Proposal Development Award

This program helps nonprofit, community-based service organizations develop proposals to seek funding for health care projects.

It offers awards up to $3,500 to help nonprofits with the development of new grant proposals. Nonprofits can use these funds to develop proposals for public agencies or private, community or corporate foundations.


Applicants must be Michigan-based nonprofit community organizations. 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.

Already-completed proposals are not eligible for funding. 

Award funds are restricted to proposal development costs, such as technical assistance, freelance proposal writers and related proposal development costs.


We accept applications at any time.

Proposal requirements

We review grant applications for the following criteria:

  • The relevance of the project to a health-related issue in Michigan
  • The chances of being awarded a grant by the specified funder

Application instructions

An application must include the following:

  • Completed application form (PDF)
  • Signed terms and conditions (PDF)
  • One-to-three page, double-spaced proposal, which must include:
    • Description of the project
    • Budget for the project
    • Estimate of the total cost of the project
    • Explanation of why your organization needs funding assistance to develop the proposal
  • List of the funding organizations to which you intend to apply
  • Information about your organization, including its mission, history and services
  • Resume of the project director and other key personnel
  • Copy of the most recent Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) federal tax exemption letter
  • Copy of the organization's most recent tax return or audited financial statement

Completed applications should be emailed to