Collective Impact Grants

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $1,000,000

Next deadline: Mar 1, 2020 2:30pm PST (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Jun 1, 2020 2:30pm PDT (Letter of inquiry), Sep 1, 2020 2:30pm PDT (Letter of inquiry), Dec 1, 2020 2:30pm PST (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Louisiana

Location of residency: Louisiana

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About Collective Impact Grants

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Louisianians. Serious health issues in Louisiana disproportionately impact the economic vitality, educational attainment and quality of life in the state and in communities.

Following the success of our first collective impact grant program – Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana  we know that grassroots coalitions are the key to making long-term changes in the trends of Louisiana’s overall health. That’s why we’re challenging communities across Louisiana to build effective teams to tackle their most pressing health problems.

Collective Impact Grants support community-wide efforts addressing complex issues in Louisiana. Proposals may cover a wide range of issues in health, education or well-being to meet the unique needs of each community.

Examples of focus areas could include, but are not limited to: heart disease, diabetes, mental health, obesity, or disparities in access, quality or cost.

Through Collective Impact Grants, the Foundation will help Louisiana communities reshape their environments to support healthy lives for all.


Collective Impact grants are made to community coalitions working together to address major public health concerns.


Grants range from $250,000 to $1 million over three years (full awards will be made in one-third increments per each year of the project upon meeting annual performance benchmarks).


Collective impact grants require a minimum one-to-one match (may come from multiple sources; up to one-half may be in-kind).

Project Design

The ideal Collective Impact grant project will identify a pressing issue in community health and tackle the root causes of that issue through changes in policies, norms, practices, social supports and the physical environment. Projects should have and incorporate:

  • A comprehensive plan outlining the health need in the community, and a demonstrated link between that need and the proposed project
  • Multiple collaborators who make up a coalition capable of achieving the project’s aims and sustaining the effort/ programs after the grant period
  • A proposal based in research and best-practice models
  • A research component looking at the short-, medium- and long-term effectiveness of the project
  • An initial matching contribution as well as plans for sustaining the project after the grant period ends

We give preference to projects pursuing innovative ideas, as well as projects that reach new and diverse communities. The ideal project will naturally reflect and communicate the values and impact of our Foundation. 

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


  • All organizations applying for grants or sponsorships must:
    • Be designated a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by the IRS.
      • We only give to nonprofit organizations working for charitable, religious, scientific, literary and other organizations under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).
    • Be registered “in good standing” with the Louisiana Secretary of State.
      • All organizations must be up-to-date on their filings with the Louisiana Secretary of State.
      • You can find more information here.
    • Be domiciled in Louisiana.
      • We only make gifts to organizations who are based in Louisiana and working for the welfare of Louisianians


  • In addition, neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana or its Foundation makes grants or sponsorships to the following under any circumstances:
    • Providers in any Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, HMO or other affiliate networks – per state and federal regulations
    • Programs or events outside of Louisiana
    • Organizations that are not tax-exempt
    • Political campaigns, candidates, parties or partisan activities
    • Sectarian, denominational or religious organizations for support of theological functions
    • Athletes or athletic teams
    • Beauty pageants
    • Direct funding of labor, fraternal or veterans’ organizations
    • Students raising funds for travel to an out-of-state competition
    • Parent-teacher organizations
    • Organizations that are in direct competition with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
    • Organizations or causes that do not complement our goals for corporate social responsibility
    • Providers on contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana