How do I apply for a Strengthening the Safety Net grant?

Who is this for?

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Michigan clinics that provide free health or dental care to uninsured and underinsured residents.

Because Blue Cross believes that health care and healthy communities go together, we give a hand to free health clinics in Michigan. 

Our Strengthening the Safety Net grants help clinics reach low-income residents who might not get care otherwise. If you’d like to apply for a grant, here’s the information you need.

Grant eligibility and categories

Your clinic is eligible to apply if it:

  • Provides free or low-cost health care for uninsured and underinsured individuals including medical, dental, mental health, vision, pharmacy and specialty care services
  • Has volunteer workers

Strengthening the Safety Net grantees are expected to reach out to local emergency rooms to help reduce unnecessary emergency room use and help address mental health and substance abuse, food access and more. Details are included in the Request for Applications.

Your clinic can apply for a Strengthening the Safety Net grant in one of the following categories:

  • Clinic Operations: Clinics that provide episodic care and serve more than 100 uninsured or underinsured patients annually may apply for up to $15,000 for operations.
  • Medical Homes: Clinics that serve as health care or dental homes and are open for at least 30 hours per week or bill Medicaid are eligible for up to $25,000 to support team-based care. Awards at this level require a $10,000 match.

Final award amounts will be based on the number of applications received, the scope of applications submitted, and the amount of funding available.

How to apply

Please review the Request for Applications, frequently asked questions, and conditions of grant and then click on the button below to complete the online application.  Be sure to have the attachments ready to upload into the application. They are listed in the Request for Applications.

Completed applications are due by June 26, 2020.

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