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BlueCross BlueShield Opens 2020 Blue Fund Grant Cycle 

Accepting Requests of Support for Initiatives that Improve Key Community Health Outcomes

March 02, 2020

Buffalo, N.Y. —BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York’s Blue Fund is accepting letters of intent online through March 27, 2020 for grants to organizations and initiatives that align with at least one of its key focus areas. These include behavioral health, cardiovascular health, health-care workforce development and healthy children. 

Submitting a brief letter of intent (LOI) using Blue Fund’s online application system is the required first step in the grant-making process. Selected applicants will then be invited to submit a full proposal, with funding decisions announced in the fall of 2020.

Blue Fund will consider requests for $100,000 to $300,000 grants from not-for-profit organizations in the eight counties of Western New York for initiatives that are ready to implement and demonstrate measurable community outcomes.

Letters of intent should highlight how the proposed capital project or initiative will either expand an existing program or create a new program that supports at least one of the four key focus areas.

Special consideration will be given to initiatives that are evidence-based, demonstrate alignment with current trends and needs, foster innovation and strategic partnerships, and address health equity including access to care and services.

The region’s largest not-for-profit health plan launched the Blue Fund in July 2018, and has since awarded $5.2 million to 21 local non-profits. Blue Fund grants were awarded in addition to the health plan’s current corporate partnerships and sponsorships, which see annual investments of more than $2 million in Western New York charities, community groups and cultural organizations.