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Community Partners Grant (CPG)

Grants to Illinois Nonprofits to Improve Health
Care Systems in Underserved Communities

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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 for innovative programs to improve health systems in underserved communities throughout the state. Letters of intent are due by February 2. The Foundation invites proposals from local organizations that understand the health needs of their constituents.

Grantees will implement strategies to improve health system conditions so as 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#: 153269

Estimated Size of Grant:

The award range for CPG grants is $20,000 - $100,000. Program requests should stay within this range to be considered for BCBSIL funding.

Term of Contract:

Funding is for one year only and commences July 1, 2018 for 12 months. Funding ends June 30, 2019.

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:
-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:

BCBSIL grant application is a two-step application process that begins with a Letter of Intent (LOI). Organizations interested in submitting a proposal for a grant must first submit a 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.

The FY19 grant application process begins January 15, 2018 and will follow the timeline below.

-January 15: Letter of Intent opens
-February 2: LOI closes
-Week of March 12: All LOI applicants notified; invitation-only full application opens
-April 6: Full application closes
-Mid-June: Applicants notified of funding decisions
-July 1: Funding begins (all grants are 1 year, funding ends June 30, 2019)

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois