Foundation / Corporation
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation
08/31/18 4:30 PM CST
Grants to Louisiana nonprofit community coalitions working to address significant public health concerns. These challenges may differ for each community, and grant proposals may cover a wide range of healthcare issues. In some communities, addressing heart disease, obesity, or diabetes may be the most pressing need in community health. In others, greater challenges may lie in mental health or disparities in access, quality or cost.
Collective Impact grants will help Louisiana communities reshape their environments to support healthy living, and improve wellbeing for all.
Grantmaking Areas of Interest:
- Healthy Eating: Programs that increase access to, knowledge about and use of healthy food and healthy eating
- Physical Activity: Programs that increase access to, knowledge about and engagement with daily, natural physical activity; Incentive and reward-based programs (virtuous cycles)
- Community health: Community Level commitments to tackling health and quality of life issues
- Early Childhood Intervention: Early childhood interventions that help set children, particularly low-income and high-needs children, on a good path educationally, socially-emotionally, health-wise etc.
- School-Based Health: Having schools or educational institutions make improving health outcomes a top priority
- Family Stability: Programs that support stronger families and family units, providing particularly for low-income kids stability and support
The ideal Collective Impact grant project will identify a pressing issue in community health and tackle the root causes of that issue through changes in policies, norms, practices, social supports and the physical environment. Projects should have and incorporate:
- A comprehensive plan outlining the health need in the community, and a demonstrated link between that need and the proposed project
- Multiple collaborators who make up a coalition capable of achieving the project’s aims and sustaining the effort/ programs after the grant period
- A proposal based in research and best-practice models
- A research component looking at the short-, medium- and long-term effectiveness of the project
- An initial matching contribution as well as plans for sustaining the project after the grant period ends
Blue Cross Blue Shield gives preference to projects pursuing innovative ideas, as well as projects that reach new and diverse communities. The ideal project will naturally reflect and communicate the values and impact of the Foundation.
The ideal Collective Impact project is:
- Based on a clear challenge to a community’s health
- Backed by theory or research
- Comprehensive and systemic, addressing root challenges of public health issues
- Properly staffed by an organization with capacity to complete the project, and backed by a community coalition substantial enough to achieve desired outcomes
- Scalable and, if successful, able to replicated in other places
GrantWatch ID#: 178176
Grants range from $250,000 to $1 million.
Grants are awarded over three years (full awards will be made in one-third increments per each year of the project upon meeting annual performance benchmarks).
All organizations applying for grants or sponsorships must:
- Be designated a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by the IRS. The Foundation only gives to nonprofit organizations working for charitable, religious, scientific, literary and other organizations under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).
- Be registered “in good standing” with the Louisiana Secretary of State. All organizations must be up-to-date on their filings with the Louisiana Secretary of State. You can find more information here: http://www.sos.la.gov/
- Be domiciled in Louisiana. The Foundation only makes gifts to organizations who are based in Louisiana and working for the welfare of Louisiana residents.
In addition, neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana or its Foundation makes grants or sponsorships to the following under any circumstances:
- Providers in any Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, HMO or other affiliate networks – per state and federal regulations
- Programs or events outside of Louisiana
- Organizations that are not tax-exempt
- Political campaigns, candidates, parties or partisan activities
- Sectarian, denominational or religious organizations for support of theological functions
- Athletes or athletic teams
- Beauty pageants
- Direct funding of labor, fraternal or veterans’ organizations
- Students raising funds for travel to an out-of-state competition
- Parent-teacher organizations
- Organizations that are in direct competition with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
- Organizations or causes that do not complement our goals for corporate social responsibility
- Providers on contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Click on the links in the Supporting Documents section below to download the Program Overview as well as the Foundation's overall areas of interest.
Applications are made through a Letter of Inquiry, submitted online.
Deadlines – 4:30p.m. CST on March 1 and September 1; If the 1st falls on a weekend or holiday Letters of Intent will be accepted through the deadline, but staff will not be in the office to answer questions. In this case, the Foundation recommends submitting your Letter of Intent no later than 4:00 pm CST on the last work day preceding the deadline.
Matching Requirements: Collective Impact grants require a minimum one-to-one match (may come from multiple sources; up to one-half may be in-kind).
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
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If you have questions or would like to meet with a staff member from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, call 225-298-7979 or email BCBSLAFoundation@bcbsla.com.