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Collective Impact Grant Program

Grants to Louisiana Nonprofits for Collaborative
Efforts to Address Community Needs

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana (BCBSLA) Foundation

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Grants to Louisiana nonprofit organizations to address significant community needs. Funding is intended to support collaborative efforts towards improving education, health, and well-being for local residents. Focus areas include but are not limited to: heart disease, diabetes, mental health, obesity, and disparities in access, quality, or cost.

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.

While each Louisiana community is unique in its challenges around health and well-being, the Foundation recognizes two important focus areas that are widespread across the state. For more information, see the links below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178176

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $250,000 to $1 million.

Term of Contract:

Grants are typically awarded over three years. (Full awards will be made in one-third increments per each year of the project upon meeting annual performance benchmarks.)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All organizations applying for grants or sponsorships must:
- Be designated a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by the IRS. The Foundation only gives to nonprofit organizations working for charitable, religious, scientific, literary, and other organizations under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).
- All organizations must be up-to-date on their filings with the Louisiana Secretary of State.
- Be domiciled in Louisiana. The Foundation only makes gifts to organizations that are based in Louisiana and working for the welfare of Louisianians.

The Foundation does not make grants to the following under any circumstances:
- Providers on contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
- 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
- Capital projects or campaigns
- Organizations or causes that do not complement the Foundation’s mission

Pre-Application Information:

Letter of Intent Deadlines – March 1, June 1, Sept. 1 and Dec. 1

If the 1st falls on a weekend or holiday Letters of Intent will be accepted through the deadline, but staff will not be in the office to answer questions. In this case, the Foundation recommends submitting your Letter of Intent no later than 4:00 pm CST on the last workday preceding the deadline.

The Foundation will begin reviewing LOIs after each LOI deadline. If the Foundation wants you to submit a full application, applicants will receive an email stating that they’ve moved to the next phase of the funding process. In that email, applicants will be given a link to access the full application form.

It usually takes the Foundation 1-2 weeks to review all Letters of Intent. Applicants will typically be notified of LOI decisions within 2 weeks following the LOI deadline.

All applicants will be notified (regardless of the outcome of the LOI/Application) via email.

It usually takes the Foundation 2-5 weeks to complete the application review process. Applicants will typically be notified of Application decisions within 3-7 weeks following the Application submission deadline.

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

Applicants may apply for multiple grants during the same funding cycle.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Direct questions to:
Telephone: 225-298-7979

BCBSLA Foundation
P.O. Box 98022
Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9022

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Louisiana

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