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New Horizons Grant Program

Grants to Louisiana Nonprofits for Innovative Pilot
Programs to Improve Residents' Health and Wellbeing

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation

Deadline Date:

12/01/18 4:30 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Louisiana nonprofits for innovative first-year pilot programs that improve the health of local residents. Funding is intended to support and encourage research-based and scientific approaches that will identify and challenge the status quo with new ideas.

The goal of these grants is to find exciting, emerging ideas and social startups that have the potential to disrupt negative trends in health, education and other issues that directly impact quality of life for Louisianians. A successful New Horizons project may make changes in policies, norms practices and social supports; it may also be a new pilot intervention, plan or approach to solving an existing issue.

The New Horizons grant program is for new, experimental ideas. Grants are given to promote innovation by funding brand new pilot projects through their first year.

You should apply for a New Horizons grant if:

- You have a narrow, specific problem you’re trying to solve.
- You are presenting a new and innovative approach to solving that issue.

All New Horizons applicants must:

- Explain how your proposal is a new, innovative approach to solving the problem you have identified above.
- Explain how you are substantially revising or altering an existing best practice, such that your proposal represents a new approach.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178177

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum amount awarded per grant will be $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants support projects that take less than one year to complete.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Must be designated a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization by the IRS: Nonprofit organizations working for charitable, religious, scientific, literary and other organizations under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).
- Must 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. Find more information here:
- Organizations must be based in Louisiana and working for the welfare of Louisianians.

The Foundation does not make grants to the following under any circumstances:

- 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
- Capital projects or campaigns
- 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
- Existing programs or ongoing organizational support
- Existing best practices support
- Replicating or expanding a program or approach that already exists

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines: 4:30 PM on March 15, June 15, September 15, December 15.

Applications are made through a Letter of Inquiry, submitted online.

Formal applications must be completed within two weeks after receiving an invitation to apply.

Eligibility Requirements:

Contact Information:

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

Submit the LOI online:

For assistance submitting a Letter of Inquiry, email:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Louisiana