Application Process

 TENNESSEE HEALTH FOUNDATION Established in December of 2003, the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation promotes the philanthropic mission of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. We award grants focused on high-impact initiatives and that work with civic and economic partners to promote healthy lifestyle choices across the state. This, in turn, helps control health care costs for all Tennessee residents. APPLICATION PROCESS Organizations who comply with the Tennessee Health Foundation guideline criteria must submit grant information in the format and time frame requested. Funding cycles are January, May and September. STEP ONE What you do: Submit a cover sheet [pdf] and letter of inquiry using the format provided. What we do: Review your information and project description to determine if it appropriately aligns with our mission, funding scope and objectives. Should your project meet our criteria, you will receive an invitation to submit a full proposal packet. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to fund all worthy proposals. STEP TWO What you do: Submit a full proposal packet within 30 days of receipt of our invitation letter. Please follow the designated format, submittal requirements and time frame. Note: Full proposals will not be accepted unless you have received from us an affirmative response to your letter of inquiry. What we do: Acknowledge receipt of your proposal packet within 5 business days by mail or e-mail. A review of your proposal could take up to three months as we obtain more details about your organization and project through site visits and interviews. STEP THREE What we do: Send you a notification once the Grants Review Committee has made its funding decision. Should your proposal be designated for funding, you will receive an awards letter and grant agreement, which will stipulate your requirements for project reporting. See full details [pdf]of the application process. Contact information: Kathy Bingham, Manager BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation 1 Cameron Hill Circle Chattanooga, TN 37402 Phone: (423) 535.7163 E-mail: Kathy_Bingham@bcbst.com Corporate Giving In 2009, $4.2 million was distributed by the foundation. See a comprehensive view of our giving for 2009. Foundation in Action Creative Discovery Museum’s “Good For You†Exhibit -- Helping kids beat obesity and learn about healthy food choices. Tennessee Center for Patient Safety -- A collaborative effort between BlueCross Blue Shield of Tennessee, the Tennessee Hospital Association and the American College of Surgeons from Tennessee to make an impact on hospital-acquired infections and other matters that affect patient safety.  Letter of Inquiry Format (PDF ONLY) A Letter of Inquiry must be on the applicant organization's letterhead, and be a maximum of two pages. Address each of the following items in this order: • Project Title • Project Description: Describe your project and major objectives. • Problem/Opportunity/Need: Describe the need, problem or opportunity your project seeks to address. • Target Population: Describe who will benefit from your project. Highlight any relevant characteristics (i.e. gender, age groups, ethnic-racial composition, disability, socioeconomic status and/or income) that further identify your target group. • Funding Request: State how the funds will be used and how your project aligns with our funding priority and mission. • Future Funding: Describe how your project will sustain itself after the grant period. • Collaboration: Describe the collaborative efforts you seek to establish in the implementation of your project. • Quantifiable Project Outcomes: Describe how you will evaluate, measure and track the project's outcomes. Please mail your completed Letter of Inquiry and Cover Sheet to the address on this page.  Full Proposal Requirements (PDF ONLY) Full proposals will not be accepted unless you have received from us an affirmative response to your Letter of Inquiry. The proposal should be submitted on the applicant organization's letterhead. It should be unbound and 6 to 12 pages in length, exclusive of attachments. Address each of the following items of the grant proposal narrative in this order: Grant Proposal Narrative I. Organization Information • History and date of establishment • Mission and goals • Programs and activities, including service statistics and strengths or accomplishments II. Purpose of Grant • Stated purpose • Anticipated outcome III. Needs Assessment • Problem, opportunity or need your project addresses • How need was determined • Community to be served IV. Goals and Objectives • Goals and objectives • Specific, measurable activities to accomplish objectives V. Project Impact • Impact of project's activities within the community or population (include demographics). Who will carry out those activities? (include any collaborative partners) • Timeline of activities with specific start and end dates • Feasibility of project replication VI. Evaluation • Describe your criteria for success • How will these criteria be measured? • Describe your evaluation process, timeline and who will be involved • What will you do with evaluation results? VII. Funding • Amount and purpose of funding • How will funding be sustained after the grant period? • List pending and committed funding sources for this project • Describe organization's short-term and long-range funding strategies Attachments (PDF ONLY) • Current IRS letter confirming 501(c)(3) status. • IRS Form 990 (if budget is between $25,000-$100,000). • Recent audited financial statement (if budget is greater than $100,000). • Detailed budget showing expected expenses and income for the project. • List of pending or committed funding sources for this project. • Staff listing showing job titles with brief statement of duties. Include one paragraph description of key staff, including qualifications relevant to this request. • Current list of board members and their affiliations. • Three (3) letters of support or endorsement verifying organization's effectiveness and capacity for making a measurable impact on the issue to be addressed. • Organization information (i.e. newsletters, news articles, annual report or other relevant documentation). Receipt of your proposal packet will be acknowledged within 5 business days by mail or e-mail. You may also Download This Information in Adobe Acrobat format. back to top
Established in December of 2003, the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation promotes the philanthropic mission of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. We award grants focused on high-impact initiatives and that work with civic and economic partners to promote healthy lifestyle choices across the state. This, in turn, helps control health care costs for all Tennessee residents.
Application Process

Organizations who comply with the Tennessee Health Foundation guideline criteria must submit grant information in the format and time frame requested. Funding cycles are January, May and September. Deadlines for receipt of application are:  Last day of January; May 1 and September 1.

STEP ONE
What you do: Submit a cover sheetpdf icon and letter of inquiry using the format provided.

What we do: Review your information and project description to determine if it appropriately aligns with our mission, funding scope and objectives. Should your project meet our criteria, you will receive an invitation to submit a full proposal packet. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to fund all worthy proposals.

STEP TWO
What you do: Submit a full proposal packet within 30 days of receipt of our invitation
letter. Please follow the designated format, submittal requirements and time frame.
Note: Full proposals will not be accepted unless you have received from us an affirmative response to your letter of inquiry.

What we do: Acknowledge receipt of your proposal packet within 5 business
days by mail or e-mail. A review of your proposal could take up to three months as we obtain more details about your organization and project through site visits and interviews.

STEP THREE
What we do: Send you a notification once the Grants Review Committee has
made its funding decision. Should your proposal be designated for funding, you will receive an awards letter and grant agreement, which will stipulate your requirements for project reporting.

See full detailspdf icon of the application process.

Contact Information:

Chelsea Johnson, Project Analyst
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation
1 Cameron Hill Circle
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Phone: (423) 535.3240
E-mail: Chelsea_Johnson@bcbst.com
In 2012, over $6.2 million was distributed by the foundation.

See a comprehensive view of our giving for 2012.
Creative Discovery Museum's
"Good for You" Exhibit
  Helping kids beat obesity and learn about healthy food choices. VIDEO

Tennessee Center for Patient Safety  A collaborative effort between BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, the Tennessee Hospital Association and the American College of Surgeons from Tennessee to make an impact on hospital acquired infections and other matters that affect patient safety. VIDEO