Independence Blue Cross Foundation

OVERVIEW: This health insurance funder supports a wide variety of health issues in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Some programs accept unsolicited grant applications for programs serving the Philadelphia region.

FUNDING AREAS: Healthcare access, health workforce, opioid epidemic, cardiovascular disease, health education, fitness, health technology, healthy food, childhood obesity

IP TAKE: This is a specialized and accessible health foundation with a very local focus. It releases new initiative based on current local needs, however, access to healthcare is still the top issue.

PROFILE: The Independence Blue Cross Foundation was established in October 2011 as a private charitable foundation affiliated with the health insurance company of the same name. Its geographic focus is Philadelphia and Southeastern Pennsylvania

The IBC Foundation has a few different grant programs: Blue Safety Net, Building Healthier Communities, Bolstering the Healthcare Workforce, and Addressing Health Priorities. The Safety Net program awards grants to nonprofit, private community health centers that provide access to healthcare in medically underserved areas. Its application period has been between June 1 and July 31. The Workforce program is largely focused on nurses and provides grants to strengthen career education, development, and research. 

Through its healthy communities program, the IBC Foundation typically funds health education, fitness, technology, and research projects. The open application period for this program has been between June 1 and July 14. The funder's Addressing Health Priorities program initiative addresses current pressing issues. At the time this profile was written, the opioid epidemic, cardiac disease, and childhood obesity were the priorities. STOP (Supporting Treatment and Overdose Prevention), Healthy Hearts, and Healthy Futures are the current priorities.   

To be eligible for a grant, you must be part of a nonprofit or institute of higher learning in Southeast Pennsylvania. Your group must also serve the five counties of this region: Philadelphia, Chester, Bucks, Delaware, and Montgomery. This funder does not support capital construction, conferences, political or religious causes, sports teams, or fundraising events. As a general rule, grant applications must be submitted electronically.  

General grantseeker questions can be directed to the Philadelphia-based staff by phone at 855-422-3386 or via online form. Keep up with this funder's activities and interests via its blog.

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