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, Hunger, and Shelter. The fund will release $20,000 rapid response grants (at $20,000 per grant) to communities throughout the state, totaling $1.5M. The application is very brief and intended to distribute funds quickly to organizations responding to the current health crisis.

  • April 15, 2020 – Application opens
  • April 24, 2020 – Application closes
  • Week of May 4 – Applicants notified of funding decisions

Submit an application for the COVID-19 Community Collaboration Fund . The invitation code is ‘RELIEF’, for funding stream select ‘Disaster Relief’.

For technical issues, please contact Michael Attaway.


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 grants or sponsorships, please contact Kathleen Cangemi.

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.

FY21 Healthy Kids, Healthy Families and Community Partner Grant Application Process: SUSPENDED

Thank you for your interest in the grants program at BCBSIL. In light of COVID-19, we have suspended the FY21 application process and have contacted all applicants. Please visit our website for future updates.