundation or follow us @ElevanceFND on X and Elevance Health Foundation on Facebook.


Vanessa Stepanek
Elevance Health Foundation


Vanessa Stepanek
Elevance Health Foundation