BCBSND Caring Foundation is now accepting grant proposals to address social determinants of health in rural communities

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FARGO, N.D. – The Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Caring Foundation is excited to announce that the 2023 Building Healthier Rural Community (BUILD) Grants program is now accepting grant proposals. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. (CT) Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. The funding period is Jan. 1, 2023, through Dec. 31, 2023.

The program, a partnership with the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine & Health Sciences, seeks to develop solutions to address the social determinants of health (SDOH) affecting communities at the local level. Their goal is to build a better future of equity and full potential for the health and well-being of all.

The program targets the following primary focus areas:

  • Economic stability.
  • Education access and quality.
  • Healthcare access and quality.
  • Neighborhood and built environment.
  • Social and community context.

The Caring Foundation will make a total of $40,000 available for the 2023 BUILD Grants, expected to be distributed in amounts of $5,000 to $7,500 to six to eight recipients. Applicants may request funds for more than one program or activity as part of one request.

To learn more about the application process, please visit ruralhealth.und.edu/projects/bcbs-grant-program

About the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) Caring Foundation
Established in 1989, the BCBSND Caring Foundation (www.BCBSND.com/Caring-Foundation) is a private 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Through giving and investing, the Caring Foundation focuses on key health issues that help improve the health and well-being of North Dakotans and their communities. Caring Foundation staff work with grantees to support nonprofit sustainability, collaborate on shared outcomes and create lasting change.