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Background

North Carolina’s Hispanic and Latino populations make up 10 percent (a little over 1 million) of the total population, with a projected increase to 1.7 million by 2035. While we acknowledge the vibrancy and strength of this community, we also recognize the health challenges many people who identify as Latino face. Community conditions are linked to adverse health outcomes, and accessing resources needed to be healthy such as having safe housing, nutritious food, education, transportation, and health care can be limited. We know that systemic racism, language barriers, and citizenship status all play a role in these disparities.

With a growing population, there is an opportunity to strengthen a unified voice for Latino health in the state. Our approach seeks to support organizations, coalitions, and grassroots groups - particularly those with strong ties in the community - to deepen their focus on health equity and advocacy and come together as a powerful voice for change and more significant influence at the state, local, and community levels. Through this funding, we seek to support organizations working to address and improve the social conditions impacting the health of Latino communities.

Available Funding

Blue Cross NC Foundation is issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a two-year, $150,000/year ($300,000 total per organization) grant opportunity to support up to six (6) Latino-led and serving organizations or coalitions to develop or deepen a specific focus on advocacy for health equity. Supported organizations will incorporate community engagement strategies to identify community health priorities. Additionally, the grantee organizations will come together to learn from each other and identify shared priorities. Each organization will have access to technical assistance that supports their unique needs. These grants are part of a $6 million commitment to advance advocacy for Latino health equity over the next five years. Learning and activities from this two-year grant period will inform future grantmaking opportunities supporting both local and statewide work after 2024.

The primary goal of this grant support is to build the foundation for a common health equity agenda that reflects the diversity of Latino experiences across the state. This work will deepen trust and relationships in the community to connect lived experiences at the local and regional levels to shape and influence policy changes in the future.

The funding opportunity aims to:

  • Support organizations and coalitions as they develop or deepen their focus on health equity and advocacy.
  • Increase community engagement and advocacy at the local and regional levels.
  • Develop an understanding about local priorities and how they may contribute to a common agenda to advance Latino health equity statewide.

 

Eligibility

Led by and serving Latino communities – Organizations or coalitions led by, serving, and accountable to Latino people and communities. Both of the following must apply:

  • The executive director or CEO identifies as Latino/a/x or Hispanic.
  • The community served is primarily Latino/x or Hispanic as demonstrated by the demographics of those directly impacted by an organization’s work.

Type of Organization:

  • Any nonprofit organization that is exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is classified as “not a private foundation” under Section 509(a).   -OR-
  • A fiscally sponsored program – A group or project with a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization acting as a fiscal sponsor:
    • 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.

Budget:
There is no minimum organizational budget requirement.

Coalitions:
Applications involving more than one group or organization are welcome; however, one organization will be the recipient of the grant and must be an established 501(c)(3) nonprofit or fiscally sponsored organization. Organizations and coalitions of any size are eligible to apply if the other eligibility criteria have been met.

How to Apply

Applications for this grant opportunity are no longer being accepted.

Timeline

The grant opportunity will include two stages. Letters of Intent for the first stage will be due March 2, 2022. Based on an initial review for strategic alignment and eligibility criteria, organizations will be notified if they have advanced to the second stage in early April. Award decisions will be made in June.

Webinar

To provide prospective applicants with more information, we hosted a webinar on Wednesday, February 9.

During the webinar, staff from the Blue Cross NC Foundation provided background information about the approach to this funding opportunity, outlined the work the Foundation is interested in supporting, and detailed information on the application and review process.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled Frequently Asked Questions to further assist prospective applicants.

For Reference

View the Request for Proposal

Contact

If you have questions, please contact Marquita Mbonu at Marquita.Mbonu@bcbsncfoundation.org or Valerie Stewart at Valerie.Stewart@bcbsncfoundation.org