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Covid Grants Program

The purpose of the Rapid-Response Covid Relief Grants program is to help eligible organizations lessen the impact of the Covid-19 virus on the individuals, families and communities they serve.

  • All application must be submitted online, using the "Apply" link below. Mail, email or phone solicitations will not be accepted as an application.
  • The questions you will answer in the online application are shown below.
  • Applying organizations may request a grant ranging from $5,000 to $150,000. The Foundation does not do partial funding, but rather makes a yes or no decision on the amount requested. Therefore, your application must provide itemized details that justify the amount you request.
  • Applications will be reviewed and funding decisions made on a weekly basis. If your request is approved for funding, you will receive a confirming email. We will then email a grant agreement for you to sign and return, which will trigger us to send you the grant check in approximately two weeks. Please make sure your application shows the mailing address that will work for receiving the check.
  • After each weekly review of applications received, some may be approved, some may be declined, and some may be held for consideration for funding in later weeks or months.
  • If a grant is awarded to your organization, you must submit a report of your program results to the Blue & You Foundation within 12 months. The questions you will answer in your report will be provided by the Blue & You Foundation with the grant award.
  • We are open for applications now and will remain open for as long as the Foundation deems appropriate to assist with Covid-related needs. Therefore, there is currently no deadline or closing date to apply. We anticipate that if a closing date for applications is established, we would publicize this.

Application Requirements

You must complete the application online (see "Apply" button below), providing responses on the following topics:

  • Mission of your organization
  • Project name
  • Requested dollar amount of grant ($5,000 to $150,000)
  • Why undertake this project: The need
  • Primary condition or health topic targeted
  • Project objectives
  • Activities or methods your project will implement
  • Number of people impacted
  • Target demographics
  • Target geographic area
  • How you will use the grant funds requested, providing line-item details that add up to the total dollars requested
  • Project Super Summary (brief, recapping description)

After you submit your application

When you correctly complete and submit your application, you will receive an immediate email confirming that it was successfully received. You will be notified of Covid grant awards within approximately 10 days of your application. We will then email a grant agreement for you to sign and return, which will trigger us to send you the grant check in approximately two weeks. If you receive a grant, you must submit a report of your program results within12 months, answering questions that the Blue & You Foundation will provide.

Covid Grants Program

To assist with Covid-19 virus prevention and relief, the Blue & You Foundation is suspending its Regular Grants program this year and has opened a special “Rapid-Response Covid Relief Grants Program.” The Regular Grants program will return in 2021, with applications open from January 1 to July 15, 2021. If you have already submitted a Regular Grant application this year, we will be in touch with you about the status of your application.

Regular Grants Program

The Blue & You Foundation has an online application process for its regular grants of $5,000 to $150,000, with a July 15 application deadline. All regular grant applications are held until after the July 15 deadline, so there is no advantage to applying early.

Regular grant applications are open from January 1 until midnight on July 15.

Am I Eligible?

Restrictions

Any organization that has received Foundation "regular grant" funding for a specific program for a total of two years is not eligible to reapply for subsequent "regular grant" funding for the same program. The same rule of "no more than two years of funding for the same program" also applies to mini-grants. After two years of funding for the same program, an organization is still eligible to apply for funding of a different health program.

Application Requirements

You must complete the application online and address the following five elements in your application.

The Executive Summary provides information about your organization and grant proposal. It should present a clear and concise statement that captures the essence of your proposed project. Please include:

  • Mission of your organization (100 word max.)
  • Project name
  • Requested dollar amount of grant
  • Why undertake this project: The need (300 word max.)
  • Primary condition or health topic targeted
  • Project objectives (1,500 word max.)
  • Activities or methods your project will implement (1,500 word max.)
  • Number of people impacted
  • Target demographics
  • Target geographic area
  • How you will use the grant funds requested (200 word max.)
  • Project super summary (100 word max.)
  • Timeline: Milestones throughout the year needed to achieve success (500 word max.)
  • Geographic area to be served (200 word max.)
  • Target population to be served (age, gender, etc.) (200 word max.)
  • Assumptions on which the project is based (500 word max.)
  • Barriers to success (500 word max.)
  • Financial and human resources to be applied to the project, including expected support from the community or other organization (500 word max.)
  • Likelihood of project continuing after the grant period (including other potential funding sources) (200 word max.)
  • How success will be measured (500 word max.)
  • Data or measurement tools you will use to verify success (300 word max.)
  • Timeline for evaluation (300 word max.)
  • How project problems will be identified and corrected (300 word max.)
  • The project expense items, requested from the Blue & You Foundation and other sources. (Please note that grants will not be made to proposals that are principally for construction of facilities or purchase of large equipment. In making grants, please note that the Foundation disfavors funding of "indirect costs." Therefore, when applying, please omit "indirect costs" from your requests and budget.)
  • Budget narrative explaining the project expense items requested (500 word max.)

You will need to include the following with your application:

  • Brief history of the sponsoring organization
  • 501(c)(3) tax exemption letter from IRS
  • Most recent independent audit
  • Current annual operating budget for applying organization
  • Most recent IRS Form 990
  • Current Board of Directors, including their business or professional affiliations, and frequency of board meetings
  • Most recent Annual Report
  • List of other major business or foundation supporters for the last three years
  • Resume of Project Manager or Director
  • Other supporting documents (optional)

Mini-Grants Program

In addition to its regular grants program outlined on this site, the Blue & You Foundation offers a simpler application for $1,000 mini-grants to support health improvement projects in Arkansas. While any health related activity is eligible, the Foundation also is receptive to receiving applications to fund the purchase of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) (PDF), Naloxone/Narcan kits for opioid overdoes, and Stop the Bleed kits, and related user training. Applications for mini-grants will be accepted in the months of January, February and March, with funding decisions made within 10 days of submission.

Deadline to apply is midnight, March 15.

Am I Eligible?

Restrictions

You may receive only one mini-grant in a calendar year, and any organization that has received a mini-grant or regular grant from the Blue & You Foundation in the last two years is not eligible for a mini-grant.  There is a two-year waiting period between mini-grants.  For example, an organization that receives a mini-grant in January, 2018, is not eligible to apply for another mini-grant until January, 2020.

Any organization that has received Foundation "mini-grant" funding for a specific program for a total of two years is not eligible to reapply for subsequent "mini-grant" funding for the same program. After two years of funding for the same program, an organization is still eligible to apply for funding of a different health program.

Application Requirements

You must complete the application online and submit an Executive Summary that provides information about your organization and grant proposal.

Executive Summary

The Executive Summary should present a clear and concise statement that captures the essence of your proposed project. Executive Summary components included in your application:

  • Mission of your organization (100 word max.)
  • Project name
  • Requested dollar amount of grant ($1,000)
  • Why undertake this project: The need (300 word max.)
  • Primary condition or health topic targeted
  • Project objectives (1,500 word max.)
  • Activities or methods your project will implement (1,500 word max.)
  • Number of people impacted
  • Target demographics
  • Target geographic area
  • How you will use the grant funds requested (200 word max.)
  • Project Super Summary (100 word max.)

After you apply

You will be notified of mini-grant awards within approximately 10 days of your application. If you receive a mini-grant, you must submit a one-page report of your program results within six months.