BCBSKS Foundation - Healthy Habits for Life Grants

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas


Grant amount: Up to US $1,000

Anticipated deadline: Oct 6, 2018

Applicant type: Nonprofit Elementary / Secondary School

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

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

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

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Overview:

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 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation has completed its 11th grant-giving cycle during which we distributed 155 grants totaling $149,485 to assist school nurses, physical education teachers, other teachers and administrators in developing programs to help school-aged children learn healthy habits.

The BCBSKS Foundation has now distributed 1,237 Healthy Habits for Life grants in excess of $1,167,583 through 11 giving cycles. These HHFL grants have benefited thousands of school-aged children, along with their family members and communities.

Primarily, the foundation was created because, as the largest health insurer in the state, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas plays a key role in promoting the good health of Kansans. We feel a responsibility to help Kansans lead a healthier life because this will ultimately help keep health care affordable for all Kansans. Through its giving, the foundation will be able to focus on key health issues that can impact the lives of many 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. 15 and can be used for programs administered during the 2018 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-realted mission or administer a health-related program.
    • Reside in the foundation service area, which would be 103 Kansas counties (excluding Johnson and Wyandotte counties), and serve Kansas.
      • If the request is approved, funds must be used in the Plan’s service area.
      • The benefiting organization must have the ability to prove the funds were used in the 103-county service area.
    • Promote health improvement, health access, health education, healthy behaviors and prevention initiatives.

Preferences:

  • School personnel are encouraged to collaborate on a program for their school.

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.


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