--Please Note: This funding opportunity is for invited applicants--
In 2021, the Blue Cross NC Foundation funded a scan of Food is Medicine activities in North Carolina looking specifically at interventions where health care providers are partnering with community-based nonprofit organizations to connect patients with healthy food. These Healthy Food Prescription programs are a component of the Food is Medicine movement and involve a health care provider, who assesses and identifies patients with diet-related disease and/or food insecurity and prescribes a food-based intervention that goes beyond nutrition education. The scan included surveys and interviews with 18 leaders from community organizations and 16 from health care organizations which were identified through a snowball sampling approach where each respondent identified other potential participants.
The scan provides a baseline assessment of Food is Medicine activities in the state with a specific focus on the barriers and opportunities to build equitable and sustainable partnerships between health care and community-based nonprofits. These findings have informed this funding opportunity which seeks to build the capacity, evidence, and awareness necessary to help position community-based nonprofits as a vendor of choice for health care payers and providers that want to address the food-related needs of their patients.
The purpose of this funding opportunity is to strengthen a diversity of partnerships between community-based nonprofit organizations and health care entities delivering Healthy Food Prescription programs. Grant funding is intended to increase the effectiveness and/or scale of these programs and support their engagement in a learning community to move toward a more equitable and sustainable program model. This funding opportunity was developed for the community-based nonprofits that participated in the above-mentioned scan and are profiled in the report describing Food is Medicine – Healthy Food Prescription activities in North Carolina (to be published in Spring 2022).
Grants of $200,000 over two years are available to support up to 10 community-based nonprofits to improve and/or grow their existing Healthy Food Prescription program(s).
This funding opportunity is open to community-based nonprofit organizations and fiscally sponsored programs with active Healthy Food Prescription programs that were identified through the aforementioned North Carolina Food is Medicine – Healthy Food Prescriptions scan. Additional eligibility considerations:
- Healthy Food Prescription Program is currently in operation; one year of operating experience preferred.
- Active partnership with health care provider(s) (insurer, health system, hospital, outpatient, free clinic, community health center, health department, or other).
- May be included in the Healthy Opportunities Pilots, but not required.
- Priority for local food sourcing, but not required.
- No preference for specific program design (e.g., food box, voucher, or other).
- No minimum organizational budget
Types of Eligible Organizations:
- A community-based nonprofit organization that is exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
- A fiscally sponsored program – A group or project with a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization acting as a fiscal
- The fiscal sponsor is responsible for all legal aspects of the organization or project.
- The fiscal sponsor is considered the grantee by the Foundation and agrees to be accountable to the Foundation for the programmatic and financial outcomes of the grant.
|Deadline or Activity||Date(s)|
|Funding opportunity opens||April 5, 2022|
|Q&A webinar for prospective applicants||April 20, 2022, at 1 p.m.|
|Foundation staff available for consultation - sign up here||April 21 – May 12, 2022|
|Proposal submissions due||May 13, 2022|
|Grantees selected and notified||June 10, 2022|
On April 20, Blue Cross NC Foundation hosted a webinar for invited applicants to discuss this funding opportunity and answer questions.
View the webinar recording. Access Code: c3#PeyS*
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For questions about this funding opportunity:
- Merry Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Valerie Stewart at email@example.com
For questions about the proposal submission process:
- Lasindra Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org