Our Grant and Sponsorship Programs: Supporting Community Efforts
Each year, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) supports communities throughout our state with grants and sponsorships. We are proud of our community investments and value the very important work that organizations are doing to keep Illinoisans healthy.
Community Investment at BCBSIL is divided into two areas: grants and sponsorships. When deciding to apply for either a grant or a sponsorship, please review the following information and feel welcome to contact us with questions.
BCBSIL Grants: Two Funding Streams
In Illinois, grants are awarded to direct service health and human service organizations with 501(c)3 status. Funding is dispersed through two separate funding streams: Community Partners Grant and Healthy Kids Healthy Families Grant. Grants in these areas are for 1 year only. Organizations may apply through either funding stream (but not both). Funding is competitive; therefore, organizations should assess alignment with each streams' funding priorities.
Healthy Kids, Healthy Families
Promotes health and wellness and disease prevention in the following ways:
- Physical activity
- Disease prevention and management
- Safe environments
Community Partners Grant
Supports innovative direct service dedicated to advancing health system objectives:
- Improving health insurance & health condition literacy
- Increasing access to health care
- Enhancing care coordination
- Addressing behavioral & social determinants of health and health disparities
FY17 Two-step Application Process & Timeline
This year, BCBSIL implemented a two-step application process that began with a Letter of Intent (LOI) followed by an invitation-only full application. The process is now closed. For organizations that submitted an LOI, please see below for the process timeline. The next opportunity to apply for grant funding from BCBSIL will open February 2017.
- February 16, 2016: Letter of Intent opens
- March 4th: LOI closes
- Week of April 11th: All LOI applicants notified
- Week of April 18th: Invitation-only full application opens
- May 6th: Full application closes
- Mid-June 2016: Applicants notified of funding decisions
- July 1, 2016: Funding begins (all grants are 1 year, funding ends June 30, 2017)
Organizations working to improve the health and wellness of underserved communities may request sponsorship support from BCBSIL. Sponsorship awards are smaller than grants, ranging between $250–$5,000. Examples of sponsorship awards include galas, dinners, luncheons, seminars, conferences and similar activities.
Please note: In an effort to increase the number of organizations who have access to BCBSIL community investment support, an organization may receive a grant or a sponsorship, but not both. Sponsorships do not require 501(c)(3) status. Requests must be made at least two months in advance of project or event.
For questions about grants or sponsorships, please contact Kathleen Cangemi.