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Grantmaking Report: July 2021

The Blue Cross NC Foundation is pleased to share the following grants were approved in the month of July.

  • $450,000 to Education Justice Alliance to create a grassroots network of Black and Latino parents who are trained and organized to advocate for local and state solutions to address inequities in preschool suspensions and expulsions.
  • $12,500 to The Center for Child and Family Health, Inc. to implement trauma-informed modules in early education courses at nine community colleges across the state.
  • $17,500 to Stanly Community College to Train early childhood faculty in NC Community Colleges on trauma-informed practice and create a community of practice to sustain implementation of practices.
  • $25,000 to Student U to strengthen the organizational culture and increasing commitment to intentional equity practices in staffing and structure through strategic planning and executive leadership transition.

The Blue Cross NC Foundation is pleased to share the following grants were approved in the month of June.

  • $50,000 to Communities in Partnership to address emergency food needs, sourcing primarily from local producers of color, and serving predominately Black and other People of Color in East Durham.
  • $200,000 to Educational Equity Institute, Inc. to develop a community-informed racial and ethnic equity analysis of the policy landscape in North Carolina’s early education system and a framework for analyzing the equity impact of future policies.
  • $80,000 to El Centro Hispano, Inc. to provide emergency food assistance to immigrant families not eligible for SNAP in Durham, Orange, Wake, and Harnett Counties.
  • $300,000 to PODER Emma to Expand its network Latino of family child care providers in Buncombe county and engage in local and state advocacy to support its members.
  • $600,000 to Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. to adapt and scale the Medical-Legal Partnership program to integrate high-quality legal services addressing drivers of health into value-based models of care statewide.
  • $300,000 to PODER Emma to Expand its network Latino of family child care providers in Buncombe county and engage in local and state advocacy to support its members.
  • $450,000 to NC Child to center the voices and experiences of families to develop and advance policy solutions that increase oral health equity statewide.
  • $500,000 to North Carolina Black Alliance, Inc. to support the education and engagement of Black elected officials, policymakers, partners, and community stakeholders statewide, as advocates for systems changes that advance health equity.
  • $50,000 to North Carolina Community Health Center Association to provide emergency food assistance to migrant and seasonal agricultural workers in Caswell County.
  • $150,000 to North Carolina Community Health Center Association to build on existing data analysis infrastructure to drive improved patient care and develop revenue-generating services that support Community Health Center patients statewide.
  • $600,000 to North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation, Inc. to provide backbone communications, policy, and facilitation support to the networks advancing policy and system goals in the early care and education system across the state.
  • $220,000 to North Carolina Farmworkers Project, Inc. to address emergency COVID-related relief needs in rural North Carolina Latino and immigrant farmworker communities.
  • $150,000 to North Carolina Institute of Medicine to implement a Legislative Health Policy Fellows program to provide legislators and their staff with data, tools, and an increased understanding of challenges and opportunities in support of long-term, bipartisan efforts to improve health for all North Carolinians.
  • $123,000 to North Carolina Institute of Medicine to work in partnership with the NC Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) to develop a learning collaborative to support the strategic allocation of local resources through community-engaged processes at the county level.
  • $1,705,000 to North Carolina State University expand the Expand the capacity of the Committee on Racial Equity in the Food System (CORE) to support institutions in the food system to understand and address racial inequities and elevating leadership by Black, American Indian, Latino and other People of Color.
  • $300,000 to Peletah Ministries to build a family child care network supporting primarily Black providers in Craven County.
  • $50,000 to S.G. Atkins Community Development Corporation to address emergency food needs, sourcing primarily from local producers of color, and serving predominately Black and other People of Color in Winston-Salem.
  • $50,000 to SHARE-WS, Inc. to address emergency food needs, sourcing primarily from local producers of color, and serving predominately Black and other People of Color in Winston-Salem.
  • $300,000 to Superlative Academy to provide technical assistance to develop capacity of the Westside Network and three other family child care networks in Mecklenburg County.
  • $400,000 to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to develop a community-informed racial and ethnic equity analysis of the policy landscape in North Carolina’s early education system and a framework for analyzing the equity impact of future policies.
  • $71,000 to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to strengthen fiscal and administrative management skills in North Carolina’s state and local public health workforce.
  • $50,000 to West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition to address emergency food needs, sourcing primarily from local producers of color, and serving predominately Black and other People of Color in Charlotte’s West Boulevard.

