The Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas has officially opened its 2021 Mini-Grants Program application period. Applications for $1,000 mini-grants to fund health-related projects will be accepted until February 15, 2021.
Community vegetable gardens … providing medical supplies to those in need … programs that teach healthy habits … these are all examples of projects that have benefited from the Blue & You Foundation’s mini-grants program throughout Arkansas.
While any health-related program or project is eligible, the Blue & You Foundation also is receptive to receiving applications to fund the purchase of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), naloxone/Narcan kits (for treating opioid overdoses) and Stop the Bleeding kits.
“The Mini-grants Program has a simple and quick online application,” said Rebecca Pittillo, executive director of the Blue & You Foundation. “It is a great way to turn an idea into reality to help build a healthier community. The Foundation’s mini-grant program was launched in 2011. In nine years, it has awarded 1,767 mini-grants to organizations and communities throughout Arkansas.”
Any 501(c)(3) public charity, public school, church, government agency or nonprofit hospital in Arkansas is eligible to apply for the mini-grants. Funding may be used to support an existing health-improvement program or support a new startup project. Applicants will be notified of the status of their mini-grant requests (approved or declined) by March 1.
If a mini-grant is awarded, the recipient will be asked to submit a one-page report of program results within six months of receiving the funds. The Blue & You Foundation was established in 2001 by Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield as a charitable foundation to promote better health in Arkansas
To apply, go to BlueAndYouFoundationArkansas.org