Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) today announced that it is now accepting applications for its 2010 BlueAngel Community Health Grant program. This annual program grants funding to nonprofits for initiatives that improve the health of Rhode Islanders in need.
"Our goal is to fund projects and initiatives that are closely aligned with our corporate vision," said Linda Newton, BCBSRI's vice president of community relations, corporate social responsibility and diversity. "With this, all funded programs must strive to maintain or increase access to healthcare for the uninsured and underinsured in Rhode Island, with a particular focus on minority populations."
BCBSRI's BlueAngel Community Health Grants provide funding for new, existing, and expanding health-focused programs across Rhode Island. To qualify, organizations must be tax-exempt with 501(c)(3) status. Examples of programs that should consider applying are those that offer direct healthcare services, healthcare education, or navigation of the healthcare system including coverage options, and maintenance and prevention of chronic illnesses prevalent within minority populations.
Applicants can find a comprehensive list of eligibility requirements, grant program information, frequently asked questions, and an online letter of intent (LOI) form by visiting the Health Grants page on BCBSRI.com. The submission deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2009.
BCBSRI accepts and reviews proposals for the BlueAngel Community Health Grant program once a year. Each LOI received will be reviewed to determine its compliance with eligibility and funding priorities, and BCBSRI will notify applicants of its decision to invite a full proposal approximately 30 days before the deadline. Grant award winners will be notified in December with funding to begin in January 2010.
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is the state's leading health insurer and covers more than 600,000 members. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.