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. (The information required
in the online application is shown in the Grant Guidelines section.) All regular
grant applications are held until after the July 15 deadline, so there is no advantage
to applying early. Go to online application.
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. (See Grant Guidelines for eligibility criteria.) While any
health-related activity is eligible, the Foundation also is receptive to receiving
applications to fund the purchase of automated external defibrillators (AEDs)
and related user training. Applications for mini-grants will be accepted in the
months of January, February and March. You may receive only one mini-grant in a
12-month period, 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 to apply
for a mini-grant. You will be notified of mini-grant awards within approximately
10 days of your application. If you receive a $1,000 mini-grant, you will be asked
to submit a one-page report of your program results within six months. Go to online application.
- What is the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas?
It is a charitable foundation established by Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield
in 2001. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. The Foundation is an independent
licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and serves the state of Arkansas.
- What is the purpose of the Foundation?
The Foundation anticipates awarding approximately $2 million in grants annually
to non-profit or governmental organizations and programs that positively affect
the health of Arkansans. Particular emphasis will be given to projects affecting
health-care delivery, health-care policy and health-care economics.
The poor health status of Arkansans contributes to rising medical costs. By providing
funding and working together with other organizations, the Foundation hopes to establish
or expand a number of diverse health-care projects that will benefit all Arkansans
over the long term.
- How is the Foundation funded?
The Foundation expects that its funding will come solely from Arkansas Blue Cross
and Blue Shield, as authorized from time to time by the Board of Directors of Arkansas
Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
- Does the Foundation accept donations?
The Foundation does not anticipate soliciting or accepting donations or funding
from sources other than Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, unless authorized by
the Board of Directors of the Foundation.
- What is the amount that will be awarded in grants?
Regular grants awarded will generally range from $5,000 to $150,000. Mini-grants
for $1,000 are also available. The Foundation anticipates awarding approximately
$2 million in grants annually.
- What is the grant period?
The grant period for a regular Foundation grant is normally the calendar year, running
from January 1 to December 31.
- What kinds of programs are eligible to receive grants?
Programs or projects should positively affect the health of Arkansans. Particular
emphasis will be given to projects affecting health-care delivery, health-care policy
and health-care economics. (List of Grants Awarded)
Projects must demonstrate strong community, regional or statewide support, such
as co-funding by other community, regional, or statewide organizations or groups.
Projects should also demonstrate operational and financial viability that will survive
and continue after funding from the Foundation ends.
- What kinds of organizations are eligible to receive grants?
Organizations eligible to receive grants from the Blue & You Foundation:
- Must be an Arkansas-based organization or governmental agency (or if the applying
organization is located outside of Arkansas, the project to be funded must specifically
- Any 501(c)(3) public charity, public school, governmental agency or nonprofit hospital
in Arkansas is eligible to apply. Churches are eligible, but their health improvement
program must reach beyond its own congregation. Grants are not made to individuals.
- Cannot be a private foundation under IRC § 509(a)
- Primary grantee cannot have a contractual relationship with Arkansas Blue Cross
and Blue Shield, its subsidiaries or affiliates.
A "contractual relationship" is defined as an arrangement whereby an organization
has a contract to provide a service or product to the corporate entities of Arkansas
Blue Cross, its subsidiaries or affiliates (in the nature of a "vendor" relationship).
Such a relationship would make the organization ineligible for a foundation grant.
Organizations whose sole relationship is that of purchasing health insurance for
its employees from Arkansas Blue Cross, its subsidiaries or affiliates (in the nature
of a "customer" relationship), and do not provide a service or product to these
corporate entities, are not considered to have a "contractual relationship" within
this definition, and therefore are eligible for grants, if other eligibility criteria
Also, an organization that has a contractual relationship to provide a service or
product to individuals or groups that have health insurance through Arkansas Blue
Cross, its subsidiaries or affiliates (in the nature of a "provider" relationship),
are eligible to receive grants, if other eligibility criteria are met. For example,
participating providers (physicians or hospitals) are not considered ineligible
simply because they provide a service to individuals insured through Arkansas Blue
Cross, its subsidiaries or affiliates.
An exception to the "provider" guideline above involves those several hospitals which
have a joint venture contractual relationship with Arkansas Blue Cross, its subsidiaries
or affiliates. A grant application from a joint venture hospital would be ineligible.
However, a qualifying Foundation of such a joint venture hospital could be eligible
to apply for a grant, if other eligibility criteria are met.
In summary, "vendors" are ineligible, but "customers" and "providers" as defined
above are generally eligible for grants, if other eligibility criteria are met.
- Are individuals eligible to receive grants?
No, individuals are not eligible. Only nonprofit or governmental organizations are
eligible to receive grants.
- What other kinds of organizations or programs are not eligible for grants?
Grants will not be made to: individuals; fundraising events or celebrations; political
or lobbying organizations; fraternal, athletic or social organizations; organizations
that do not directly serve Arkansas; religious organizations for religious purposes;
capital or endowment of organizations; proposals that are principally for construction
of facilities or purchase of large equipment; or for attendance at conferences.
In making grants, please note that the Foundation disfavors funding of “indirect
costs.” Therefore, when applying, please omit “indirect costs” from your request
and budget. Because of the availability of funding in Arkansas from the Tobacco
Settlement, the Foundation will not fund proposals that are principally tobacco-related.
Also, any organization that has received Foundation funding for a specific program
for a total of two years is not eligible to reapply for subsequent funding for the
- How does an organization apply for a regular grant?
Applications must be submitted electronically using the online application system, by midnight July 15, 2015. Paper
applications will not be accepted. Specific grant application requirements are found
in the Grant Guidelines section.
- What is the 2015 deadline for submitting regular grant applications?
For calendar year 2015, the Blue & You Foundation will conduct a round of grant-making
which will be completed before December 31, 2015. The deadline for online submission
of electronic applications in 2015 is midnight July 15, 2015.
- How are grant winners chosen?
The Foundation Board of Directors will review grant applications and choose the
grantees, based on evaluation criteria established by the Foundation.
- What criteria are used to evaluate applications?
Criteria used in evaluating grant applications include:
- Relevance to Blue & You Foundation priorities
- Project design and feasibility
- Documentation of need
- Evidence of broad-based community involvement
- Innovativeness/learning opportunity
- Portability (usefulness in other locales)
- Leveraging potential
- When will applying organizations be notified of 2015 grant decisions?
Applying organizations will be notified of 2015 regular grant decisions in November.
Public announcement of 2015 grants will take place by December 31, 2015.
- If our organization receives a grant, what will be our obligations in fulfilling
If you are selected to receive a regular grant, you will receive a
Grant Agreement (PDF)
to sign and return prior to receiving your grant check. The agreement outlines the
six-month and 12-month
Reporting Requirements (PDF)
, as well as other guidelines for accounting for the grant budget. The Blue & You
Foundation will also make a site visit to your location during the grant year to
see your program in action and review your progress in implementing the program.
Mini-grants require only a one-page report submitted within six months.
- What will be the timing of the 2016 grant-making cycle?
The Foundation anticipates that the 2016 grant-making cycle will be similar to 2015,
with an application deadline in July 2016 and grant awards announced in December