Building Health Communities Grants, NOIs Due Friday

Building Healthy Communities: Engaging Elementary Schools and Community Partners

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is currently soliciting grant proposals from Michigan elementary schools and community partners to address the root causes of childhood obesity through prevention and collaboration. The Building Healthy Communities: Engaging Elementary Schools and Community Partners grant program will provide funding for healthy physical activity and nutrition programs during the 2010-2011 school year.

We have developed a “toolbox” of proven resources and activities that promote awareness of good nutrition and the benefits of physical activity. Using the toolbox, schools and community partners can help students become more physically active and healthier.

The toolbox consists of seven elements. Four of the elements are mandatory. They must be must included in any proposal that we consider for funding. You can also increase your chances for funding by including one or more of the optional elements in your proposal.

Schools also may propose to engage parents and community partners through either or both:
Parent education to complement student learning
Community assessments
Communities that have completed a Promoting Active Communities assessment between January 2007 and February 2010 may propose to implement one recommendation from the assessment.

Grant details, forms and applications
E-mail our Social Mission staff with questions you have about the grant elements or application process. Include your contact information.
Applicants must meet all requirements in the request for proposals (PDF).
The required Building Healthy Communities grant applications and forms are available below. You can type the required information into the applications.
School application (PDF)
Community application (PDF)
Conditions of grant (PDF) Late or incomplete proposals will not be considered for funding.
Complete the Notice of Intent to Apply form no later than Feb. 12, 2010. Submitting the form by the deadline is a condition of funding eligibility, but does not obligate your organization to apply for a grant.

Submit complete proposal. To be eligible for consideration, your proposal must meet all RFP requirements and the following deadlines. Sunday, March 14, 2010: Full grant proposal must be submitted online by midnight. All completed forms and attachments must be sent in a single e-mail to our Social Mission staff at Monday, March 15, 2010: A hard copy of the proposal must be postmarked no later than March 15, 2010 and sent to:
Building Healthy Communities Grant Program — MC B718Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan600 E. Lafayette Blvd. Detroit, MI 48226-2998

Building Health Communities Grants, NOIs Due Friday

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