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.)
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.
The Blue & You Foundation for a
Healthier Arkansas 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. (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.
Grants awarded will generally range from $5,000 to $150,000. Mini-grants for $1,000
are also available.
The Blue & You Foundation will accept applications for its regular grants
through July 15, 2015, with awards being announced by December 31, 2015. Foundation
grants will be made to non-profit or governmental organizations only and not to
individuals. In addition to these grants, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield expects
to continue its support of Arkansas charitable organizations through direct corporate
Grant Eligibility Criteria
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.
- 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
- Because of the availability of funding in Arkansas from the Tobacco Settlement,
the Foundation will not fund proposals that are principally tobacco-related.
- 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.
Grant Application Deadline
For calendar year 2015, the Blue & You Foundation will conduct a round of grant-making
to be completed before December 31, 2015. The deadline for online submission
of electronic applications for regular grants in 2015 is midnight July 15, 2015.
All regular grant applications are held until after the July 15 deadline, so there
is no advantage to applying early.
Grant Evaluation Criteria
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
Grant Application Requirements
The electronic, online grant application submitted to the Blue & You Foundation
for a regular grant includes the following five elements. (The mini-grant application
requires only the Executive Summary.)
- Executive Summary
- The Executive Summary is designed to provide information about your organization
and a summary of your grant proposal, in a brief and consistent format. It is important
that the Executive Summary presented be a clear and concise statement that captures
the essence of your proposed project. Include your most compelling points
on why your project should be funded.
- Mission of your organization (Limit of 100 words)
- Project name
- Requested dollar amount of grant
- Why undertake this project: The need (Limit of 300 words)
- Primary condition or health topic targeted
- Project objectives (Limit of 1,500 words)
- Activities or methods your project will implement (Limit of 1,500 words)
- Number of people impacted
- Target demographics
- Target geographic area
- How you will use the grant funds requested (Limit of 200 words)
- Project Super Summary (Limit of 100 words)
- Project Details
- Timeline: Milestones throughout the year needed to achieve success (Limit of 500
- Geographic area to be served (Limit of 200 words)
- Target population to be served (age, gender, etc.) (Limit of 200 words)
- Assumptions on which the project is based (Limit of 500 words)
- Barriers to success (Limit of 500 words)
- Financial and human resources to be applied to the project, including expected support
from the community or other organization (Limit of 500 words)
- Likelihood of project continuing after the grant period (including other potential
funding sources) (Limit of 200 words)
- Evaluation of the Project
- How success will be measured (Limit of 500 words)
- Data or measurement tools you will use to verify success (Limit of 300 words)
- Timeline for evaluation (Limit of 300 words)
- How project problems will be identified and corrected (Limit of 300 words)
- Project Budget
- 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 (Limit of 500 words)
- 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)
Submission of Applications
Applications for regular grants must be submitted electronically, using the
online application system, by midnight July 15, 2015. If you submit earlier than
this date, you may still go back and change or edit your application, as long as
it is done before midnight July 15, 2015. (Mini-grant applications may be submitted
electronically anytime between January 1 and March 31.)