Insight Grants

Grant Opportunity: Kaiser Permanente Programs

One of America’s leading health care providers, Kaiser Permanente, offers multiple areas of grant opportunities. Grants are broken down to national and regional sections. National grants are made to programs that serve multiple Kaiser Permanente regions and/or have a national impact on health and policy. Complete details on the national grant program eligibility as well as the program application are available through Kaiser Permanente’s website. Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis throughout the year.

Regional grants are made available near the locations of Kaiser Permanente regional offices. The regions listed are Northern California, Southern California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Mid-Atlantic, and Northwest. From a broad perspective, the organization states that successful grant applicants fit within Kaiser Permanente’s funding priorities with work that examines social determinants of health and/or addresses the elimination of health disparities and inequities. Funding priority areas include community health initiatives, safety net partnerships, care for low-income people, and developing and disseminating knowledge but do differ by region and sub-region, so be sure to consult the region and sub-region relevant to your specific target population’s location.

With the RFP and grantmaking process different for each region, interested applicants within one of the listed regions should visit their regional page. Links to each regions grant section can be found under “Regional Grants” on the grants overview page. Additionally, we have broken out some information below:

Northern California

  • Central Valley (Organizations that meet basic eligibility requirements and seeking an unsolicited grant for a program that fits with current priorities may submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) application at any time.
  • Diablo (Letter of Interest due March 2nd, 2015)
  • East Bay (2015 information hasn’t been announced)
  • Fresno (2015 application dates have passed)
  • Greater Southern Alameda (2015 information hasn’t been announced)
  • Marin/Sonoma (2015 information hasn’t been announced)
  • Napa-Solano (2015 information hasn’t been announced)
  • Roseville (Application due March 23, 2015–mandatory letters of interest were due in early February)
  • Sacramento (Applicants who submitted required letters of intent due earlier in the year will be notified March 5th, 2015 if they are invited to submit a full proposal)
  • San Francisco (Next solicitation is scheduled for Fall 2015)
  • South Bay/San Jose/Santa Clara (Letters of Interest are due February 27th, 2015, Full applications due April 17th, 2015.)
  • San Mateo (Applications due March 13th, 2015)
  • South Sacramento (Applicants who submitted required letters of intent due earlier in the year will be notified March 4th, 2015 if they are invited to submit a full proposal)

Southern California






Grant Opportunity: 2015 Healthy Kids, Healthy Families Grants (IL, MT, NM, OK, TX)

The Health Care Service Corporation is offering Healthy Kids, Healthy Families Grants in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Organizations that share the goal of improving the health and wellness of children and their families through nutrition, physical activity, disease prevention and management, or supporting safe environments, are invited to apply. This is an exciting opportunity for organizations in these 5 states.

To apply, organizations must have a 501(c)(3) designation. If your organization has similar tax-exempt status and is interested in applying, the Foundation states, “Submit your tax status documentation with your funding request and we will review and determine if we are able to consider based upon the documentation you provide.”

There are no specific amounts listed for awards. Applicants should present responsible budgets that can reasonably support the projects proposed.

You can view past winners and projects on the Health Care Service Corporation grants page.

Grants will be accepted during the following periods in each eligible state:

Illinois –March 2 – March 30, 2015

Montana – April 1 – May 31, 2015

New Mexico – August 3 – September 9, 2015

Oklahoma – June 1 – September 11, 2015

Texas – March 16 – April 17, 2015

For more information and to access applications, visit the Health Care Service Corporation grants page.

Grant Opportunity: The Wellmark Foundation (Iowa and South Dakota)

The Wellmark Foundation is offering two grant programs in 2015, Healthy Communities Small Grant Program and Matching Assets To Community Health (MATCH) Grant Program. The program supports nonprofit organizations or community groups in Iowa and South Dakota that develop, implement and enhance local wellness and prevention projects with a focus on long-term sustainability.

Applications for the Healthy Communities Small Grant Program must be received by Monday, February 23rd, 2015. Grants are being offered for projects that address community-based wellness and prevention with a focus on access to nutritious foods and safe places to be active. Applicants may request up to $25,000. For complete details see the Healthy Communities PDF here.

A letter of interest for the MATCH grant program is due by Friday, May 15, 2015. The MATCH grant program supports projects that promote active living and built environments and increase access to and consumption of nutritious foods. Applicants must request up to $75,000 but need to offer matching funds and are encouraged to do so by leveraging local partners and/or sponsors. The most competitive applications will offer a dollar-for-dollar (or greater) match. For complete details see the MATCH grant program PDF here.

Interested in applying for the MATCH grant but need assistance determining where the matching funds will come from? Contact us to discuss your options, including but not limited to applying to other funders who may be willing to provide you with a matching grant!  




Grant Opportunity: NJ Volunteer Fire Departments & Emergency Response Organizations

New Jersey American Water has opened their fourth annual grant program for volunteer fire departments & emergency response organizations.

Grants will be awarded to cover the costs associated with purchasing personal protective gear, communications equipment, firefighting tools, water handling equipment, training and related activities/material that will be used to support their operations.

Who is eligible to apply: Volunteer fire departments and emergency responders located in New Jersey American Water service areas.

Award details: Maximum grant amount is $1,000. The deadline for applications is March 6th, 2015.

