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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.) Paper applications will not be accepted. Go to online application.

Mini-Grant 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. (See Grant Guidelines for eligibility criteria.) Applications for mini-grants will be accepted in the months of February, March and April. 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 30 days of your application. Your application will remain eligible for all three of the grant selection months (February, March and April), so there is no need to re-submit 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, 2014, with awards being announced by December 31, 2014. 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 contributions.

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 benefit Arkansans)
  • 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 are met.

    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 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.
  • 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 2014, the Blue & You Foundation will conduct a round of grant-making to be completed before December 31, 2014. The deadline for online submission of electronic applications for regular grants in 2014 is midnight July 15, 2014. Paper applications will not be accepted.

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.)

  1. 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)


  2. Project Details
    • Timeline: Milestones throughout the year needed to achieve success (Limit of 500 words)
    • 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)


  3. 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)


  4. 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)


  5. Attachments
    • 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, 2014. 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, 2014. Paper applications will not be accepted. (Mini-grant applications may be submitted electronically anytime between February 1 and April 30.)



 
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