BlueShield accepting intent letters for grants and initiatives

LATHAM — The BlueShield of Northeastern New York’s Blue Fund is accepting letters of intent online through Feb. 4, for grants to organizations and initiatives that align with at least one of its key focus areas, according to a news release.

These include behavioral health, cardiovascular health, diabetes, health-care workforce development, healthy children and the opioid epidemic.

Submitting a letter of intent is a required first step in the grant-making process. The selected applicants will then be invited to submit a full proposal.

The Blue Fund will consider $100,000 to $250,000 grant requests from Capital District not-for-profit organizations for initiatives that are ready to implement and demonstrate enhanced and measurable community outcomes. The applicants should demonstrate how the grant will deepen and broaden current work by supporting the expansion or creation of a program, based on the success of earlier work or evidence-based best practices.

In 2018: The not-for-profit health plan launched the Blue Fund in July and awarded $327,174 to two local organizations in November in its first round of grants. Those grants were awarded in addition to the health plan’s current corporate partnerships and sponsorships.

To learn more about Blue Fund and to submit a letter of intent for this year’s grant cycle, visit bsneny.com/bluefund.

The funding decisions will be announced in the fall.

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