Health Care Equipment and Training Grants (2017)


NOTE: The application period for these grants has closed. 

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation is currently soliciting proposals for equipment and training grants that improve health outcomes for North Carolinians served by safety net health care organizations. These grants are intended to enhance the quality, capacity, or scope of service of existing providers that have demonstrated their ability to deliver quality clinical care.

Grants Available

Grants of up to $10,000 are available in this grant cycle.

It is expected that many of these grants will cover training and purchases of small equipment that improve quality or increase the capacity or scope of service of safety net providers. The impacts of funded projects are expected to be sustainable over time. Each applicant organization is limited to one application in the current cycle.

The most competitive projects will complement or enhance existing activities or strategies at the state or local levels. Grants will be prioritized to support safety net clinics with a focus on rural health centers, free and charitable clinics, community health centers, and public health departments.

Key Dates
  • June 5: Grant opens, all materials available online
  • June 7 : Applicant Q&A  via webinar. Recording is now available.
  • July 7: Grant proposals due by 5:00 p.m.
  • July 24 (week of) Grantee notification
  • August 10: New Grantee webinar at noon – “Getting to Know You: Communication, Results, and Reporting”
Target Population

Funding will be prioritized for projects that serve low-income, uninsured, and underserved individuals receiving health services from safety net health care organizations.

Measurable Outcomes

All funded projects must measure impact or results. Outcomes may include things such as:

  • Increase in access to care for underserved populations
  • Reduction of untreated disease in some number or percent of target population
  • Increase in value of care provided to an underserved population
  • Improvement in quality of care
  • Policy or practice change in participating organizations
  • Change in organizational culture

Grant-funded purchases are anticipated to include the following (not a comprehensive list):

  • Equipment that will allow a safety net provider to deliver more care in their own setting rather than referring a patient out for care
  • Equipment that enhances provider efficiency or quality of care
  • Training that enhances quality of care or access to care for underserved populations
  • Training that supports team-based clinicians in operating at the top of their license
  • Training or coaching that enhances organizational focus on social determinants of health, health equity, or increases cultural competence of administrators and/or health care providers
Ineligible Expenses
  • Capital expenses for large equipment related to on-going campaigns
  • Ongoing operating expenses for existing programs
  • Consumables such as diabetic testing strips
  • Exercise equipment
  • Eligible organizations are those with 501(c)(3) status or government entities with tax-exempt status. Private foundations and Type III supporting organizations are not eligible.
  • The target audience must be located within the state of North Carolina.
Required Documentation

As part of the application process, you will be asked for the following documents:

  • Proof of nonprofit or government status
  • List of board of directors (if applicable)
How to Apply

NOTE: The application period for these grants has closed. 

Completed submissions are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on July 7, 2017, and should be submitted via the online portal as described below.

Start a New Grant Request – Only use this link to start your request the first time. If you have already started and saved a request, but have not yet submitted the request, please just log in to the online portal to complete your request.

  • The online fields can be completed in stages as long as you click the “save and finish later” button found at the bottom of each page.
  • To access a partially completed proposal it is important that you log in to the online portal and sign-in as a “returning” applicant.
  • If you have questions or problems with the online application, please contact Michael Gay at