FAQs

GENERAL QUESTIONS

What is your mission statement?
Our mission statement has remained unchanged since our founding – to improve the health and well-being of North Carolinians.

What are the Foundation’s Priorities?
Health is a complex equation that is as much determined by the environment as it is by the individual. Our priority is to look ahead to get at the core drivers of poor health and to support lasting system-wide changes. Learn more about our strategy.

What is the history of the Blue Cross NC Foundation?
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina established the independent philanthropic Blue Cross NC Foundation in November 2000 to ensure that resources would always be available to contribute to improving the health of North Carolinians.

How is the Foundation governed?
The Foundation is guided by our board of directors, which is comprised of current and former executive-level employees within Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, in addition to a medical community representative who also serves on the Blue Cross NC corporate board of trustees. Patrick Conway, President and CEO of Blue Cross NC, serves as our Chairman.

 

QUESTIONS RELATED TO GRANTMAKING

How Do I Receive Grant Funding?
Learn more about our grantmaking process and sign up to be notified of grant opportunities.


Eligibility 

Who is eligible to apply for a grant from your foundation?
Organizations are eligible for grants from the Foundation if they have qualified for exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code or are public instrumentalities (i.e., a government entity). Individuals, private foundations [as defined by Section 509(a) of the Code] and Type III supporting organizations are not eligible to receive grants..

Will my organization be required to submit an audit with its proposal?

Depending on the size and type of organization the following financial information is required:

  • Organizations with $500,000 or more in annual revenues are required to submit a certified public accounting audit.
  • Organizations with at least $100,000, but less than $500,000 in annual revenues are required to submit financial statements reviewed by an independent certified public accountant.
  • Organizations with annual revenues less than $100,000 are required to submit financial statements certified as accurate and complete by the organization’s chief executive officer. Financial statements should include at a minimum a Statement of Financial Position (or Balance Sheet) listing assets and liabilities and a Statement of Activities (or Income Statement) listing revenues and expenditures.

If my organization is a government entity (such as a health department) or educational institution (such as a university), will I need to submit our entire audit with our proposal?
No, government organizations or educational institutions do not need to submit the entire audit with the proposal. Given the size of the audits, these entities are required to submit only four components of the audit: 1) the auditor’s report (cover letter); 2) the balance sheet; 3) the statement of revenues and expenditures; and 4) the auditor’s notes.


Investment Priorities and Restrictions

Does the Foundation provide grants to individuals?
No. However, the Foundation invests in organizations that help and benefit individuals living in North Carolina.

Does the Foundation pay for indirect costs in a university setting?
No. We are unable to pay for university overhead costs. These are the costs associated with providing facilities and administrative support for sponsored activities and include operating and maintaining buildings and grounds, equipment, libraries, and providing administration at the university, college, and department levels.

Does the Foundation pay for capital, either equipment or construction?
We will invest in acquisition of equipment as it relates to a specific program. We typically do not pay for construction (a.k.a., bricks and mortar).

Does the Foundation pay for personnel expenses?
Yes. The Foundation recognizes the importance of providing for personnel expenses and will cover such expenses as they relate to the success of achieving the agreed upon grant outcomes.

What type of operational expenses does the Foundation fund?
The Foundation is committed to meeting the needs of grantees in support of advancing our mission. While it is common for the Foundation to support operational expenses in the context of a specific grant with explicit outcomes, the Foundation also is open to general operating grants for organizations that work within our priority areas.

Would the Foundation pay for 100 percent of a program’s costs?
Typically, no. We prefer to be one of several different sources of revenue. An application is strengthened by seeking multiple sources of support as this is a key indicator of sustainability.

Is there a limit on the duration or size of a grant award?
Yes. Grants are limited in scope and duration based on the parameters of each specific grant opportunity. Please refer to the available grants information for specific guidelines.

Does the Foundation invest in existing programs or just new or expanding programs?
We provide support for existing, new, and expanding programs.


