Nonprofit organizations in the 6-county Finger Lakes region are invited to apply by Oct. 10 for an award of up to $4,000 each.
Rochester, NY – Nonprofit organizations in the Finger Lakes and Utica/North Country regions of upstate New York can apply for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Award grants that total $55,000.
Nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations in Excellus BCBS’s six-county Finger Lakes region and 14-county Utica/North Country region are invited to apply for awards of up to $4,000 each. Excellus BCBS’s six-county Finger Lakes region includes: Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties.
Excellus BCBS expects to issue a total of $165,000 in Community Health Awards by the end of 2017. Earlier this year, the health plan awarded $110,000 in grants to 36 nonprofits from throughout its entire 31-county upstate New York operating area.
“Excellus BCBS supports the Community Health Awards because of the potential to improve the health of so many people in our communities, whether they’re inner city students overcome by trauma, refugees growing their own food at an urban farm, or rural teenagers looking for a safe and educational after-school program,” said Holly Snow, director, community health engagement, Excellus BCBS.
The award can be used for programs that have clear goals to improve the health or health care of a specific population. For the fall 2017 awards, Excellus BCBS will also consider funding nonprofits that are pursuing a new or innovative approach to improving community health.
“It can be hard for a small nonprofit to find the funds needed to try an innovative idea,” Snow said. “We’re hopeful that our Community Health Awards will provide at least one nonprofit with the support needed to launch a fresh approach to a critical health problem.”
The deadline to submit an application to be considered for an Excellus BCBS Community Health Award is Tuesday, Oct. 10. For additional information and the online application, go to excellusbcbs.com/community.
Spring 2017 Community Health Award Winners
Earlier this year, 11 Finger Lakes region organizations won Community Health Awards from more than 200 submitted applications in the 31-county upstate New York operating area.
The winning nonprofits from Monroe County were: Borinquen Dance Theatre, Inc., Boys and Girls Clubs of Rochester, Child Care Council, Inc., Foodlink, Mental Health Association, RESOLVE of Greater Rochester, Samaritan Center of Excellence; Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach and Willow Domestic Violence Center.
Other winners included CASA of Livingston County (dba Trinity) and Lyons Central School District in Wayne County.
The health plan’s 14-county Utica/North Country region includes: Clinton, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego and St. Lawrence counties.
These awards complement Excellus BCBS’s existing grants and sponsorships with agencies that work to enhance quality of life, including health status, in upstate New York. The company’s corporate giving must follow all applicable laws and regulations and does not support funding organizations that conflict with its corporate mission, goals, policies or products.