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, so organizations should assess alignment with each streams’ funding priorities.
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Information about our FY15 process may be found in our FY15 Funding Guidelines. This document should help you understand the priorities of each funding stream and the criteria we use to evaluate proposals. We encourage you to review the Funding Guidelines prior to submitting a proposal.
FY15 Application Process Timeline
- February 20, 2014: CPG and HKHF applications released
- March 21, 2014 at 5:00 pm: CPG and HKHF applications due
- Mid–June 2014: Applicants notified of funding decisions
- July 1, 2014: Funding begins (all grants are 1 year, funding end June 30, 2015)
FY15 Online Application Links
After reviewing the FY15 Funding Guidelines, to apply:
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.