Where to get more information: Visit the community involvement section of New Jersey American Water’s website.

In an effort to ensure cost-effective grants support options are available for all programs and all award sizes, Insight always offers editing services at very affordable rates. For information on our grant writing or editing services, please contact us.

Grant Opportunity: Spreading Community Accelerators through Learning and Evaluation (SCALE)

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement has announced the release of the Request for Applications for Spreading Community Accelerators through Learning and Evaluation (SCALE).

This program is made available by support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is part of the 100 Million Healthier Lives initiative.

Program Overview: SCALE is for communities in the United States to “substantially accelerate their health improvement journey.” SCALE aims to help organizations improve their capacity to achieve significant health improvement outcomes by learning from one another. The funder indicates, “SCALE will support communities in their efforts to address factors that contribute to health, lead complex change, and advance equity.”

Twenty Pacesetter communities will be selected to participate in SCALE, a 20-month intensive “learning and doing” program.  Pacesetter communities will receive support and training as well as $60,000 (plus up to $8,000 travel budget) over 20 months to support their programs. See the Pacesetter application for details on the awards as well as the program in general.

Up to 10 additional communities will be chosen to serve as part of the SCALE technical assistance team for Pacesetter communities. Mentors will take an “all teach, all learn” approach that will empower them to both share what they have learned with others who are at an earlier point in their process as well as learning from other mentors and even the Pacesetter communities. Mentor communities will each receive a $5,000-per-year stipend for their time and effort. See the Mentor application for details on the awards as well as the program in general.

The funding cycle begins May 1, 2015 and goes through December 31, 2016.

Who Can Apply: SCALE is open to community organizations from a defined geographic area with a shared governance structure, and a shared plan for improving health. The funder explains, “An ideal applicant would be a coalition that is representative of the community and is composed of at least three partnering organizations capable of addressing the determinants of health (across health care, public, education, public health, social services, etc.) Organizations must be linked to a coalition member with municipal or 501c(3) status and capable of receiving funds and accounting for how funds are spent.”
Application Deadline: March 4th, 2015

Where to Get More Information: Visit the SCALE Initiative page of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement website


Grant Opportunity: 2015/16 Fuel Up To Play 60 Grants!

Although the application period isn’t open yet (it is scheduled to open this Spring), now is a great time to put Fuel Up to Play 60 Grants on your radar.

Program Overview: Fuel Up to Play 60 provides a grant opportunity to K-12 schools to improve the healthy eating and physical activity opportunities in schools.

Awards: $300-$4,000 in funding.

Deadline: Applications will be due Tuesday, June 16th, 2015. Awarded applicants will be provided funds to use in the 2015/16 school year.

Who Can Apply: K-12 schools must be in enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60, have a registered program advisor, and participate in the National School Lunch Program.

Other Important Notes: Applicants must propose projects that include Healthy Eating and Physical Activity components that include Plays from the Fuel Up to Play 60 Playbook. There are several spending category thresholds within the overall request limit, so be sure to thoroughly read all application materials as you develop your project plan and budget.

Where to Get More Information: Visit the Fuel Up to Play 60 website where you can view a past application to start preparing for 2015/16. You can also learn more about the program, read through FAQs, and see past success stories.

In an effort to ensure cost-effective grants support options are available for all programs and all award sizes, Insight always offers editing services at very affordable rates. For information on our grant writing or editing services, please contact us.

Grant Opportunity: Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Awards (Upstate NY)

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is making awards available to support the financial needs of health and wellness programs within 31 counties of Upstate New York.

What type of activities might be supported? Award are intended to focus on:

  • Activities to improve improve the health status of the community or to reduce the incidence of specific diseases
  • Community wide health education
  • Group-specific health education
  • Wellness

Programs must promote a safe and healthy lifestyle. They must fund direct services, not staff salaries or benefits.

Who can apply? To be eligible, the organization must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in the 31 counties of upstate New York and primarily serve a population within one or more of the listed counties. The 31 counties include: Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Clinton, Cortland, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Otsego, Oswego, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, St. Lawrence, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates. Public Schools are eligible to apply.

How much is available? Not specified.

When is the application due? Applications must be received by February 9th, 2015.

How much can I request? Through a competitive application process, the awards provide financial support of up to $4,000 each to 501(c)(3) nonprofit groups that have set clear goals to improve the health or health care of a specific population in the community

Do I have to offer a match of any kind? No

How long is the project period? Programs must begin within 12 months of the date the award is delivered

When will the awards be made? Awards will be distributed in March 2015

Is there anything else I should know? Application should be submitted to the appropriate regional contact:
•    Central New York region (Cayuga, Cortland, Jefferson, Lewis, Onondaga, Oswego, St. Lawrence and Tompkins counties): Email application to
•    Rochester region (Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties): Email application to
•    Southern Tier region (Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Schuyler, Steuben and Tioga counties): Email application to
•    Utica region (Clinton, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida and Otsego counties): Email application to

How can I find out more? Visit the BCBS website.

For additional information, contact:
Central New York region:
Rochester region:
Southern Tier region:
Utica region:

If you are looking for assistance with your application, Insight would be pleased to help you! For information on pricing for grant writing or editing for this program, please contact us.

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