The BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina Foundation is accepting applications to support community-based organizations with deep connections and accountability to the communities they serve in expanding their ability to advocate for systems and policy change, resulting in increased access to healthy food for those most food insecure.
Donor Name: BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina Foundation
State: North Carolina
County: All Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: Up to $300,000
Grant Duration: 3 years
Food security, or more specifically consistent access to affordable and nutritious food, has significant bearing on physical, mental, and cognitive health outcomes. Despite North Carolina being a leading agricultural state with a robust farm and food community, more than 1.2 million people (1 in 8) who live in state are food insecure. And many populations and communities are disproportionately impacted.
These grants aim to strengthen organizational capacity to elevate and share perspectives as experts; build relationships with local and state level advocates and decision makers; and ultimately influence system change priorities and actions that reflect the needs, and insights, of those who experience the greatest barriers to accessible and healthy food.
The following are required to be considered for funding.
- Addressing food insecurity– eligible organizations will serve communities and populations impacted by high rates of food insecurity and lack of access to healthy food.
- Focused, even moderately, on local policy and systems change– eligible organizations will have specific policy and/or systems change priorities to address food insecurity and break down barriers to healthy food.
- Grounded in community– eligible organizations will be deeply connected to community, such as:
- Organizational priorities center the community in which they are working.
- Inclusion of community members in the organization’s decision-making and operations.
As part of overall commitment to increase access to healthy food for those most food insecure, and to grow the network of community organizations working to achieve this, they are issuing a three-year, up to $300,000 ($100,000 per year, per organization) grant opportunity. This opportunity will support up to 14 locally focused, community-based organizations to enhance their ability to affect the policy and systemic changes needed to address the root causes of food insecurity for those most impacted.
- There are no limitations or minimum requirements with regard to an entities’ operating budget. Organizations of all sizes are eligible to apply.
- Nonprofit organization that is exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is classified as “not a private foundation” under Section 509(a).
- Fiscally sponsored program– A group or project with a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization acting as a fiscal sponsor. Please note that the fiscal sponsor is considered the grantee and is responsible for all legal aspects of the project including reporting and financial management.
- Coalitions– Applications involving more than one group or organization are welcome; however, one organization will be the recipient of the grant and must be an established 501(c)(3) nonprofit or fiscally sponsored organization. Organizations and coalitions of any size are eligible to apply if the other eligibility criteria have been met.
For more information, visit BCBSNCF.