The Blue Cross NC Foundation is pleased to share the following grants were approved in the month of May.

  • $500,000 to the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project to increase distribution of locally grown food through ASAP’s Appalachian Farms Feeding Families program which pairs rural food relief sites and child care centers with local farms to meet emergency food needs in 23 Western North Carolina counties and support local growers.
  • $50,000 to the Asociación de Mexicanos en Carolina del Norte (AMEXCAN) to address emergency food and other COVID-related relief needs of the Latino community in Beaufort, Craven, Duplin, Edgecombe, Greene, Hyde, Lenoir, Pitt, Nash, Wilson, and Sampson Counties.
  • $50,000 to the Caswell Family Medical Center to address emergency food and other COVID-related relief needs of communities in Caswell County.
  • $300,000 to the Charlotte Bilingual Preschool to develop a pipeline of early educators from the Latino community and an advocacy agenda to promote policies that support dual language learners in Mecklenburg County.
  • $25,000 to the Child Care Services Association to work toward a successful rollout of a new early care and education (ECE) workforce registry – critical data infrastructure for improving resource allocation, program, and policy related to workforce and early childhood outcomes.
  • $20,000 to the Coharie Intra Tribal, Inc. to address emergency food and other COVID-related relief needs of the Coharie Intra Tribe in Harnett County.
  • $25,000 to the Compañeros Inmigrantes de las Montañas en Acción (CIMA) to address emergency food and other COVID-related relief needs of the Latino community in Buncombe County.
  • $300,000 to El Centro Hispano, Inc. to engage Latino parents on early care and education policy development and advocacy in Durham, Wake, Orange, Chatham, Harnett, Franklin, Lee, Johnston, Person, and Vance Counties.
  • $300,000 to Empowered Parents in Community to address racial inequities in the early care and education system by engaging Black and other historically marginalized parents in Durham, Chatham, Orange, Granville, and Vance Counties.
  • $300,000 to Equity Before Birth to engage Black parents of young children (0-18 months) to advocate for the supports they need to thrive.
  • $1,000,000 to Feeding the Carolinas to increase distribution of locally grown and culturally appropriate food through Feeding the Carolinas’ seven member Food Banks to help meet emergency food needs in every North Carolina county and support local growers.
  • $50,000 to Greensboro Housing Coalition, Inc. to address emergency food and other COVID-related relief needs of communities in Guilford County.
  • $300,000 to Guilford Child Development to build a team of Black, Latino, and other parents of color in Guilford and Rockingham Counties who will advocate for key early childhood issues.
  • $20,000 to High Plains Indians, Inc. to address emergency food and other COVID-related relief needs of the High Plains Indian Tribe in Person County.
  • $25,000 to Hispanic League to address emergency food and other COVID-related relief needs of the Latino community in Forsyth County.
  • $50,000 to Hispanic Liaison of Chatham County / El Vinculo to address emergency food and other COVID-related relief needs of the Latino community in Chatham, Lee, Alamance, and Randolph Counties.
  • $50,000 to Hunger and Health Coalition to address emergency food and other COVID-related relief needs of communities in Avery, Ashe, and Watauga Counties.
  • $300,000 to Immersion for Spanish Language Acquisition to engage and train Latino parents to promote early care and education policy change in Orange, Guilford, Alamance, Wake, Durham, Johnston, Granville, and Chatham Counties.
  • $50,000 to Kintegra Health to provide COVID-19 emergency food assistance in the Gaston County.
  • $10,000 to Latin American Coalition to support early childhood work in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Cabarrus, Lincoln, Union, Rowan, and Catawba Counties.
  • $10,000 to Lenoir-Greene County Partnership For Children to support early childhood work in Lenoir and Greene Counties.
  • $20,000 to the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina to address emergency food and other COVID-related relief needs of the Lumbee Tribe in Robeson, Cumberland, Hoke, and Scotland Counties.
  • $20,000 to the Meherrin Indian Tribe to address emergency food and other COVID-related relief needs of the Meherrin Indian Tribe in Bertie, Gates, Hertford, and Northampton Counties.
  • $25,000 to NC Field, Inc. to address emergency food and other COVID-related relief needs of the Latino community in Craven, Duplin, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, and Wayne Counties.
  • $50,000 to Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. to address emergency food and other COVID-related relief needs of the communities in Edgecombe and Nash Counties.
  • $10,000 to Education Justice Alliance to support early childhood work throughout the state of North Carolina.
  • $100,000 to the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, Inc. to provide capacity building programs and cultivate networks supporting nonprofit leaders and organizations in an 18-county region.
  • $1,975,000 to The Conservation Fund A Nonprofit Corporation to increase capacity for COVID-relief with a focus on emergency food response using locally grown food in rural communities statewide.
  • $10,000 to Triangle Native American Society to address emergency food and other COVID-related relief needs of the Native Americans in Wake, Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Chatham Counties.
  • $20,000 to Waccamaw Siouan Indian Tribe, Inc. to address emergency food and other COVID-related relief needs of the Waccamaw Siouan Indian Tribe in Bladen and Columbus Counties.
  • $155,000 to Wake County SmartStart to conduct parent surveys in five counties to gain understanding of how and why preschool suspensions happen and what impact they have on children and families.
  • $50,000 to West Marion Community Forum to address emergency food and other COVID-related relief needs of the communities in McDowell County.
  • $25,000 to Western North Carolina Workers Center to address emergency food and other COVID-related relief needs of the Latino community in Burke, Buncombe, Henderson, and Macon Counties.

