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Grants to North Dakota Health Organizations to Improve the Health and Well-Being of Residents


Geographic Focus

USA: North Dakota

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) Caring Foundation Building Healthier Rural Community (BUILD) Grants Program

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) Caring Foundation and University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine and Health Sciences - Center for Rural Health (CRH)

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #149104

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $7,500 to North Dakota health organizations serving eligible regions for activities to improve the health and well-being of residents. The purpose of the grant program is to support a wide range of activities that promote health equity and provide solutions to address the social determinants of health. Organizations must benefit rural residents of the state.

The purpose of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) Caring Foundation Building Healthier Rural Community BUILD Grants program is to focus on transforming the health and well-being of rural North Dakotans and address the social determinants of health (SDOH) needs affecting its communities so we can build a better future of equity and full potential for all.

The program targets the following primary focus area(s):

  • Economic stability
  • Education access and quality
  • Healthcare access and quality
  • Neighborhood and built environment
  • Social and community context

SDOH are the conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks.

SDOH have a major impact on people’s health, well-being, and quality of life. Examples of SDOH include:

  • Safe housing, transportation, and neighborhoods
  • Behavioral and mental health services and supports
  • Racism, discrimination, and violence
  • Education, job opportunities, and income
  • Access to nutritious foods and physical activity opportunities
  • Language and literacy skills

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:


A. For purposes of implementing the activities described in the proposal, single healthcare entities or a network (informal/formal) can involve a variety of organizations, but not necessarily limited to, the following: hospitals, clinics, nursing facilities, public health units, mental health facilities, dental clinics, tribal health facilities, home health agencies, pharmacies, EMS units, and other appropriate health organizations.

B. The lead applicant on the proposal must be a provider (a provider is defined as a health care facility – hospital, clinic, public health unit, etc.). An individual person may not be the lead applicant, it must be a business.

C. Both established and/or new partnerships/networks are strongly encouraged.

D. The applicant may form a network with organizations that are public or private, for-profit or nonprofit.

E. Preference will be given to rural areas in North Dakota. The vast majority of the grant funds must be expended either in a rural area or in a manner that has direct impact on the rural service area.

F. Grant awards will be made to one organization (the applicant). The applicant represents either itself in a solo proposal or an entire partnership under a network proposal. That organization must be capable of receiving and administering grant funds. (If the proposal involves a network, the applicant is responsible for distributing any funds to the partners listed for their areas of responsibility.)

Funds cannot be used for independent projects sponsored by individual members.

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
- December 2, 2022: Proposals must be submitted via online submission by 5:00 pm Central
- December 21, 2022: Notification of awards
- January 1, 2023: Funding period begins
- June 1, 2023: Interim report due
- December 31, 2023: Project must be completed and funds expended. Final report and invoice must be submitted.

Applicants may include more than one activity or program in their proposal.

A direct financial match on the part of the applicant is not required. However, cost participation (e.g. in-kind, physical space, etc.) is strongly encouraged. Please provide details.

Funds will be awarded to grantees on a cost reimbursement basis.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

It is anticipated that 6-8 grants will be awarded

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will be awarded in the amounts of $5,000 to $7,500.

Term of Contract:

Funding Period (January 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023)

Contact Information:

Apply online:

If you have any question, contact Holly Long at or (701) 213-9985.

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