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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. In the interest of furthering our mission, it is our pleasure to announce three new grant programs available to the public. 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 – New Horizons grants are made to innovative, new projects to improve the health and wellbeing of Louisianians
  • Amount – Grants are up to $10,000 in support of projects that take less than one year to complete
  • Eligibility – Only Louisiana-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations may apply
  • Applying – Applications are made through a Letter of Inquiry, submitted online at
  • Deadlines – 4:30 p.m. on March 15, June 15, September 15, December 15



The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation invites applicants to submit proposals 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.



Read this before you apply for a New Horizons grant:


Our New Horizons grant program is for new, experimental ideas. We have set aside these dollars 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 have thoroughly researched existing methods and best practices for addressing that problem.


– All New Horizons applications must:

  • Explain how your proposal is a new, innovative approach to solving the problem you have identified above; OR
  • 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 support
  • Replicating or expanding a program that already exists somewhere else in your local area


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

Submit a Letter of Intent Online


Special Projects Grant Program

  • Purpose – Special Project grants are made to organizations that are making substantial contributions to improving the health and wellbeing of Louisianians
  • Eligibility – Special project grants are only made to Louisiana-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations with whom the Foundation has a past granting history
  • Amount – Grant awards are up to $100,000 per year
  • Applying – Applications will be made through a Letter of Inquiry, submitted online at
  • Deadlines – 4:30 p.m. on March 15 and September 15


Download the full Special Projects Grant Program RFP

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation is committed to making ongoing investments in the work of partners who have made a demonstrated impact on the health and wellbeing of Louisianans.  That’s why we’re inviting past Foundation grantees to submit applications for Special Project grants. These grants will help our established partners further their important work on behalf of Louisianians in need.

Projects may focus on any number of issues that affect Louisiana’s health and wellbeing, including community health, education and child welfare. We give preference to projects pursuing innovative ideas, as well as projects that reach new and diverse communities. The ideal project will naturally reflect and communicate the values and impact of our Foundation.

Submit a Letter of Intent Online


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 three years (full awards will be made in one-third increments per each year of the project upon meeting annual performance benchmarks)
  • 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 – Applications are made through a Letter of Inquiry, submitted online at
  • Deadlines – 4:30 p.m. on 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 problems.

Each community’s top health 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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Read about past grantees in our blog
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