Thursday, January 12, 2017

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Nonprofit organizations can apply for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Award grants that add up to a total of $87,000, which the company has allocated to help fund health and wellness programs in upstate New York.

Nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations in Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s 31-county upstate New York region are invited to apply for an award of up to $4,000 each. The award can be used for programs that have clear goals to improve the health or health care of a specific population. Programs that improve the health status of the community, reduce the incidence of specific diseases, promote health education and further overall wellness will be considered.

“The company’s Community Health Awards demonstrate a corporate commitment to support local organizations that share our mission as a nonprofit health plan,” said Jim Reed, regional president, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. “These awards complement our existing grants and sponsorships with agencies that work to enhance quality of life, including health status, in upstate New York.”

The deadline to submit an application to be considered for an Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Award is Feb. 5. Applications and additional information are available online by clicking here or emailing Community.Health.Awards.CNY@Excellus.com. Organizations in Cayuga, Cortland, Onondaga, Oswego or Tompkins counties are asked to email the completed application to Community.Health.Awards.CNY@ Excellus.com. Applications received after Feb. 5 will not be considered. Awards will be announced in March.

Last year, seven Central New York organizations were selected from more than 242 submitted applications in the 31-county upstate New York region. The winning Central New York organizations were Bike Walk Tompkins at the Center for Transformative Action, Ithaca; Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency, Auburn; Clear Path for Veterans, Chittenango; Dairy Council Health Foundation, North Syracuse; REACH CNY, Syracuse; St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center Foundation, Syracuse; and YWCA of Cortland.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s 31-county region includes:  Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Clinton,  Cortland, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Otsego, Oswego, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, St. Lawrence, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates counties

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