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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana (BCBSLA) Foundation and Corporate Giving (Louisiana)

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    Funder Type

    Corporate Foundation

    IT Classification

    A - Primarily intended to fund technology


    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana (BCBSLA)


    The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana (BCBSLA) aims to promote the wellness and well-being of Louisianians by supporting projects and programs for health- or education-related causes. 

    Proposals addressing the following topics are of interest:

    Health - BCBSLA wants to partner with organizations that focus on improving public health, reducing barriers to care for the uninsured, or conducting research to prevent or cure disease. Particular consideration is given to organizations that address specific populations, such as those in rural areas, children, seniors, or those who are at risk and underserved;

    Education - BCBSLA wants to sponsor programs that help local friends and neighbors learn ways to stay healthy and make wise decisions about their healthcare. Education-related programs are those focused on health literacy, the training of medical professionals, or the education of young people age pre-kindergarten through college.

    Nonprofit Capacity - Proposals to improve a nonprofit organization’s overall effectiveness will also be considered. These “capacity-building” proposals should address important management or governance issues that can be handled with a small amount of money in a short period of time. Examples could include organizational assessment, board/staff development, program evaluation or information technology

    The BCBSLA Foundation has two signature programs that focus on improving the wellness and well-being of Louisiana children:

    Smart Bodies - provides schools with grades K-5 with an interactive education program designed to prevent childhood obesity; and 

    The Angel Award - an annual statewide recognition program that awards funds to outstanding Louisianians working to improve the quality of life for the state's children



    History of Funding

    None is available. 

    Additional Information

    The following are ineligible requests;

    • Programs or events outside of Louisiana;
    • Organizations that are not tax-exempt;
    • Political campaigns, candidates, parties or partisan activities;
    • Sectarian, denominational or religious organizations for support of theological functions;
    • Athletes and athletic teams;
    • Beauty pageants;
    • Direct funding of labor, fraternal or veterans' organizations;
    • Students raising funds for travel to an out-of-state competition;
    • Parent-teacher organizations;
    • Capital projects or campaigns;
    • Organizations that are in direct competition with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana;
    • Organizations or causes that do not complement our goals for corporate social responsibility; and 
    • Providers on contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana


    Lydia Martin, Foundation Initiatives Manager

    Lydia Martin, Foundation Initiatives Manager
    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation
    P.O. Box 98029
    Baton Rouge, LA 70898
    (225) 298-7826

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that are located in Louisiana and serve Louisianians. Organizations must be: incorporated with the Louisiana Secretary of State's Office and in good standing. Organizations must also have a longstanding reputation for credibility and integrity. 

    Deadline Details

    Grant requests are by invitation only. While the Foundation does not accept unsolicited applications for grants, it will accept brief inquiries from organizations whose work is aligned closely with the BCBSLA priorities. However, only on very rare occasions does an invitation to apply for funding result from an inquiry. Letters of Inquiry must be emailed to

    The deadline to submit applications for a special 2015 grant program to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Angel Award program was February 27, 2015. Please monitor the Foundation website for future deadlines. 

    Award Details

    Award amounts vary. Grants typically range from $5,000 to $20,000 and last for 1 year. Sponsorships typically range from $500 to $7,500.

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