Please note: Our 2024 application window will open on February 1, 2024

Sun Life’s Health Access Grant Program

 Sun Life’s Health Access grant program (formerly the Team Up Against Diabetes grant program) awards organizations for improving access to health programs focused on diabetes & oral health care efforts in their local communities.

Sun Life is committed to improving access to health services for our communities. We support this work through our two philanthropic focus areas – diabetes and oral health. Oral health is an important part of overall health, and many at-risk communities lack access to preventive services and regular dental care. Diabetes, which often disproportionately impacts underprivileged communities, can lead to severe medical conditions, including cardiovascular and kidney disease. Diabetes and unattended oral health are also often connected. Supporting programs that help your communities access the health services they need, regardless of zip code, fosters healthier, more sustainable communities.

Our Health Access grant program (formerly Team Up Against Diabetes grant program) gives us the opportunity to directly engage with non-profit organizations and support health programs within their communities.

We provide programmatic support to 501(c)(3) charities that focus on the following areas:

  • diabetes prevention, awareness and education
  • diabetes management and care
  • obesity prevention 
  • nutritional programs—education, management, and awareness.
  • recovery support for diabetes-related complications
  • oral health care
  • oral disease prevention & management

Organizations will have the opportunity to select from three grant options: $25,000, $50,000 or $100,000.


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Annual timeline

Please note: Our 2024 application window will open on February 1, 2024

We will accept applications for the Sun Life Health Access grant program each year in accordance with this timeline:

  • February 1 to April 19: Online application portal open
  • April 20 to June 30: National judging panel to review all applications 
  • July: Deadline to notify all organizations of the grant decision

Prior grant recipients

Learn more about previous grant recipients.

Looking to nominate an individual who is helping to improve health access in your community? Check out our Health Access Heroes program here.

Contact information 

If you have any questions pertaining to the grant program, please email us at Please note that we will not accept any applications via email. All applications must be submitted through the online portal.

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