The Blue Cross Foundation announced their funding opportunity of up to a total of $1M on February 2, 2017 in order to further health equity in communities across Minnesota. Healthy Communities: Health Equity in Action will provide grants up to $100,000 per year each for a total of two-years.  With this funding opportunity, we invited eligible applicants to propose projects that addressed at least one of the following social or economic determinants of health:

  • Community Safety - systems change that contributes to violence reduction.
  • Education - systems change that contributes to quality care and education for children ages birth through age 5.
  • Employment - systems change that contributes to living wage jobs, and workplace policies supporting health and safety.
  • Family and Social Support - systems change that contributes to building social capital and increasing civic engagement that builds upon community knowledge, skills, and wisdom.
  • Income - systems change that contributes to housing stability and affordability, wealth or asset building.


In addition, eligible applicants were required to propose projects that focused on advancing health equity, which is defined as a state where all people can reach their highest level of health. 

With this funding, our goal is to generate the best ideas and support what's working in communities to further health equity. Both new and existing efforts were eligible.


Applications were due March 30, 2017 at 4 p.m. Central Time, through our online application system. To view the questions before starting an application, click on the Application Questions Preview button. 


What's Going on at The Blue Cross Foundation

Casa de Esperanza's focus on listening and learning allows for change to come from within the community, based on people’s needs and the strategies they develop.

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Northside Achievement Zone recognizes that education is key to better health and is working with families to ensure that children are on a solid path toward college.

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Grantee Northcountry Cooperative Foundation was recently featured in a news story "Taking Control: MN Mobile Home Residents Seek Park Ownership."

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The Foundation has awarded $1.5 million across the state for creative work to address social and economic influences that affect health.

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