Community Health Matching Grant Program

This program supports nonprofit community organizations that develop, implement and evaluate new approaches to health care issues.

The award offers up to $25,000 per year for two years.

We encourage potential grantees to submit a concept form (PDF) to foundation@bcbsm.com for feedback before submitting a full proposal. We also encourage potential grantees to review the matching evaluation (PDF) to know what to expect for the evaluation of your grant.

Eligibility

Applicants must be nonprofit organizations based in Michigan.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan employees and their immediate family members are ineligible. Employees of any BCBSM affiliate and their immediate family members also are ineligible.

Matching funds are required based on the size of the organization’s budget as well as the percent of Medicaid and uninsured patients served.

For nonprofits with a budget of less than $10 million:

  • If less than 30 percent of your organization's patient population is on Medicaid or uninsured, we require a 25 percent match.
  • If more than 30 percent of your organization's patient population is on Medicaid or uninsured, we require a 10 percent match.

For nonprofits with a budget of more than $10 million:

  • If less than 30 percent of your organization's patient population is on Medicaid or uninsured, we require a 60 percent match.
  • If more than 30 percent of your organization's patient population is on Medicaid or uninsured, we require a 25 percent match.

Deadline

We accept applications at any time. However, we review applications three times per year at our board meetings.

Deadline guidelines
Applications accepted until: Applications reviewed:
Jan. 5, 2018 April 18, 2018
April 6, 2018 July 18, 2018
Aug. 3, 2018 Nov. 14, 2018

We'll email applicants a funding decision within 10 business days of our board meetings.

Proposal requirements

We review grant applications for the following criteria:

  • Project sustainability
  • Potential for replication
  • Significance and risk-level of the target population
  • Level of impact on Michigan health and health care

Application instructions

An application must include the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Completed application form (PDF)
  • Signed terms and conditions (PDF)
  • Up to 8-page, double-spaced proposal
    • Character and scope of problem being addressed
    • Description of intervention and its implementation
    • Evaluation plan including methodology, staff responsible for evaluation, description of variables to be used and their data and staff responsible for evaluation.
    • Expected project results and impact of the project
    • Sustainability plan
  • List of committed or requested matching funds
  • Detailed budget with justifications
  • Funds requested, anticipated or provided by other sources for the same or similar project proposes must be described in detail on an attached sheet and referenced in a cover letter. 
  • The Foundation does not pay for indirect costs with the exception of limited fringe benefits. The allowable fringe benefit expense may not exceed the lesser of 25 percent of the salary subtotal figure or the actual cost of the fringe benefits. Fringe benefits include health, person and/or medical benefits.
  • The following are not supported by this funding program: computer equipment, including hardware and software, unless they are directly related to the aim of the proposed project. Other costs that are ineligible include capital expenses.
  • Conference travel is limited to $1,000.
  • Resume of the project director and other key personnel
  • Copy of the organization’s federal tax exemption letter
  • Copy of the organization's most recent tax return or audited financial statement

Completed applications should be emailed to foundation@bcbsm.com.