Request for Proposal

Eligibility

Because we change this program's topic yearly, eligibility varies. In 2020, this grant focuses on non-profit organizations that provide direct treatment services to Michigan’s health-disparate populations, including: Federally-Qualified Health Centers and Look-Alikes, Rural Health Centers, Tribal Health Centers, other safety net health clinics with capacity to bill third party payers, school-based and school-linked health centers.

Suicide is a large and growing public health concern in the U.S. and in Michigan, affecting all age groups and some population groups more than others. Suicide is often associated with mental health disorders, but research from the CDC shows that more than half of people who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition. There's no one cause of suicide. It's a complex issue that is often the result of feelings of hopelessness and despair.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, Michigan Health Endowment Fund, Children’s Foundation and the Ethel & James Flinn Foundation are partnering on a new initiative called Suicide Prevention Support for Health Care Clinics Working with Michigan’s Health-Disparate Populations. Through this program we will assist healthcare clinicians and behavioral health specialists to implement sustainable, evidence-based practices that address the growing epidemic of suicide in Michigan.

The initiative will support projects in up to 12 organizations in Michigan over 18 months to identify and implement actions to prevent suicide attempts and reduce suicide deaths. Grants will range from $50,000 to a maximum of $75,000 and will be used to support elements of a comprehensive evidence-based suicide prevention protocol. Further program details and eligibility criteria can be found in the RFP linked below.

Email applications in a single PDF to innovations@bcbsm.com by Sept. 15, 2020. Put the name of your organization in the subject line of the email. We’ll acknowledge receipt of applications by email within 72 hours. We can’t accept paper copies.

Deadline

Proposals must be received by Sept. 15, 2020 and final decisions will be announced by the end of November. Information about the program and how to apply can be found under Application instructions. The same information is available on bcbsm.com/innovations and bcbsm.com/foundation.

Application instructions

  1. Download and complete the coversheet PDF.
  2. Create a separate proposal document in Microsoft Word, making sure it addresses the following sections. You may write up to 10 pages, double-spaced. Please use 12 point font and one inch margins.
    1. Title of the project (10 words maximum)
    2. Brief summary and purpose of the project (300 words maximum)
    3. Why is addressing suicide important to your organization?
    4. Total amount requested
    5. Project goal(s) and objectives: state the project objectives concisely
    6. Community description. Please describe the targeted population of the project, including data on age, gender and racial/ethnic demographics. For the racial and ethnic populations that will be affected, provide your best estimate of the percentage of the total people of each population
    7. Description of the project and how the funding will support the objectives. Please include any current program efforts and recent funding relevant to the project.
    8. Timeline and work plan to accomplish objectives
    9. Expected impact: If possible, quantify the expected impact and how you will assess success. What measures will you collect to monitor and report your progress and outcomes?
    10. Budget and budget justification for the project (not included in 10-page limit)
    11. CVs, or resumes, of key staff and project leaders (not included in 10-page count)

Completed applications should be sent to innovations@bcbsm.com. Include the name of your organization in the email subject line.