BlueAngel Community Health Grants

At Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, our vision is to passionately lead a state of health and well-being across Rhode Island. The BlueAngel Community Health Grant program – an annual, competitive grant program – allows us to further our vision by addressing critical health issues in Rhode Island. We achieve this by partnering with community–based agencies that are trying to improve the health of Rhode Islanders. This funding program is the cornerstone of our community investment activities at BCBSRI, and we are proud of the organizations we have worked with and the results achieved since it began 20 years ago.

Our BlueAngel Community Health Grant program for 2023 seeks to fund initiatives that support access to safe and affordable housing.

BCBSRI is proud to partner with the Brown University School of Public Health on the RI Life Index, an annual statewide survey which captures Rhode Islanders’ perceptions of social determinants of health and well-being. Since its inception in 2019, the RI Life Index has consistently demonstrated that access to safe and affordable housing is a significant barrier to Rhode Islanders’ ability to live healthy lives.

BCBSRI is interested in the ways in which community- based organizations are responding to our statewide need for safe and affordable housing and working to make communities more accessible for all Rhode Islanders. By investing in safe an affordable housing, we hope to improve health outcomes for Rhode Islanders and decrease healthcare costs, particularly for low-income and underserved populations.

Through our BlueAngel Community Health Grant program, we aim to:

  • Fund organizations and programs that will result in more Rhode Islanders being able to afford safe, healthy and stable housing
  • Increase awareness about safe, affordable housing as a shared public concern, underscoring why housing matters and its connection to overall health.
  • Highlight solutions and amplify effective models to support access to safe and affordable housing by funding proven and replicable local- and state-level initiatives, with an emphasis on collaborations across different sectors.

We are particularly interested programs that support people accessing housing in their desired community, such as:

  • Efforts in cities and towns that have not yet met their goal of 10% affordable Low and Moderate-Income Housing stock as set forth by Rhode Island State Law 45-53.
  • Older Rhode Islanders’ ability to age in place.
  • Young people’s ability to build and establish themselves as part of their desired community.

How to apply

Interested in submitting a request for event sponsorship, program support, or general support? Please take a minute to review our Charitable Contributions Policy.

If you meet the eligibility requirements and believe your request is aligned with our areas of focus, please submit your LOI here. LOIs submitted by Friday, 5 de agosto, 2022 at 5 PM will be reviewed and select organizations will be invited to submit a full proposal. You’ll be notified of a decision by email.

Application Process

  • Rhode Island nonprofit agencies invited to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI)
  • LOIs reviewed by BCBSRI LOI Review Subcommittee to determine which programs best fit the criteria of the BACHG program
  • Selected agencies invited to submit full proposals for funding
  • Site visits were conducted by Community Relations staff with each of the finalist organizations and all information from those visits is provided to the Grant Review Committee to assist in the review process

If you have any questions, please email BlueAngel.News@bcbsri.org.

We’re grateful to partner with these organizations for our 2022 grant program:

Perguntas frequentes

Organizations are eligible for grants from Blue Cross if they have qualified for exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code or are public instrumentalities (e.g., a government entity). Grants are not awarded to individuals. Private foundations [as defined by Section 509(a) of the Code] are not eligible for funding.

Blue Cross provides funding for existing, new, and expanding programs.

Yes, as they relate to a specific program. For instance, we would be unlikely to fund ABC nonprofit’s executive director position, but more likely to fund personnel costs associated with a program (such as a counselor to provide nutrition classes).

An organization may not apply for more than one BlueAngel Community Health grant during the year. Applicants who receive a grant may not submit another letter of intent or proposal for funding the same program within the same year. Applicants who are not approved for funding are welcome to reapply in the next grant cycle.

Blue Cross is not currently making multiyear grant awards. However, applicants who receive funding may apply for second-year transitional funding.

Yes, as long as the proposed effort is not for religious purposes.

Sim. However, we prefer to be a funding partner along with other sources of revenue. We believe an application is strengthened by seeking multiple sources of support (as this is a key indicator of sustainability).

Blue Cross will fund acquisition of equipment as it relates to a specific program, but is unlikely to fund equipment alone. Please note that we typically do not fund construction (e.g., bricks and mortar).

Blue Cross will not fund projects or programs of fraternal or religious organizations where the primary beneficiaries are members of these organizations. We also do not contribute to organizations seeking contributions for advertising space, tickets, or sponsorship of dinners, fundraising events, or promotional materials. Additionally, the BACHG program does not fund requests from hospitals.

