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Health and Education Disparities/Collective Impact Grants

Grants to Louisiana Nonprofits for the Child Development,
Health, and Education of Local African American Children

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation

Deadline Date:

08/31/18 4:30 PM CST


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Matching grants to Louisiana nonprofit organizations for community-based educational, health, or socio-economic programs to benefit children that are the most affected by systemic inequity. Specifically, funding is intended for programs to assist local African American children, particularly those children living in single-parent households, low-income, or geographically isolated community.

Project components should be tailored to an applicant community’s needs, and be driven by evidence and best practices. The complexity of closing gaps for the state’s children calls for not only outcome-based activities in health, education and childhood development, but also concurrent activities to address issues of structural inequity head on.

Applicants may want to consider the following project ideas:

- Pre-natal and early childhood health supports and efforts
- Parental and community supports related to childhood development, parenting and children’s health
- High-quality early childhood care and education programs, both increasing access to and improving on existing programs
- Creating, updating and sustaining safe and healthy neighborhoods, facilities and programs
- Mentoring and other similar programs that help individuals or families navigate complex health, education and childhood development
- Support the development of organizations, programs and efforts that address the myriad socio-economic issues impacting children and their families, along with race-based disparities in access to care

Please note that the above list is illustrative, but in no way comprehensive.

To accomplish this work, the ideal project will include each of the following components in its project design:
- Comprehensive Analysis and a Proven Logic Model
- Multiple Collaborators
- Participatory Design and Community Representation and Inclusion

Please see the RFP in Supporting Documents for further details of each component.

Blue Cross Foundation staff will evaluate full proposals based on a number of criteria with assistance from a panel of experts. 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#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183143

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $250,000 to $1 million over three years (full awards will be made in one-third increments per each year of the project upon meeting annual performance benchmarks). Grants require a 1:1 match.

Term of Contract:

Funding is distributed over three years and funding is contingent on annual evaluations.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All organizations applying for grants or sponsorships must:

- Be designated a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by the IRS. Grants are made only 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:
- Be domiciled in Louisiana. Grants are only made to organizations who are based in Louisiana and working for the welfare of Louisianians.

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

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 4:30 PM CST on March 1 and September 1. If the 1st falls on a weekend or holiday, LOIs are accepted through the deadline, but there will be no staff in the office to answer questions. In this case, it is recommended to submit the LOI no later than 4:00 PM CST on the last work day preceding the deadline.

Please note that Collective Impact grants require a minimum one-to-one match (may come from multiple sources; up to one-half may be in-kind).


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:

Telephone: 225-298-7979

Physical Address - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Corporate Headquarters:
5525 Reitz Ave.
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

BCBSLA Foundation
P.O. Box 98022
Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9022

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Louisiana