BCBS Texas - Healthy Kids, Healthy Families Grant

BlueCross BlueShield - Health Care Services Corporation (HCSC)

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Grant amount: Up to US $250,000

Next anticipated deadline: Jun 14, 2020 3:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Jul 15, 2020 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit Indigenous Group Government Entity College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Texas

Location of residency: Texas

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Healthy Kids, Healthy Families (HKHF)

Healthy Kids, Healthy Families (HKHF) began in 2011 as a three-year initiative designed to improve the health and wellness of at least 1 million children through community investments. We extended the program, making HKHF part of our ongoing commitment to the health and well-being of the children and families across Texas. To date, we've helped nearly 3 million children.

The HKHF initiative invests in and partners with nonprofit organizations that offer sustainable, measurable programs. The programs must address health and wellness in the following areas:

Disease Prevention and Management 

BCBSTX’s focus in this area will address two disease conditions impacting the health and wellness of millions of Texans: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and chronic kidney disease. Our primary focus is preventing and managing these two disease conditions and their effect on Texas communities. If you have any questions, please see this communication or contact us.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

According to the American Lung Association, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. The disease, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, is increasingly common, affecting millions of Americans. COPD is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., and an estimated 5.5 percent of Texans suffer from the disease. Many with COPD go undiagnosed and enter the health care system in crisis and at an advanced stage, according to BCBSTX claims data.

To address the prevalence of COPD in Texas, our HKHF grants will support organizations that promote lung health, including smoking cessation.

Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) also called chronic kidney failure, describes the gradual loss of kidney function. According to the National Institutes of Health, the main risk factors for developing kidney disease are diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and a family history of kidney failure.

The prevalence of diabetes has exploded to epidemic levels in the U.S. with more than 29 million Americans living with the disease. An estimated 11 percent of Texans are diabetic. According to BCBSTX claims data, diabetics are developing chronic complications such as CKD at an alarming rate.

Our HKHF grants support organizations that help detect CKD at an early stage. Early detection can help prevent the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure.

HKHF Grants

This funding mechanism supports program-focused initiatives or organizational operations. Only applications that align with the HKHF priorities will be considered. 

Texas will focus primarily on Chronic Kidney Disease and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease through 2021 for the HKHF Grants.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • In addition to aligning with our Disease Management area, the following criteria are required for review of all grant proposals:
    • The community lead organization must be a nonprofit, tax exempt, 501(c)(3) organization with expertise in chronic kidney disease (early stages) or Chronic Pulmonary Disease (tobacco related illness and tobacco cessation).
    • The community lead organization must have the financial capacity and qualified staff to oversee and manage the project.
      • For this RFP “financial capacity” is defined as organizations operating a current annual budget of $2M or more.
    • The community lead organization must collaborate on proposed program with a health system partner – i.e., hospital, clinic, federally qualified health center.
    • The community lead organization must collaborate on proposed program outcomes and metrics with an evaluation partner – i.e., academic institution – preferably a school of public health.


  • Applications that demonstrate measurable impact, sustainable approaches to solutions and strong partnerships are more likely to be considered for funding.


  • Healthy Kids, Healthy Families does not fund one-time events outside of a program model
  • BCBSTX is unable to fund:
    • Organizations or projects with written policies that discriminate against individuals based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
    • School athletic programs
    • Applications from individuals
    • Applications that do not align with our funding priorities