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 paper (PDF) to foundation@bcbsm.com for feedback before submitting a full proposal.

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. 13, 2017  April 12, 2017
March 10, 2017 July 12, 2017
July 14, 2017 Nov. 8, 2017

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 10-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 source
    • Expected project results and impact of the project
    • Sustainability plan
  • List of committed or requested matching funds
  • Detailed budget with justifications
  • 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.