BlueAngel Community Health Grants

Our application process is now closed. In January 2017, please look for information about our new grantee partnerships.

Through the BlueAngel Community Health Grant program—an annual, competitive grant program—we partner with community-based agencies that are helping improve the health of Rhode Islanders.

Since 2014, we’ve focused our funding on one of the most critical issues facing our state: preventing and reducing childhood obesity in Rhode Island’s youth. About one-third of American children are either overweight or obese, and childhood obesity is projected to cost children five years of their lives. Healthy habits formed at a young age have a tremendous impact on health outcomes in adulthood, which is why funding for prevention is vitally important. This is especially true in low-income communities and communities of color in which children face an even higher risk of becoming obese than the national average.

By collaborating with local organizations, we hope to make our state healthier and stronger while easing the financial strain on our already overburdened healthcare system. Read more about childhood obesity in this issue brief from Rhode Island Kids Count.

How to apply

The application process is now closed. It will reopen in July 2017.

Here is how the application process works:

  1. Rhode Island-based organizations that are tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Code are invited to submit a letter of intent. Collaborations and coalitions must have a lead applicant organization with 501(c)(3) status. Our preference is to fund organizations working in schools vs. funding individual schools directly. Similarly, preference for funding will be given to organizations working with state/city agencies vs. funding state/city agencies directly.

    Organizations must be seeking funding for programs addressing childhood obesity, specifically programs that:

    • Collect and capture statewide data regarding the state of children’s weight in Rhode Island.
    • Increase access to affordable healthy foods and/or safe places to be active.
    • Support local community-based organizations that provide community education and outreach on the importance of good nutrition, physical activity, and healthy weight for children and their families

    BCBSRI will favor applicants that offer:

    • Innovative programs that expand and enhance services, increase capacity, and/or incorporate new strategies to support healthy body weights among young children
    • Evidenced-based interventions or prevention initiatives
    • Collaborations with one or more agencies working together

  2. Each letter of intent will be reviewed to determine if it meets the eligibility guidelines established by BCBSRI on the basis of our available resources for the current year. Organizations completing a letter of intent will hear from BCBSRI regarding a decision to invite a full proposal.
  3. Organizations invited to submit a full proposal will have approximately 30 days to complete the application online. Site visits will be conducted prior to the review committee convening. Proposals for funding are reviewed by a diverse volunteer review committee comprised of community representatives from both the public and the private sector. Funding decisions will be made based on the committee’s recommendations.
  4. Grant awards are announced in December, and funding begins in January of the following year. Grants may be renewed for a maximum of one additional year (at an equal or lesser amount) based on successful performance and results. All grant recipients will be monitored with six-month and year-end reports and periodic site visits.

Frequently asked questions

If your question isn’t answered below, please contact us at

Who is eligible to apply for a BlueAngel Community Health Grant (BACHG)?+
Does BCBSRI fund existing programs or just new or expanding programs?+
Does BCBSRI fund personnel expenses?+
Can I apply for more than one grant during the year?+
Do you provide multiyear grants?+
Would BCBSRI consider a request from a faith-based organization?+
Are there deadlines for proposals?+
What other requirements should I consider when preparing the proposal?+
Would BCBSRI fund 100 percent of a program’s costs?+
Does BCBSRI fund capital—either equipment or construction?+
I’m not sure whether or not my organization or program is suitable for funding. What can I do?+
If we are selected to submit a full proposal, when can we expect to receive notice of a final decision?+
If we are not selected to develop a full proposal, may we reapply in a future grant cycle?+
How much time will we have to develop a full proposal?+
May we meet with a BCBSRI representative prior to submission of our letter of inquiry or can we talk with someone by phone?+
Does BCBSRI fund indirect costs?+
What is the range of grant amounts?+


Since the BlueAngel Community Health Grants program began, we’ve awarded $3,430,096 to 65 organizations, which has helped more than 268,000 Rhode Islanders. See our most recent grant recipients.

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