The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) Foundation’s Special Initiatives grant program provides organizations with a one-time grant of up to $50,000 to pilot or launch a new project over a one-year period.
Donor Name: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation
County: All Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: Up to $50,000
Grant Duration: 1 year
Special Initiative grants are intended to fund projects which empower communities to advance health equity at the community level. Projects should positively impact the health or health care related needs of those Massachusetts residents who have been economically, socially, culturally, or racially marginalized. If successful, it is hoped that these projects can be sustained, scaled, and potentially, replicated.
The goal of the Foundation’s Special Initiative grant program is to make funding available to Massachusetts organizations that have an idea that they’d like to pilot or launch that is aligned with the mission of the Foundation but doesn’t necessarily fit within the grant programs for which the Foundation issues more specific RFPs.
Special Initiative grant proposals must align with one or more of the Foundation’s three focus areas:
- Access to health coverage and care
- Access to behavioral health services
- Elimination of structural racism and racial inequities in health
Projects must serve the Foundation’s populations of focus: Massachusetts residents who are economically, racially, culturally, or socially marginalized
The Special Initiatives grant program provides organizations with a one-time grant of up to $50,000 to pilot or launch a new project over a one-year period.
- Organizations with a 501c (3) tax-exempt nonprofit designation from the IRS or operate under the fiscal sponsorship of a tax-exempt nonprofit.
- Organizations that primarily serve people who have been socially, economically, culturally, or racially marginalized.
- Organizations proposing projects that align with the mission and focus areas of the Foundation.
- The Foundation is especially interested in funding organizations that are people of color-led and/or whose leadership reflects the demographic composition and lived experiences of the communities they serve.
For more information, visit BCBSMA.