BlueShield Opens 2019 Blue Fund Grant Cycle
In 2018, Blue Fund Awarded $327,000 to Capital District Organizations
Latham, NY — BlueShield of Northeastern New York’s Blue Fund is accepting letters of intent online through Feb. 4, 2019 for grants to organizations and initiatives that align with at least one of its key focus areas.
These include behavioral health, cardiovascular health, diabetes, health-care workforce development, healthy children and the opioid epidemic.
Submitting a letter of intent is a required first step in the grant-making process. Selected applicants will then be invited to submit a full proposal.
Blue Fund will consider $100,000 to $250,000 grant requests from Capital District not-for-profit organizations for initiatives that are ready to implement and demonstrate enhanced and measurable community outcomes.
Applicants should demonstrate how the grant will deepen and broaden current work by supporting expansion or creation of a program, based on the success of earlier work or evidence-based best practices.
The not-for-profit health plan launched the Blue Fund in July 2018, and awarded $327,174 to two local organizations in November 2018 in its first round of grants. Those grants were awarded in addition to the health plan’s current corporate partnerships and sponsorships.
To learn more about Blue Fund and to submit a letter of intent for the 2019 grant cycle, visit bsneny.com/bluefund.
Funding decisions will be announced in Fall 2019.
About BlueShield of Northeastern New York
BlueShield of Northeastern New York is a division of HealthNow New York Inc., an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. Since 1946, BlueShield has helped millions of people lead healthier lives. BlueShield offers a full range of insured, self-insured, and government programs and services covering businesses, families, and individuals, as well as life and disability coverage, dental and vision plans and stop-loss coverage. As a community-based, not-for-profit health plan, BlueShield contributes significantly to organizations that promote physical health, community health and our region’s health.
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About Blue Fund
Blue Fund, funded solely by BlueShield of Northeastern New York, awards major grants in the Capital Region, totaling approximately $100,000 to $300,000 annually, to organizations and initiatives that have a positive impact on key health areas and will demonstrate enhanced measurable outcomes for community health metrics. These include behavioral health, cardiovascular health, diabetes, health care workforce development, healthy children and the opioid epidemic. Blue Fund complements BlueShield's current corporate giving program of partnerships and sponsorships which saw community investments of more than $250,000 in Northeastern New York in 2017.