No, but we fund agencies that can help individuals.

While Blue Cross does not have a strict policy against indirect costs, we do not look favorably upon applications that request excessive costs in this area. Projects requesting funding for direct service or program-related costs (e.g., supplies, education materials, salaries) are viewed more favorably.

There is no maximum or minimum grant amount. Historically, funding amounts have ranged from $25,000 per year to $75,000 per year.

Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE)

Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE)

DARE’s Tenant and Homeowner Association (THA) conducts door-to-door and other in-person outreach to low-moderate income tenants and homeowners living in Providence and Rhode Island’s communities of color, offering legal and support services to prevent evictions and displacement, ensure healthy housing conditions, and build community ownership and control of land and housing.

Housing Network of Rhode Island

Housing Network of Rhode Island

The Housing Network of Rhode Island (HNRI) will add a dedicated community organizer to build the capacity of Homes RI, a multi-sector collaborative effort to increase the supply of safe, healthy, and affordable homes across Rhode Island.

NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley

NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley

NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley will deploy a full-time resident services coordinator to work one-on-one with 686 Woonsocket residents, developing a clear plan for their time in NeighborWorks housing and a trusted ally to connect them with necessary resources.

ONE Neighborhood Builders

ONE Neighborhood Builders

ONE|NB will develop the Sanctuary at Valley Falls, a 42-unit affordable housing development in Cumberland. Twelve apartments in this development will be designated for nursing home diversion, providing older adults the opportunity to age strong in community. ONE|NB will convene public-sector partners, work with architects and designers, secure social service providers, and consult with prospective older adult residents to advance toward construction.

Pawtucket Central Falls Development

Pawtucket Central Falls Development

Decide Tu Futuro will expand PCF Development's homeownership programming to increase Latinx homeownership and financial equity in Pawtucket and Central Falls. This pilot project will include financial education classes taught exclusively in Spanish that focus on equity, housing stability and financial fitness.

Rhode Island Coalition to End Homelessness

Rhode Island Coalition to End Homelessness

The Coalition will implement the state’s first social impact bond, Pay for Success (PFS); expand multisector health and housing partnerships through data mapping, environmental scans, and stakeholder interviews; and elevate needs and solutions to improve the health, safety and well-being of Rhode Islanders through policy, advocacy and direct capacity expansion in the system.

Perguntas frequentes

Organizations are eligible for grants from Blue Cross if they have qualified for exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code or are public instrumentalities (e.g., a government entity). Grants are not awarded to individuals. Private foundations [as defined by Section 509(a) of the Code] are not eligible for funding.

Blue Cross provides funding for existing, new, and expanding programs.

Yes, as they relate to a specific program. For instance, we would be unlikely to fund ABC nonprofit’s executive director position, but more likely to fund personnel costs associated with a program (such as a counselor to provide classes or housing navigation support services).

An organization may not apply for more than one BlueAngel Community Health grant during the year. Applicants who receive a grant may not submit another letter of intent or proposal for funding the same program within the same year. Applicants who are not approved for funding are welcome to reapply in the next grant cycle.

Blue Cross is not currently making multiyear grant awards. However, applicants who receive funding may apply for second-year transitional funding.

Yes, as long as the proposed effort is not for religious purposes.

Sim. However, we prefer to be a funding partner along with other sources of revenue. We believe an application is strengthened by seeking multiple sources of support (as this is a key indicator of sustainability).

Blue Cross will fund acquisition of equipment as it relates to a specific program, but is unlikely to fund equipment alone. Please note that we typically do not fund construction (e.g., bricks and mortar).

Blue Cross will not fund projects or programs of fraternal or religious organizations where the primary beneficiaries are members of these organizations. We also do not contribute to organizations seeking contributions for advertising space, tickets, or sponsorship of dinners, fundraising events, or promotional materials. Additionally, the BACHG program does not fund requests from hospitals.

No, but we fund agencies that can help individuals.

While Blue Cross does not have a strict policy against indirect costs, we do not look favorably upon applications that request excessive costs in this area. Projects requesting funding for direct service or program-related costs (e.g., supplies, education materials, salaries) are viewed more favorably.

There is no maximum or minimum grant amount. Historically, funding amounts have ranged from $25,000 per year to $75,000 per year.

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