Apply for Funding/BLUE BEAR REQUESTS

For 90 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) has forged alliances with private and public organizations to honor our commitment to improve the health of all Texans. Our charitable contributions allow us to connect with not just our customers, but also community partners, local leaders and policymakers interested in making Texas a healthier state. Through these partnerships, BCBSTX seeks to support sustainable, measurable programs and impactful organizations that strengthen and enrich Texas communities.

Who Can Apply

BCBSTX supports community, business and provider organizations that share our mission and align with our priorities. We accept requests for sponsorships and grants from organizations that are located within Texas and have at least one of the following designations:

  • Defined as a non-profit under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code
  • Government, civic and cultural organizations

What We Don't Fund

BCBSTX is unable to fund:

  • Organizations or projects with written policies that discriminate against individuals based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
  • School athletic programs
  • Applications from individuals
  • Applications that do not align with our funding priorities

Funding Mechanisms and Priorities: How to Apply

Each year, BCBSTX supports more than 300 Texas organizations through two types of funding mechanisms: sponsorships and grants.

Sponsorships

Sponsorship funds are available to 501(c)(3) organizations and are event driven. Limited funding is also available for non-charitable organizations. Examples of events under this mechanism include: galas, benefits, golf tournaments, luncheons, conferences, etc.

In Texas, sponsorship dollars are prioritized to organizations that support the following areas:

  • Access to Care: Projects that increase awareness and understanding of access to preventive and health care services for underinsured, uninsured, minority and low-income households.
  • Prevention and Risk Reduction: Projects that increase awareness and understanding of healthy choices in everyday living and promote a healthy lifestyle. Examples of project areas include: nutrition, physical activity, weight management and tobacco cessation.
  • Chronic Disease Management: Projects that increase awareness and understanding of living with and managing chronic conditions. Examples of project areas include: diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and mental illnesses such as Alzheimer's.
  • Community Involvement: As a corporate entity, brand visibility and community involvement are important to business growth. Through these sponsorships we seek opportunities that allow BCBSTX to grow its presence in communities.

If your organization meets these criteria, please fill out our Event Sponsorship Application Learn more about third-party links.

HEALTHY KIDS, HEALTHY FAMILIES GRANTS

The following criteria are required for review of all Healthy Kids, Healthy Families (HKHF) grant proposals:

  • The community lead organization must be a nonprofit, tax exempt, 501(c)(3) organization with expertise in chronic kidney disease (early stages) or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (tobacco related illness and tobacco cessation).
  • The community lead organization must have the financial capacity and qualified staff to oversee and manage the project. For this request for proposal (RFP), “financial capacity” is defined as organizations operating a current annual budget of $2 million or more.
  • The community lead organization must collaborate on proposed program with a health system partner – i.e., hospital, clinic, federally qualified health center.
  • The community lead organization must collaborate on proposed program outcomes and metrics with an evaluation partner – i.e., academic institution – preferably a school of public health.

Our two-stage RFP process will help us determine whether your program will align with our investment strategy.

  • Stage 1: Eligible organizations are invited to submit a brief Letter of Intent Learn more about third-party links. Please expect four weeks for notification of decision. Stage 1 is open from May 31 through June 21, 2019.
  • Stage 2: Letters of Intent will be reviewed and organizations who propose measurable programs that align with our investment strategy will be invited to submit a full proposal. For those organizations invited to apply, Stage 2 is open from July 1 through July 30, 2019.

For additional support, please see our Frequently Asked Questions PDF Document.You can also email us.

Please allow at least 48 hours for a response.

BLUE BEAR

Blue Bear

As health and wellness ambassador for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Blue Bear promotes healthier practices among Texans, particularly among young children. Blue Bear’s community outreach efforts include appearances at community events, health fairs and other health and wellness events in the community.

For more information, please contact Helen Dorsey by email or phone at 972-766-1736.

To request a Blue Bear appearance, please download, complete and submit the request form PDF Document.