Grant Programs

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation board of directors meets to review grant proposals in March, July and November. At each board meeting, we typically consider the proposals received at least five months before. So, if you’re trying for a grant in November, you should submit your proposal in June.

Application tips: You can find application forms at the end of each program brochure. You can type your information right into the PDF if you want. Once you fill out the form, send a copy to us following the instructions on the application. Please remember to number each page of your proposal narrative.

Here are the grants we offer:


Excellence in Research Award for Students brochure

Enhancing Primary Care in Michigan's Safety Net Organizations

  • Who’s this grant for? All free clinics, hybrid clinics, federally qualified health centers, look-alike health centers, rural health clinics and tribal health centers.

  • How much is this grant? $250,000, for up to two years.

  • When's the application due? We'll review letters of interest by April 1, 2014. We'll select organizations to send in full proposals that will be due May 1, 2014.


Community Health Matching Program brochure

Community Health Matching Program

  • Who’s this grant for? Nonprofit community organizations who develop, use and evaluate new ways to solve community health problems.

  • How much is this grant? Up to $25,000 a year for two years. You’ll need matching funds based on the size of your organization’s budget and the percent of Medicaid and uninsured patients your organization serves.

  • When’s the application due? We accept applications for this grant all year.


Excellence in Research Award for Students brochure

Excellence in Research Award for Students

  • Who’s this award for? Doctoral candidates or medical students at Michigan universities who publish research papers that contribute to health policy or clinical care.

  • How much is this award? $1,000 for first place, $750 for second place and $500 for third place

  • When are nominations due? Jan. 1


Frank J. McDevitt, DO, Excellence in Research Awards for Health Services, Policy & Clinical Care brochure

Frank J. McDevitt, DO, Excellence in Research Awards for Health Services, Policy & Clinical Care

  • Who’s this award for? Michigan-based researchers and doctors who have published research that contributes to improving health care in Michigan.

  • How much is this award? $10,000

  • When are nominations due? Jan. 1


Investigator Initiated Research Program brochure

Investigator Initiated Research Program

  • Who’s this award for? Researchers focusing on applied projects designed to improve the quality, cost and access to health care in Michigan.

  • How much is this award? $50,000 to $75,000 per year. If your project is exceptional, we’ll consider increasing the funding or extending it over multiple years.

  • When are nominations due? We accept applications for this grant all year.


Physician Investigator Research Award brochure

Physician-Investigator Research Award

  • Who’s this award for? Doctors who propose research related to quality, cost or access to care for Michigan residents.

  • How much is this award? $10,000

  • When are nominations due? We accept applications for this award all year.


Proposal Development Award brochure

Proposal Development Award

  • Who’s this award for? Nonprofit community organizations who need help developing high-quality, effective grant proposals for innovative services that will improve the health of the community.

  • How much is this award? $3,500

  • When are nominations due? We accept applications for this award all year.


Student Award Program brochure

Student Award Program

  • Who’s this award for? Doctoral and medical students at Michigan universities who research health care topics, including demonstration and evaluation projects and pilot programs.

  • How much is this award? $3,000

  • When are nominations due? April 30

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