Blue Shield of California Foundation: Grants for Public Health

OVERVIEW: The Blue Shield Foundation of California focuses its grantmaking on access to healthcare, healthcare coverage, and combating domestic violence in California.

IP TAKE: The foundation’s bread-and-butter giving is to the community clinics and health centers that actually provide care, especially safety-net and rural groups. 

PROFILE: The Blue Shield of California Foundation, also known as the California Physicians Service Foundation, is all about increasing access to healthcare and ending domestic violence. Blue Shield's current funding priorities are promoting value-based care, improved health care integration models, increased patient engagement, and supporting and scaling domestic violence systems. The foundation aims its grants mainly toward organizations working with low-income and underserved populations, as well as domestic violence survivors.

This foundation likes to establish long-lasting relationships with grantees. A big percentage of grants go to organizations with an existing funding relationship with the foundation. But establishing such a relationship doesn't necessarily mean a constant growth in funding—many groups have received funding at steady or lower levels from year to year.

The Blue Shield of California Foundation awards plenty of grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, with an average of $90,000. While the foundation does maintain its grantmaking focus as the state of California, it isn’t unusual for it to support national efforts in its areas of interest.

To learn more about Blue Shield grant recipients, explore its Grantees page, which gives detailed information regarding what organizations are receiving funding, and at what levels.

Grantseekers can submit letters of inquiry to the foundation at any time and should expect a response from Blue Shield in about 45 days.

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