Minnesota Healthy Connections: Creating Safe, Welcoming, and Connected Communities
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 Janet.Jablonske@bluecrossmnfoundation.org.
Award ceiling: $100,000 per year
Project period: Up to 2 years
Estimated total program funding: $1,400,000 over 2 years
For complete information about funding programs, including your application status, please contact funders directly. Summaries are provided for your convenience only. RHIhub does not take part in application processes or monitor application status.