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Frequently Asked Questions

  • The foundation awards grants through a competitive application and review process.

    To be considered for funding, an organization must meet all eligibility criteria for the specific funding opportunity, as outlined in its guidelines; and prospective grantees must complete an online application, including all required documents.

  • Open funding opportunities are announced on this website and through the Blue & You e-newsletter. We encourage you to sign up for the e-newsletters using the link at the bottom of the page to receive funding alerts and learn more about the Foundation and the work of our grantees.

  • Programs and projects should address community issues related to health, well-being, and/or education and offer a solution to the issue(s) by bringing together and working with community partners and funders. Particular emphasis will be given to projects focused on medical condition innovation, behavioral health, social determinants of health, maternal and pediatric health, health equity and whole person health. Programs and organizations should also demonstrate operational and financial viability.

    • Capital campaigns or endowments
    • Large construction projects or large equipment purchases
    • Organizations that have previously received two years of funding for a project must apply for something outside of that scope of work.
    • Health fairs, conferences or conference attendance fees
    • Sponsorships or fundraising events
    • Programs that are specifically tobacco related. Because of the availability of funding in Arkansas from the Tobacco Settlement, the Foundation will not fund proposals that are principally tobacco related.
    • Programs that request funding for indirect costs or for the organization
    • Organizations or governmental agencies must be Arkansas-based (or if the applying organization is located outside of Arkansas, the project to be funded must specifically benefit Arkansans). Check your organization’s status here: https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/corps/search_all.php
    • Any 501(c)(3) public charity
    • Public schools, colleges and universities
    • City, county and state governmental agencies
    • Religious organizations are eligible, but the program cannot support theological functions or religious purposes.
    • Individuals
    • Organizations cannot be a private foundation under IRC § 509(a)
    • Political or lobbying organizations
    • Athletes or athletic teams
    • Beauty Pageants
    • Greek or fraternal organizations
    • Organizations cannot be in a contractual relationship with Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, its subsidiaries, or affiliates.
  • A “contractual relationship” is defined as an arrangement whereby an organization has a contract to provide a service or product to the corporate entities of Arkansas Blue Cross, its subsidiaries, or affiliates (in the nature of a “vendor” relationship). Such a relationship would make the organization ineligible for a foundation grant.

    Organizations whose sole relationship is that of purchasing health insurance for its employees from Arkansas Blue Cross, its subsidiaries, or affiliates (in the nature of a “customer” relationship), and do not provide a service or product to these corporate entities, are not considered to have a “contractual relationship” within this definition, and therefore are eligible for grants, if other eligibility criteria are met.

    Also, an organization that has a contractual relationship to provide a service or product to individuals or groups that have health insurance through Arkansas Blue Cross, its subsidiaries, or affiliates (in the nature of a “provider” relationship), are eligible to receive grants, if other eligibility criteria are met. For example, participating providers (physicians or hospitals) are not considered ineligible simply because they provide a service to individuals insured through Arkansas Blue Cross, its subsidiaries, or affiliates.

    An exception to the “provider” guideline above involves those several hospitals which have a joint venture contractual relationship with Arkansas Blue Cross, its subsidiaries, or affiliates. A grant application from a joint venture hospital would be ineligible. However, a qualifying Foundation of such a joint venture hospital could be eligible to apply for a grant if other eligibility criteria are met.

    In summary, “vendors” are ineligible, but “customers” and “providers” as defined above are generally eligible for grants, if other eligibility criteria are met.

  • Regular Grant applications are due on July 15 at midnight. There is no advantage to applying early.

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