Applying for a Grant

How do I apply for a grant?
Please refer to this section of our website.

Do I need to contact the Foundation prior to submitting an application and/or may I set up a meeting to discuss my proposal?
All of the information regarding available grants and application instructions can be found on our website. If after reviewing the information provided you still have questions, you are welcome to contact the appropriate team member. Team members may help clarify our process or guidelines related to a particular opportunity; however, they cannot tell you whether your project will receive a grant.

My organization is a government entity, what do I need to submit in lieu of an IRS tax determination letter?
If your organization is a government entity, you must provide us with a statement typed on your organization’s official letterhead and signed by a responsible officer or other person authorized to make such representations on behalf of the entity, certifying that the organization (i) is a government unit described in Sections 170(b)(1)(A)(v), 170(c)(1) and 509(a)(1) of the Code and (ii) agrees to use the funds granted for exclusively public purposes within the meaning of Section 170(c)(1) of the Code.

Will the Foundation invest in collaborative groups?
Yes. We encourage collaborations and partnerships; however, the application must be completed and grant reports managed by a single nonprofit organization.


Submitting a Proposal Online

How do I access the online proposal?
Each grant opportunity will have a unique link associated with it once an application is open and available.

Can I get a copy of the online application form?
Advance or ‘generic’ copies are not available. You will be able to print a copy of the specific grant application as you are filling out the online application form. Click on the “Printer Friendly Version” link located in the top right hand corner of each application page.

Do I have to complete the application in one online session?
No, you can start the application and choose to save and finish it at another time. Just click on the “Save and Finish Later” button located at the bottom of each application page. You can also save your proposal and share it as a draft via email. It is important that you remember your login information and use the correct link to return to a saved proposal.

Is my application automatically saved once I create an account?
No, your application is not saved automatically. To ensure no application data is lost, please click on the “Save and Finish Later” button at the bottom of each application page.

How do I return to an incomplete application that I saved, but have not yet submitted?
Once you create an online grant application account, you will receive an email notification that includes the email address and password required to access your saved application.

How do I send my proposal online?
Once the application is completed and you have uploaded all of the required attachments, you will need to click the “Review & Submit” button at the bottom of the last page of the application to complete the process. Once your application has been submitted, a confirmation email will be sent to the email address that you used to create your online grant application account.

Can I send the application directly to a Foundation program officer?
No, we only accept applications through the online system.

Can I mail a copy of the proposal to the Foundation?
No, we currently only accept applications online. If you need any assistance or have a special circumstance, please contact Lasindra Webb at lasindra.webb@bcbsncfoundation.org..

Do I need to have cookies enabled on my internet browser?
Yes, the online application system places a cookie on your computer to enable the “Save and Finish Later” functionality.

What if I have questions along the way?
If you are having trouble with the online application form, please email your questions to lasindra.webb@bcbsncfoundation.org. If you have questions about the content of your proposal, you should contact the program officer associated with the grant opportunity..

May I submit attachments with my request?
Please submit only the attachments requested with the grant application. Attachments will need to be uploaded online.

How do I know if you received my proposal?
You will receive an email confirmation from our online application system. Please keep this email for your records.


Grant Notification

How do I find out about the status of my request?
Once a determination has been made regarding whether your application is approved or declined, you will be notified via email. We ask you not to contact us to track a proposal or to discuss the status of the proposal.. If for some unforeseen reason the notification deadline is delayed, we will contact the grant applicants directly.

How long does it take to review a proposal?
Each specific grant opportunity has its own review process; generally applicants are notified within three months of the proposal due date.

If I receive notification that I have been approved for a grant, when will I receive the actual money?
Once the grant is approved and we have all necessary materials, a grant agreement is prepared and sent to the grantee for a signature from the organization’s executive director and board chair. Once we receive a signed grant agreement, payment is usually processed within 30 days.