Excellus seeks applications from Utica/North Country nonprofits for $55k in community-health awards

Monday, October 23, 2017

Source: CNYBJ

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is seeking applications from nonprofit organizations in the Utica/North Country and Rochester regions for a total of $55,000 in community-health grants.

Nonprofits in Excellus’s 14-county Utica/North Country region and six-county Rochester region are invited to apply for awards of up to $4,000 each, the health insurer said in a Sept. 21 news release.

The health plan’s 14-county Utica/North Country region includes Clinton, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego and St. Lawrence counties.

Rochester–based Excellus is Central New York’s largest health insurer.

“Excellus BCBS supports the community-health awards because of the potential to improve the health of so many people in our communities, whether they’re inner city students overcome by trauma, refugees growing their own food at an urban farm, or rural teenagers looking for a safe and educational after-school program,” Holly Snow, director of community-health engagement at Excellus, said. Organizations can use the award for programs that have “clear goals” to improve the health or health care of a specific population.

For the fall 2017 awards, Excellus will also consider funding nonprofits that are pursuing a new or innovative approach to improving community health.

“It can be hard for a small nonprofit to find the funds needed to try an innovative idea,” said Snow. “We’re hopeful that our community-health awards will provide at least one nonprofit with the support needed to launch a fresh approach to a critical health problem.”

The deadline to submit an application for consideration is Oct. 10.

Additional information and the online application are available at the following website.


Excellus expects to issue a total of $165,000 in community health awards by the end of 2017.

Earlier this year, the health insurer awarded $110,000 in grants to 36 nonprofits from throughout its entire 31-county upstate New York operating area, Excellus said.

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