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Minnesota Healthy Connections: Creating Safe, Welcoming, and Connected Communities

This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation
Mar 29, 2019

Claire Chang

Bilal Alkatout

Allison Corrado


Minnesota Healthy Connections is a program of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation that provides grant partnerships to help create and nurture more connected, resilient, and inclusive communities where all people have the support and resources to reach their full health potential. Priority communities that experience structural barriers to safety and connectedness include Native Americans, people of color, immigrants, refugees and people in rural areas.

The Foundation invites proposals for a range of community-driven approaches for addressing the social determinants of health. The Foundation welcomes proposals focused on implementing, continuing, or expanding proven strategies, or proposals to develop and realize new models. Organizations may apply for programs that are already in use or for new initiatives.

The Foundation's rationale for the program is that when all people are connected, safe, and welcomed they can:

  • Benefit from social connections that boost the likelihood of longer and healthier lives
  • Enjoy the significant health benefits of being engaged in their community
  • Experience better health outcomes, such as lower blood pressure and stronger immune systems
  • Contribute to building a robust economy

Eligible applicants include:

  • Nonprofit 501(c)(3) community-based organization located in, or serving, Minnesota communities
  • Native American communities and Tribal governments
  • Nonprofit organizations and agencies with fiscal sponsors. Organizations that plan to use a fiscal sponsor should contact Janet Jablonske, Operations Manager, at 651.662.7417 or
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $100,000 per year
Project period: Up to 2 years
Estimated total program funding: $1,400,000 over 2 years

Application process

Links to additional guidance, application instructions, and the online application system are available on the program website when applications are being accepted.

Tagged as
African Americans · American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians · Asian and Pacific Islanders · Cardiovascular disease · Community and economic development · Health conditions · Hispanics and Latinos · Immigrants · Minorities · Public health · Social determinants of health · Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention · Minnesota

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