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Grants to North Carolina State and Regional Nonprofits to Collaborate
with CBOs to Advance Health Equity and System-Level Change

Promoting Community Priorities for Recovery Funds

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation (Blue Cross NC Foundation)

Deadline Date:

05/13/22 5:00 PM EST

Description:

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Grants to North Carolina state and regional nonprofit organizations to collaborate with community-based organizations to further health equity and system-level change. The goals of this program are to ensure that the perspectives of CBOs working directly with those experiencing inequities are represented in local ARPA planning and strategy development efforts and to promote an approach to planning and funding allocation that identifies and addresses the systemic factors that create barriers to health and health equity. Eligible applicants have an active partnership with local CBOs and priority will be given to applicants that currently work with communities of color and rural communities.

The Blue Cross NC Foundation is issuing a funding opportunity to support regional and state-level organizations (“intermediaries”) to work with local stakeholders to support community-identified ARPA priorities at the county and municipal level to promote health equity and system-level change.  

Additionally, the Blue Cross NC Foundation seeks to identify and spread effective tools, practices, and approaches through resource sharing among grantees and their CBO partners. Over time, the Foundation will work with grantees identified through this funding opportunity to develop a platform that will promote broader awareness and utilization of tools and resources they have found to be effective. This work will be further developed in partnership and consultation with the selected grantees and funded through a separate process.

The primary goals of this funding opportunity are to ensure that perspectives of community-based organizations working directly with those experiencing inequities are represented in local ARPA planning and strategy development efforts and to promote an approach to planning and funding allocation that identifies and addresses the systemic factors that create barriers to health and health equity.

More specifically, this funding opportunity aims to support state and regionally focused capacity-building intermediaries working with a targeted network of community-based organizations with whom there is a pre-existing relationship and a mutual desire to partner on this project to:

  • Facilitate technical assistance and consultation to community-based organizations to develop new partnerships and practices to address systemic barriers to good health.
  • Share examples of effective models and approaches across counties and issue areas.
  • Where possible, target efforts in communities directly related to the Foundation’s focus areas such as healthy food, oral health, and early childhood.

Intermediaries: In the context of this funding opportunity, an intermediary is a state-level or regional (multi-county) organization that has the capacity to provide policy, advocacy, and communications support to community-based organizations and the capacity to regrant funding.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 202667

Number of Grants:

The Blue Cross NC Foundation is issuing a funding opportunity to support up to five regional and state-level organizations (“intermediaries”)

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Blue Cross NC Foundation is issuing a funding opportunity for $300,000 grants (up to $150,000 per organization per year). Of this funding, up to $100,000 a year is available to support technical assistance provided by the grantee/intermediary and $50,000 a year is available to support mini-grants to their community-based organization (CBO) partners.

Term of Contract:

Two years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This funding opportunity is open to North Carolina-based regional or state-level intermediaries that currently provide technical assistance in partnership with North Carolina community-based organizations, and fiscally sponsored programs.

Additional eligibility considerations:
- Applicants should have an active partnership with local community-based organizations, with priority for those that currently work with communities of color and rural communities.

Types of Eligible Organizations:
- A nonprofit organization that is exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
- A fiscally sponsored program – A group or project with a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization acting as a fiscal sponsor:
- The fiscal sponsor is responsible for all legal aspects of the organization or project.
- The fiscal sponsor is considered the grantee by the Foundation and agrees to be accountable to the Foundation for programmatic and financial outcomes of the grant.

Pre-Application Information:

Submission Deadline: May 13, 2022, by 5:00 p.m. EST

Timeline:
- Funding opportunity opens April 12, 2022
- Questions due via email April 22, 2022
- FAQs posted online May 3, 2022
- Proposal submissions due May 13, 2022
- LOI decision notifications May 20, 2022
- Finalist interviews May 25 – June 6, 2022
- Grantees selected and notified July, 2022

Part 1:
All applicants will complete an online letter of interest (LOI) to provide information about the organization’s experience and network and their approach to supporting the ARPA priorities of community partners.
Part 2:
The review team will invite a smaller number of applicants to submit additional organizational and financial details and participate in a conversation with Foundation staff to dive deeper into the organization’s programming and capacity, community context, and the proposed work. Specific questions will be shared in advance of these conversations. Applicants will be notified by early July whether their proposal has been approved for funding.

Potential applicants are invited to email Valerie Stewart or Rob Thompson with questions about this initiative by April 22, 2022. The Foundation will publish a written Frequently Asked Questions document on its website by May 2, 2022.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application portal: https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_1303?SA=SNA&FID=35157

For questions about this funding initiative contact:
- Valerie Stewart at valerie.stewart@bcbsncfoundation.org
- Rob Thompson at rob.thompson@bcbsncfoundation.org

For questions about the proposal submission process contact:
- Lasindra Webb at lasindra.webb@bcbsncfoundation.org

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Geographic Focus:

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