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Grants to Arkansas Nonprofits, Agencies, Hospitals,
and Schools to Improve the Health of Local Residents

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Blue and You Foundation

Deadline Date:

07/16/18 Midnight


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Grants starting at $5,000 to Arkansas nonprofit organizations, government agencies, public schools, hospitals, and churches to improve the health of all state residents. Priority funding is intended for projects in the areas of healthcare delivery, healthcare economics, and healthcare policy. The Foundation supports community-based solutions that ensure that Arkansas citizens have access to useful health information and healthcare services so they may lead healthier lives.

To achieve the goal of better health for all Arkansans, the Blue & You Foundation seeks to harness the power of partnership. By strategically focusing its grant funding on community-based solutions, the Foundation hopes to nurture community health leadership, foster collaboration and innovation, and leverage financial, human and community resources to produce a measurable, positive impact.

The Foundation believes in giving back to the community, in helping the underserved and the less fortunate, in exercising corporate social responsibility and encouraging it in others, and in the power of caring and collaboration to improve the quality of life for all Arkansans.

Projects must demonstrate strong community, regional or statewide support, such as co-funding by other community, regional, or statewide organizations or groups. Projects should also demonstrate operational and financial viability that will survive and continue after funding from the Foundation ends.

Criteria used in evaluating grant applications include:
-Relevance to Blue & You Foundation priorities
-Project design and feasibility
-Documentation of need
-Evidence of broad-based community involvement
-Innovativeness/learning opportunity
-Portability (usefulness in other locales)
-Leveraging potential

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180918

Estimated Size of Grant:

$5,000 - $150,000

Term of Contract:

The grant period for a regular Foundation grant is normally the calendar year, running from January 1 to December 31.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Organizations:

-Must be an Arkansas-based organization or governmental agency (or if the applying organization is located outside of Arkansas, the project to be funded must specifically benefit Arkansans);

-Any 501(c)(3) public charity, public school, governmental agency or nonprofit hospital in Arkansas is eligible to apply. Churches are eligible, but their health improvement program must reach beyond its own congregation. Grants are not made to individuals.

-Cannot be a private foundation under IRC § 509(a)

-Primary grantee cannot have a contractual relationship with Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, its subsidiaries or affiliates.

A "contractual relationship" is defined as an arrangement whereby an organization has a contract to provide a service or product to the corporate entities of Arkansas Blue Cross, its subsidiaries or affiliates (in the nature of a "vendor" relationship). Such a relationship would make the organization ineligible for a foundation grant.

Organizations whose sole relationship is that of purchasing health insurance for its employees from Arkansas Blue Cross, its subsidiaries or affiliates (in the nature of a "customer" relationship), and do not provide a service or product to these corporate entities, are not considered to have a "contractual relationship" within this definition, and therefore are eligible for grants, if other eligibility criteria are met.

Also, an organization that has a contractual relationship to provide a service or product to individuals or groups that have health insurance through Arkansas Blue Cross, its subsidiaries or affiliates (in the nature of a "provider" relationship), are eligible to receive grants, if other eligibility criteria are met. For example, participating providers (physicians or hospitals) are not considered ineligible simply because they provide a service to individuals insured through Arkansas Blue Cross, its subsidiaries or affiliates.

An exception to the "provider" guideline above involves those several hospitals which have a joint venture contractual relationship with Arkansas Blue Cross, its subsidiaries or affiliates. A grant application from a joint venture hospital would be ineligible. However, a qualifying Foundation of such a joint venture hospital could be eligible to apply for a grant, if other eligibility criteria are met.

In summary, "vendors" are ineligible, but "customers" and "providers" as defined above are generally eligible for grants, if other eligibility criteria are met.

The following circumstances or proposal types may disqualify applicants from receiving a grant from the Foundation:

-Any organization that has received Foundation "regular grant" funding for a specific program for a total of two years is not eligible to reapply for subsequent "regular grant" funding for the same program. The same rule of "no more than two years of funding for the same program" also applies to mini-grants. After two years of funding for the same program, an organization is still eligible to apply for funding of a different health program.

-For churches, the health improvement program must reach beyond its own congregation.

-For organizations not based in Arkansas, the project must specifically benefit residents of Arkansas.

-Grants will not be made to: individuals; fundraising events or celebrations; political or lobbying organizations; fraternal, athletic or social organizations; organizations that do not directly serve Arkansas; religious organizations for religious purposes; capital or endowment of organizations; proposals that are principally for construction of facilities or purchase of large equipment; or for attendance at conferences. In making grants, please note that the Foundation disfavors funding of “indirect costs.” Therefore, when applying, please omit “indirect costs” from your request and budget.

-Because of the availability of funding in Arkansas from the Tobacco Settlement, the Foundation will not fund proposals that are principally tobacco-related.

Pre-Application Information:

Regular grant applications are open from January 1 until midnight on July 16, 2018.

Please note: All regular grant applications are held until after the July 16 deadline, so there is no advantage to applying early.

Eligibility and Criteria:

More information about the Foundation's vision and mission may be found here:


Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:

For questions and inquiries, contact:
Patrick O'Sullivan, Executive Director

Blue & You Foundation
USAble Corporate Center
320 W. Capitol, Suite 200
Little Rock, AR 72201

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arkansas