Community Health Award Applications from North Country Welcomed by Excellus

Nonprofits in Utica/North Country Region Can Apply by Oct. 10 for up to $4,000 each

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Nonprofit organizations in the Utica/North Country and Rochester regions of upstate New York can apply for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Award grants that total $55,000.

community health awardNonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations in Excellus BCBS’s 14-county Utica/North Country region and six-county Rochester region are invited to apply for awards of up to $4,000 each.

Excellus BCBS expects to issue a total of $165,000 in Community Health Awards by the end of 2017. Earlier this year, the health plan awarded $110,000 in grants to 36 nonprofits from throughout its entire 31-county upstate New York operating area.

“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,” said Holly Snow, Excellus’ director of community health engagement.

The award can be used for programs that have clear goals to improve the health or health care of a specific population. For the fall 2017 awards, Excellus BCBS 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,” Snow said. “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 to be considered for an Excellus BCBS Community Health Award is Tuesday, Oct. 10. For additional information and the online application, click here.

Spring 2017 Community Health Award Winners

Earlier this year, 12 Utica/North Country region organizations won Community Health Awards from more than 200 submitted applications in the 31-county upstate New York operating area.

The winning nonprofits from the Utica/North Country region were:

  • Au Sable Forks Elementary School
  • Ava Dorfman Senior Center
  • Champlain Children’s Learning Center
  • Farmers Museum
  • Oneida Healthcare Foundation
  • Town of Saranac
  • Village of Rouses Point
  • Cape Vincent Improvement League
  • North Country Children’s Museum
  • North Country Family Health Center
  • Samaritan Medical Center
  • Watertown Family YMCA.

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. Excellus BCBS’s six-county Rochester region includes: Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties.

These awards complement Excellus BCBS’s existing grants and sponsorships with agencies that work to enhance quality of life, including health status, in upstate New York. The company’s corporate giving must follow all applicable laws and regulations and does not support funding organizations that conflict with its corporate mission, goals, policies or products.


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