Blue Fund awards health-focused grants to non-profits in the Northeastern New York/Capital Region. Grants are given to non-profit organizations and initiatives that have a positive impact on key health areas. Projects and initiatives must demonstrate enhanced measurable outcomes for the health of the community they serve.
Blue Fund provides grants for non-profits that supports projects and organizations that can make a measurable difference. Key focus areas:
The proposed work must serve or be located in one or more of the following 13 counties: Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Essex, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington. Your organization must be classified as a tax-exempt nonprofit under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code or an educational or government entity with tax-exempt status. Any one organization may submit one letter of intent (LOI) maximum. Organizations that have an active Blue Fund grant are not eligible to apply for funding during this cycle.
Efforts that do not align with one or more key focus areas
Political campaigns or exclusively religious activities
Attendance at or sponsorship of fundraising events for organizations
Annual events or festivals
The use of grant for non-profits for purposes not preapproved by Blue Fund or not supported through required documentation
No, Blue Fund provides grants for non-profits that help individuals living in our community.
Blue Fund has a two-step grant application process. Applicants must submit a brief letter of intent (LOI) using Blue Fund’s online application system in accordance with the published timeline. Selected applicants will then be invited to submit a full proposal.
The maximum grant request is $300,000.
Applicants may request up to 15% of the grant amount for indirect costs.
Expenses incurred prior to submission of a Blue Fund application should not be included in Blue Fund project budgets; they are not eligible for payment or reimbursement.
Grants for non-profits are typically awarded for a one-year period. Blue Fund will consider supporting projects for up to two years depending on project/program design, scale and budget.
Applicants should demonstrate how the proposal aligns with one or more focus areas and how their project will address health equity. Projects should deepen and broaden current work, facilitate the expansion of an effective program, or create a new program based on the success of earlier work or evidence-based best practices. The proposed initiative should be evidence-based and demonstrate alignment with current trends and needs.
Grantees must be able to track performance and report measurable outcome results, on a timely basis, as requested and agreed upon by Blue Fund. All grantees are required to provide a six-month progress report and a final report to close the grant after project completion. If the grant lasts for two or more years, the grantee will be required to submit a progress report, and release any grant funds, for each subsequent year, after the initial funds are disbursed. Blue Fund reserves the right to conduct an independent evaluation of grant expenditures for up to four years.
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Delaware: Highmark BCBSD Inc. d/b/a Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.
West Virginia: Highmark West Virginia Inc. d/b/a Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Highmark Health Insurance Company or Highmark Senior Solutions Company. Visit our website to view the Access Plan required by the Health Benefit Plan Network Access and Adequacy Act. You may also request a copy by contacting us at the number on the back of your ID card.
Western NY: Highmark Western and Northeastern New York Inc. d/b/a Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Northeastern NY: Highmark Western and Northeastern New York Inc. d/b/a Highmark Blue Shield.
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