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Community Investment Grants

Grants to Illinois Nonprofits for Programs to Improve Health
Services and the Health and Wellness of Children and Families

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Foundation / Corporation

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL)

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Grants starting at $20,000 to Illinois nonprofit organizations to improve local health systems and promote the wellness of children and families within the state. Letters of Intent are required prior to submission of a full application. The Funding source awards grants through two different funding streams: Healthy Kids, Healthy Families and Community Partners Grants.

Non-profit organizations may apply through either (but not both) funding stream. Funding is competitive, so organizations should assess alignment with each stream’s funding priorities to determine which grant category best aligns with program objectives.

Healthy Kids, Healthy Families:
Healthy Kids, Healthy Families (HKHF) grants focus on promoting the health and wellness of families and communities, spanning all ages, from children to seniors. Studies show that family and community support can positively impact one’s physical and emotional well-being and reinforce healthy behaviors that maintain good health. The Foundation is interested in programs that successfully engage people in adopting healthy behaviors across one or more of the following areas:
- Nutrition
- Physical activity
- Disease prevention and management
- Safe environments

Community Partners Grant:
Community Partners Grants (CPG) support innovative programs dedicated to improving health system objectives in divested communities in Illinois. Needs that emerge in communities are diverse; therefore, the Foundation is interested in how well local organizations understand the health needs of its constituents and develop and implement strategies to improve these conditions to:
- Improve health condition and health insurance literacy
- Increase access to health care
- Enhance care coordination
- Address behavioral and social determinants of health to reduce health disparities

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153267

Estimated Size of Grant:

$20,000 - $100,000

Term of Contract:

Funding is for one year only and commences July 1, 2019 for 12 months. There is not automatic renewal funding for previously funded organizations. Organizations must submit new proposals each year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All organizations must meet the following criteria to be considered for a grant from BCBSIL:
-Services provided in the state of Illinois
-Incorporated as a not-for-profit organization and has been delivering services for at least 1 year at the time of application submission
-Established as a 501(c)3 and in compliance with federal and state regulations and requirements
-Operates under a non-discrimination policy
-Governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors in which Board members are not compensated for service

Not Funded:
Under its granting process, BCBSIL can only fund 501(c)(3) organizations serving Illinois. BCBSIL also does not
provide grants to:
-Organizations that do not meet basic eligibility criteria
-Organizations that discriminate based on race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status
-Grants to individuals
-Programs that are exclusively arts and culture
-Political campaigns or exclusively religious activities
-Government agencies
-Capital campaigns

Pre-Application Information:

Organizations interested in submitting a proposal for a grant must first submit an LOI. After the LOI review, if your request meets BCBSIL’s funding interests and criteria, your organization will be invited to submit a full proposal. Full application proposals will be by invitation only; the Foundation will not accept unsolicited full grant applications.

- January 21: Letter of Intent opens
- February 8: LOI closes
- Week of March 18: All LOI applicants notified; invitation-only full application opens
- April 12: Full application closes
- Mid-June: Applicants notified of funding decisions
- July 1: Funding begins (all grants are 1 year, funding ends June 30, 2020)

Only one LOI may be submitted per organization. The Foundation will not accept multiple LOIs for multiple programs from one organization.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit a Letter of Intent Online:

Katie Cangemi

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
300 East Randolph Street
Chicago, Illinois 60601-5099

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois