Our application process is now closed. In January 2017, please look for information about our new grantee partnerships.
Through the BlueAngel Community Health Grant program—an annual, competitive grant program—we partner with community-based agencies that are helping improve the health of Rhode Islanders.
Since 2014, we’ve focused our funding on one of the most critical issues facing our state: preventing and reducing childhood obesity in Rhode Island’s youth. About one-third of American children are either overweight or obese, and childhood obesity is projected to cost children five years of their lives. Healthy habits formed at a young age have a tremendous impact on health outcomes in adulthood, which is why funding for prevention is vitally important. This is especially true in low-income communities and communities of color in which children face an even higher risk of becoming obese than the national average.
By collaborating with local organizations, we hope to make our state healthier and stronger while easing the financial strain on our already overburdened healthcare system. Read more about childhood obesity in this issue brief from Rhode Island Kids Count.
The application process is now closed. It will reopen in July 2017.
Organizations must be seeking funding for programs addressing childhood obesity, specifically programs that:
BCBSRI will favor applicants that offer:
If your question isn’t answered below, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organizations are eligible for grants from BCBSRI if they have qualified for exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code or are public instrumentalities (e.g., a government entity). Grants will not be awarded to:
We also do not contribute to organizations seeking contributions for advertising space, tickets, or sponsorship of dinners, fundraising events, or promotional materials.
BCBSRI provides funding for existing, new, and expanding programs.
Yes, as they relate to a specific program. For instance, we would be unlikely to fund ABC nonprofit’s executive director position, but more likely to fund personnel costs associated with a program (such as a counselor to provide nutrition classes).
An organization may not apply for more than one BlueAngel Community Health grant during the year. Applicants who receive a grant may not submit another letter of intent or proposal for funding the same program within the same year. Applicants who are not approved for funding are welcome to reapply in the next grant cycle.
BCBSRI is not currently making multiyear grant awards. However, applicants who receive funding may apply for second-year transitional funding.
Yes, as long as the proposed effort is not for religious purposes.
BCBSRI does not have an open application process. We accept letters of inquiry only at designated times during the year. Key dates are noted in the letter of inquiry form. However, applicants are welcome to contact us with ideas to be considered during our grant cycles.
Proposals are only accepted by invitation after the letter of intent review process. The proposal must include a coherent and valid discussion of how you intend to evaluate and measure the program's success. We cannot consider proposals that do not include evaluation information. A clear plan for communicating the partnership with BCBSRI also must be included.
Yes. However, we prefer to be a funding partner along with other sources of revenue. We believe an application is strengthened by seeking multiple sources of support (as this is a key indicator of sustainability).
BCBSRI will fund acquisition of equipment as it relates to a specific program, but is unlikely to fund equipment alone. Please note that we typically do not fund construction (e.g., bricks and mortar).
You can always speak with a member of the BCBSRI Community Relations Department staff if you have questions about the eligibility requirements and funding priority. Please contact us at email@example.com.
Final decisions will be communicated in December.
Yes, you may reapply.
It takes some time for us to process and review the letters of intent. We will notify you as to whether or not your organization will advance to the full proposal stage within approximately 10 business days from the date your submission was received. At that time, we will email you the proposal guidelines, application materials, and the proposal due date.
We do not ordinarily meet with applicants during the letter of inquiry stage. Please email any questions about the BlueAngel Community Health Grants program to firstname.lastname@example.org.
While BCBSRI does not have a strict policy against indirect costs, we do not look favorably upon applications that request excessive costs in this area. Projects requesting funding for direct service or program-related costs (e.g., supplies, education materials, salaries) are viewed more favorably.
Historically, funding amounts have ranged from $8,000 per year to $30,000 per year.
Since the BlueAngel Community Health Grants program began, we’ve awarded $3,430,096 to 65 organizations, which has helped more than 268,000 Rhode Islanders. See our most recent grant recipients.