About New Horizons Grants

New Horizons Grants support innovative approaches that either solve or more effectively address existing issues related to health or community well-being.

A New Horizons Grant project could include, but is not limited to:

  • Creating a resource that doesn’t currently exist;
  • Creating and/or piloting a service that doesn’t currently exist;
  • Taking an existing resource or service that isn’t currently effective and implementing it in a new way or field; or
  • Conducting research that has not been conducted to date.

Grant Details

  • Amount – Up to $25,000
  • Length – One year
  • # of Payments – One payment
  • Matched funds required? – No
  • Eligible Organizations – Louisiana-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations
  • How to Apply – Fill out the online Letter of Intent form
  • Letter of Intent Deadlines – March 1, June 1, Sept. 1 and Dec. 1

About New Horizons

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation recognizes the need to foster innovation as means of improving health and wellbeing in Louisiana. Through this program, we hope to encourage a research-based and scientific approach to philanthropy through testing ideas and seeing what works. The first step in that process is challenging the status quo with new ideas.

Our goal 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.

  • Purpose – Grants help pilot innovative, proof of concept projects aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of Louisianians
  • Amount – Grants up to $10,000 are made in support of projects that take less than one year to complete
  • Eligibility – Only Louisiana-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations may apply
  • Applying – Letters of Intent must be submitted online at bcbslafoundation.org on or before the below deadlines
  • Letter of Intent Deadlines – March 15, June 15, September 15, December 15