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Grant Programs

Since 2009, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation has invested over $30 million in Louisiana’s health and well-being. We currently fund programs through three grant programs. You’ll find information on each program below, as well as instructions on how to apply.

Before applying for our grant programs, please double check that your organization is eligible. 

 

Take a look at our grantmaking Areas of Interest

 

New Horizons Grant Program

  • 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

 

DOWNLOAD THE FULL NEW HORIZONS GRANT PROGRAM RFP

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation invites applicants to submit Letters of Intent for its New Horizons grant program.

The 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.

 

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Read this before you apply for a New Horizons grant:

 

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; AND
  • You are presenting a new and innovative approach to solving that issue.

 

– All New Horizons applications must:

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

 

– We do not fund New Horizons proposals for the following:

  • Existing programs or ongoing organizational support
  • Existing best practices support
  • Replicating or expanding a program or approach that already exists.

 

Due to the overwhelming amount of applications, we are not able to evaluate or provide feedback for New Horizons grant Letters of Intent that do not meet the above criteria.

Submit a Letter of Intent Online

 

Special Projects Grant Program

  • Purpose – Grants are intended to help expand or complete projects previously funded by the Foundation – further improving the health and wellbeing of Louisianians
  • Eligibility – As of August 2017, Special Projects applications are now eligible by invitation only. If you would like to submit a potential project idea for consideration, please submit a one-page outline of the project to BCBSLAFoundation@bcbsla.com on or ideally before the below deadlines. While proposals may be reviewed on a rolling basis, all submitted ideas will be reviewed and responded to immediately after the September and March deadlines. Organizations with projects that fit the grant purposes will be invited to submit a full application.
  • Deadlines to Submit Project Ideas – September 15 and March 15

Collective Impact Grant Program

  • Purpose – Collective Impact grants are made to community coalitions working together to address major public health concerns
  • Amount – Grants range from $250,000 to $1 million over an average of three years
  • Matching – Collective Impact grants require a minimum one-to-one match (may come from multiple sources; up to one-half may be in-kind)
  • Applying – Letters of Intent must be submitted online at bcbslafoundation.org on or before the below deadlines
  • Letter of Intent Deadlines – June 15 and December 15

Download the Collective Impact Grant overview

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Louisianians. Serious health issues in Louisiana disproportionately impact the economic vitality, educational attainment and quality of life in the state and in communities.

Following the success of our first collective impact grant program – Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana – we know that grassroots coalitions are the key to making long-term changes in the trends of Louisiana’s overall health. That’s why we’re challenging communities across Louisiana to build effective teams to tackle their most pressing health and quality of life problems.

Each community’s top challenges are different, and Collective Impact grant proposals may cover a wide range of issues in healthcare. In some places, addressing obesity, heart disease or diabetes may be the most pressing need in community health.

In others, greater challenges may lie in mental health or disparities in access, quality or cost.

Collective Impact grants will help Louisiana communities reshape their environments to support healthy living and improve wellbeing for all.

Submit a Letter of Intent Online

2016 Grants Programs Webinar

On June 8, 2016, we hosted a live webinar rolling out our new grant programs.

Stream the online meeting

BCBSLA Foundation – June 8 Grant Webinar Deck

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