Frequently Asked Questions

Applying for a grant

What documents do I need to include with my application?

It depends on the grant. Go to that grant program page for the specific documentation you’ll need.

You don’t have to send a letter of inquiry, but we suggest you submit a concept paper (PDF) for helpful feedback before submitting a full proposal.

Can I apply for multiple grants?

No, we’ll only consider one application at a time.

In the budget section, should I let you know if I plan to contribute some funds myself?

It isn’t required, but we do encourage it because it shows how much you’re willing to support yourself.

Do you pay for indirect or administrative costs?

No, we don’t pay for either.

How will I know you received my application?

You'll receive an email confirmation from foundation@bcbsm.com.

 

Understanding the grant decision process

How will I know if you've accepted my proposal?

We’ll notify you via email once we've made a decision.

Can I request a change to the project’s budget?

No, after we accept your original budget request, we won’t change the budget in the future. However, if you need your funds transferred from one category to another, email us your request. Make sure to include a completed budget adjustment form (PDF).

Can I request a no-cost extension of the grant project's end date? 

Yes, if you need a no-cost extension, email us your request and include the duration of the extension and your reason for it.

 

Receiving grant payments

What do I need to do to receive my first payment?

You have to meet the criteria detailed on your award letter, and you will need to complete Automated Clearing House Form, or ACH Form. We'll give you the ACH form along with with your award letter.

How will I receive payments?

We deposit payments through electronic fund transfers, or EFT, to your checking or savings account. We can’t make payments by check. Your award letter will have detailed information about your grant payments, including how many you should expect to receive.

We’ll notify you via email when we send you a payment.