BCBSKS Foundation - Healthy Habits for Life Grants

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas

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Grant amount: Up to US $1,000

Deadline: Oct 18, 2019

Applicant type: Nonprofit Elementary / Secondary School

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Kansas: Allen County, Anderson County, Atchison County, Barber County, Barton County Show all

Location of residency: Counties in Kansas: Allen County, Anderson County, Atchison County, Barber County, Barton County Show all

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Overview:

Healthy Habits for Life

Healthy Habits for Life is a major grant-giving program of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation. It is offered to help schools address a current major health issue in Kansas and the nation: childhood obesity.

The Healthy Habits for Life program is offering a total of $150,000 in grants to assist schools in promoting healthy lifestyle choices to their K-12 students. School nurses, physical education teachers, principals, health or family and consumer science teachers, or other administrators are encouraged to apply for funding that they may use during 2020.

The Foundation recognizes that schools have a unique opportunity to teach students about healthy habits through curriculum and programs that reach them where they spend so much of their time: school. As a young, captive audience, students can be more easily influenced to develop life-long healthy habits and behaviors. The Foundation hopes that curbing childhood obesity now will translate into healthy adults later, saving health care dollars for all Kansans.

The Foundation is seeking programs that will help Kansas youth:

  • Reduce their cardiovascular risk,
  • Increase their physical activity, or
  • Learn healthy eating habits

About the Program

  • A  total of $150,000 is being offered in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation service area, which includes all Kansas counties except Johnson and Wyandotte.
  • The maximum grant amount is $1,000 and grants are limited to one per school. School personnel are encouraged to collaborate on a program for their school. Funds cannot be used for salary or wages of any staff or employee; all funds must directly benefit the needs of the program for students.
  • The funds will be distributed by Dec. 20 and can be used for programs administered during the 2020 calendar year.
  • Past grant recipients are eligible to apply again but must adequately explain how an additional grant would allow them to either expand their existing program or create a new one.

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

Eligibility:

  • The maximum grant amount is $1,000 and grants are limited to one per school.
  • All funds must directly benefit the needs of the program for students.
  • Past grant recipients are eligible to apply again but must adequately explain how an additional grant would allow them to either expand their existing program or create a new one.
  • Qualifying organizations must:
    • Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a health-related mission or administer a health-related program.
    • Reside in the Foundation's 103-county service area, which includes all Kansas counties except Johnson and Wyandotte.
      • If the request is approved, the benefiting organization must have the ability to prove the funds were used in the Foundation's 103-county service area.
    • Complete a Grant Request Application which includes summary of the organization's mission; description of the specific health-related program for which the funding is requested, to include the counties and population that would be targeted, as well as details on how the funding would be spent; explanation of how the program would improve the health of Kansas; and, the acknowledgement the BCBSKS Foundation would receive if the request were to be funded.
    • Promote health improvement, community health access and/or health education, healthy behaviors, prevention initiatives or direct health services to the uninsured.

Ineligibility:

  • Funds cannot be used for salary or wages of any staff or employee.
  • Funding will not be considered for:
    • An individual’s medical care or support.
    • Religious organizations if funds are used to benefit a specific congregation; however, programs sponsored by religious groups that are nonsectarian in nature may be eligible for support.
    • Parent-teacher organizations (i.e. after prom events).
    • Sponsorship of sports or athletic teams.
    • Capital or renovation campaigns.
    • Political campaigns or events, or political-related activity.
    • Fundraising events/sponsorships.