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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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