Our Grant and Sponsorship Programs: Supporting Community Efforts

Each year, Blue Cross 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:

  • Nutrition
  • 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

FY16 Application Process

The FY16 application process for direct service programming funding is now open. Our FY16 Grant Funding Guidelines  explains BCBSIL's community investment strategy and criteria for evaluation. We encourage you to review this document to determine if your project fits within BCBSIL's FY16 grantmaking guidelines.

To apply for Healthy Kids, Healthy Families Grant, click here .

To apply for Community Partners Grant, click here .

Once started, to return to previously initiated and saved FY16 grant applications, click here .

Key process dates:

  • March 2, 2015: CPG and HKHF online applications open
  • March 30, 2015: Applications close
  • Mid June: Applicants notified of final funding decisions
  • July 1, 2015: Funding begins

Should you have questions about the application process or our Community Investment strategy, please feel welcome to contact Kathleen Cangemi.

BCBSIL Sponsorships

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.

Apply for a sponsorship .

Return to saved applications or view applications previously submitted .

For questions about grants or sponsorships, please contact Kathleen Cangemi.