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Employee Community Fund

A Funding Opportunity

Employee Community Fund grants are funded and selected by Blue Cross of Idaho employees. The company has an annual employee giving campaign that offers employees a chance to donate to nonprofit organizations. Any funds designated to the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health are earmarked for the Employee Community Fund and given back to the state through a grant program that seeks to increase access to healthcare and to promote early detection and prevention of health issues.

Grant Information

  • Focus Areas

    • Behavioral health or mental health
    • Access to healthcare
    • Access to healthcare for seniors
  • Target Populations

    • Seniors
    • Underserved and underrepresented population
    • Veterans
    • Youth
  • Funding Priorities

    • Addressing health equity
    • Supporting capital and material expenditures for expansion
    • Promoting growth opportunities for programs and services
  • Who Can Apply

    • Idaho nonprofit organizations that didn’t receive ECF funding in 2023
    • Grants of up to $5,000 are available

Grant timeline

  • May 6, 2024

    Application period opens

  • June 21, 2024

    Applications due by 5 p.m. MDT

  • Early Sept.

    Winners will be notified after Labor Day

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS THE EMPLOYEE COMMUNITY FUND?

Blue Cross of Idaho has an annual employee giving campaign that encourages employees to donate to nonprofit organizations. Any funds designated by employees to the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health are earmarked for the Employee Community Fund. Each year, a call for grant proposals will be issued and funded by the donations from the giving campaign.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

Idaho nonprofit organizations with an interest in increasing access to healthcare, behavioral healthcare or healthcare targeting seniors are encouraged to apply.

WHAT ARE THE FUNDING PRIORITIES FOR THE EMPLOYEE COMMUNITY FUND?

Priority will be given to applications that address health equity, promote growth opportunities for programs and services, support for capital and material expenditures that support growth and expansion opportunities.

WHAT TARGET POPULATIONS ARE WE HOPING TO REACH?

Priority will be given to grant applications whose goal is to reach seniors, youth, and underserved and underrepresented populations.

WHEN IS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE?

The application period still is being finalized.

WHAT IS THE VALUE OF THE GRANT?

Up to $5,000.

HOW ARE WINNERS SELECTED?

All applications that meet the criteria above will be reviewed and scored by a committee comprised of Blue Cross of Idaho employees. The selected applications must be approved the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health Board of Directors.

ARE EMPLOYEE COMMUNITY FUND GRANTS RENEWABLE?
No. If an organization received an Employee Community Fund grant in 2023, it will not be eligible for the 2024 grant cycle. Organizations that are selected in 2024 will not be eligible for 2025.

WHAT DO I NEED TO APPLY?

Fill out the application below and be sure to upload the organization’s W-9 form as requested.