Our Grant and Sponsorship Programs: Supporting Community Efforts

Each year, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) supports communities across our state through its grants and sponsorships. We are proud that our community investments support the valuable work of many community-based organizations that contribute to a healthier Illinois.

BCBSIL COVID-19 Community Collaboration Fund

BCBSIL has created a COVID-19 Community Collaboration Fund to release funding to community-based organizations with missions focused on Access to Health Care, Behavioral Health, Hunger, Shelter, and COVID-19 Health Literacy and Vaccine Outreach. The fund will release 75 rapid response grants (at $20,000 per grant) to communities throughout the state. The application is very brief and intended to distribute funds quickly to organizations responding to the current health crisis.

  • February 15, 2021 – Application opens
  • February 26, 2021 – Application closes
  • Week of March 22, 2021 – Applicants notified of funding decisions

Submit an application for the COVID-19 Community Collaboration Fund . The invitation code is ‘COVID_19’. Select ‘Rapid Response’ for the funding stream.

For technical issues, please contact Michael Attaway.

BCBSIL SPONSORSHIPS

Organizations working to improve community health and wellness may request sponsorship support from BCBSIL. Sponsorship awards are smaller than grants, ranging between $250–$5,000. Examples of sponsorship awards include galas, dinners, health fairs, luncheons, seminars, conferences, walks and/or runs and similar activities.

Please note: 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.

Request for sponsorship consideration must be made through our online application .

For questions about sponsorships, please contact Michael Attaway.

As of August 2016, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois is unable to fund organizations or projects that discriminate against individuals based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

BCBSIL Grants: Two Funding Streams

In Illinois, grants are awarded to health and human service organizations with 501(c)(3) status. Funding is distributed through two separate funding steams: Healthy Kids, Healthy Families grants and Community Partners grants. Grants 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.

HEALTHY KIDS, HEALTHY FAMILIES

 

COMMUNITY PARTNERS GRANT

Promotes health and wellness and disease prevention in the following ways: Supports innovative direct service dedicated to advancing health system objectives:
  • Nutrition
  • Physical activity
  • Disease prevention and management
  • Safe environments
  • Improving health condition and health insurance literacy
  • Increasing access to health care
  • Enhancing care coordination
  • Addressing behavioral and social determinants of health to reduce health disparities

Fiscal Year 2022 Application Process

Please check back later this spring for information about the FY22 Healthy Kids, Healthy Families (HKHF) grant, and Community Partners Grant (CPG) process. At this time, attention will be upon the COVID-19 Community Collaboration Fund. As information becomes available about HKHF and CPG, we will update it here.

For questions about grants please contact Kathleen Cangemi.