CareFirst Grant

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

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Predicted deadline: Oct 6, 2020 8:59pm PDT

Grant amount: Up to US $200,000

Fields of work: Mental Health & Psychiatric Diseases Addiction & Substance Abuse Health Care Access & Delivery Maternal And Perinatal Health

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: District of Columbia, Maryland, Counties in Virginia: Alexandria city, Arlington County, Fairfax County Show all

Location of residency: District of Columbia, Maryland, Counties in Virginia: Alexandria city, Arlington County, Fairfax County Show all

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Update on Covid19

Current grant funding will support health, social and economic needs related to COVID-19. We recognize that there are many worthwhile charitable organizations doing outstanding work throughout our service area. We will support as many charitable organizations—consistent with our giving guidelines—as our funding allows.

About the Process

CareFirst’s Office of Public Policy and Community Affairs administers the grant process. Before submitting an online application, confirm that your organization and request meet the requirements.

In accordance with our mission, CareFirst funds/supports programs that improve the access and affordability of health care, improve health care quality and safety, and support health and wellness initiatives

Funding Priorities

CareFirst continues to fund innovative community initiatives and programs throughout its service area to improve the region’s health care delivery systems, promote change on broader health initiatives, and, ultimately improve the long-term health of the community.

Improving Maternal and Child Health

Since 2007, CareFirst has committed more than $17 million to maternal and child health initiatives. Recent and ongoing grants are improving access to pre- and post-natal care; organizing comprehensive community resources around women and child health; building supports for vulnerable new parents; reversing factors that drive infant mortality; and addressing factors that contribute to prematurity, low birth weight and unsafe sleep.

Safety Net Health Centers and Patient-Centered Medical Homes

Designed specifically to increase quality, community-based care to society’s most vulnerable populations, safety net clinics provide a wide spectrum of care to medically underserved families and individuals. CareFirst has focused its financial support to those clinics expanding direct service to targeted populations, expanding or implementing medical home programs, and increasing telemedicine services and other methods of coordinated care.

Behavioral Health

To address the growing need for behavioral health and substance use programs, CareFirst funds programs that expand access and provide support, with clinical oversight, for underserved communities.

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


  • The organizations must:
    • Be located in our service area, which comprises the Charleston, WV area, Maryland, Northern Virginia (east of Rt. 123) and the District of Columbia;
    • Address CareFirst's community outreach mission;
    • Possess exemption by the Internal Revenue Service under section 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) of the tax code;
    • Have a current, satisfactory audit conducted by a certified public accountant (preferred); and,
    • Have a long-standing reputation for credibility and integrity.


  • It is the Company's policy to decline requests to benefit:
    • Organizations without the IRS 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) status;
    • Organizations outside of the CareFirst service area;
    • Profit-making organizations;
    • Individuals who request contributions for personal activities (e.g. little leagues, beauty pageants, fundraising challenges);
    • Building funds or capital campaigns;
    • Direct scholarships for individuals;
    • Political causes or campaigns;
    • Organizations that exist primarily to influence legislators or intervene in political campaigns;
    • The national office of an organization without a local chapter;
    • Schools, PTA organizations, or sports teams;
    • Fraternities and sororities;
    • Service clubs (e.g., Kiwanis, Lodges, etc.);
    • Religious organizations when denominational or sectarian; or,
    • Any institution or organization that discriminates by sex, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed or ethnic origin.

This page was last reviewed September 16, 2020 and last updated September 16, 2020