BCBSM Foundation: Special Initiative Grants

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation

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Next predicted deadline: Apr 21, 2021

Later predicted deadlines: Apr 24, 2021, Aug 21, 2021

Grant amount: Up to US $25,000

Fields of work: Health Care Access & Delivery Health Disparities & Social Determinants of Health Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Food Security Telemedicine & Telehealth Affordable Housing

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity, Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Massachusetts

Location of residency: Massachusetts

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Special Initiatives COVID-19 Response Grants

As the implications of COVID-19 unfold, we know that the full implications of this "new normal" are hard to anticipate. We are acutely aware that this crisis will manifest differently in different communities. While we know that anyone can contract the virus, we also understand that the impacts on communities of color and rural communities could be particularly severe. To address this need, and in keeping with the Foundation’s mission and focus areas, the Special Initiatives COVID-19 Response Grants will direct resources to community-based organizations serving those populations who could be disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus.

Program Overview

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) Foundation will provide a limited number of one-year grants of up to $25,000 to Massachusetts organizations undertaking activities that expand access to health care for low-income and vulnerable people in Massachusetts by:

  • Engaging in a variety of COVID-19 related activities that are aligned with the Foundation’s strategic priorities to promote access to quality care and coverage, behavioral health services, and social equity and health for low income and vulnerable residents of the Commonwealth.
  • Supporting individuals and families in addressing health-related social needs caused by COVID-19, helping them to navigate available social services, such as housing and food security.

Funding Guidelines and Criteria:

The Foundation will award one-year, non-renewable grants of up to $25,000, with proposals accepted and reviewed two times this year. The Foundation reserves the right to make grant awards in amounts less than $25,000. Successful proposals will:

  • Focus on activities that impact health or expand access to health care and coverage for low-income and vulnerable consumers.
  • Describe a program that doesn't precisely conform to the requirements of other Foundation program focus areas, yet aligns with the Foundation's mission and strategic focus areas of
    • coverage and care,
    • behavioral health, including telehealth, and
    • social equity and health.
  • Clearly describe a deliverable or tangible outcome in twelve (12) months.

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


  • In reviewing proposals for Special Initiatives COVID-19 Response Grants, the Foundation will only consider those organizations that:
    • Primarily serve low-income and vulnerable people, particularly individuals receiving MassHealth or other subsidized health insurance.
    • Demonstrate a track record of robust programming and services for low-income and vulnerable Massachusetts residents.
    • Are community-based and serve communities of color and/or rural communities that have been identified as having high rates of uninsured in the Foundation’s report, The Geography of Uninsurance in Massachusetts: an Update for 2013–2017.


  • The Foundation aims to support as many organizations as possible; therefore, preference is given to organizations that we have not recently funded.


  • The Foundation will not consider requests to support the following:
    • direct medical and clinical care
    • salaries for new positions with no evidence of sustainability beyond the grant period
    • event or conference sponsorship
  • The Foundation does not fund for-profit companies, religious organizations, nor individuals. 


This page was last reviewed February 22, 2021 and last updated February 22, 2021