The Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Caring Foundation will provide a limited number of one-year grants annually of up to $50,000 to North Dakota communities and organizations undertaking efforts to support health- and community-based wellness and prevention. With the addition of these CaringForCommunities SPARK (Strengthening People, Access, Resources and Knowledge) Grants, the goal is to enhance collaborative efforts and community involvement that result in long-lasting change.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Caring Foundation continues to build on efforts to support health and well-being throughout North Dakota. The Caring Foundation will be investing additional resources at the community level in 2021 to strengthen opportunities to build collaborations that invest locally to enhance healthy lifestyles, address service gaps and promote health equities.

“Our goal with these grants is to invest in community-based initiatives that will support access and opportunity leading to improved habits and healthier lifestyle, strengthen capacity for effective collaborations and to expand efforts by local communities to improve health equity and access," said Pam Gulleson, executive director of the Caring Founation.

For grants to be considered, the project must support initiatives that encourage health and well-being within North Dakota communities, are sustainable, are a priority in the community, exhibit collaboration with stakeholders in the community and align with evidence-based best practices and principles.

Those interested in applying for a grant must submit a Letter of Intent form by 5 p.m. on Feb. 15 to be considered for their spring funding cycle or 5 p.m. on Aug. 15 to be considered for their fall funding cycle. Eligible organizations must be North Dakota based 501(c)(3) nonprofits, municipal entities (i.e., park boards, public health) or school systems. All Letters of Intent must be electronically submitted to caringfoundation@bcbsnd.com.

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For more information visit www.ndcaring.org or send any questions to caringfoundation@bcbsnd.com.