The Blue Cross NC Foundation is pleased to share the following grants were approved in the month of April.

The Blue Cross NC Foundation is pleased to share the following grants were approved in the month of February.

  • One-year investment of $25,000 to El Pueblo, Inc. to increase the organization's leadership capacity in service to the Latino community in Wake County.
  • One-year investment of $25,000 to the North Carolina Institute of Medicine to support strengthening organizational culture and increasing commitment to intentional equity practices.
  • One-year investment of $900,000 to the Go NAPSACC program of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill to support the integration of Be Active Kids, a project designed to promote physical activity among young children, into its core programming, while deepening its focus on both sustainability and racial equity.

The Blue Cross NC Foundation is pleased to share the following grant was approved in the month of December.

  • Two-year investment of $170,000 to the Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation's North Carolina Inclusive Disaster Recovery Network (NCIDR) to support the facilitation of a multi-sector coalition that creates more equitable outcomes in the disaster recovery system with a focus on rural areas.

The Blue Cross NC Foundation is pleased to share the following grants were approved in the month of November.

  • One-year investment of $40,000 to Child Care Resources, Inc. to conduct two surveys licensed of child care providers statewide to understand their needs and viability in the wake of COVID-19.
  • Three-year investment of $206,000 to Cooperative Extension at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University to strengthen the statewide community garden network in North Carolina and contribute to the development of a more diverse and inclusive network of food system advocates.
  • Three-year investment of $300,000 to the Charlotte affiliate of the National Black Child Development Institute to develop and advance programmatic and policy-based approaches to address the rising rates of suspensions and expulsions in early childhood education that disproportionately affect Black children in North Carolina.
  • 38-month investment of $3,000,000 to North Carolina Partnership for Children to build the staff and system capacity needed to embed community-centered systems change and advocacy strategies in the leadership development and executive support for local Smart Start agencies statewide.

The Blue Cross NC Foundation is pleased to share the following grants were approved in the month of October.

  • One-time investment of $25,000 to Care Share Health Alliance to support executive leadership transition.
  • 12-month investment of $100,000 to The Hunt Institute to develop a cohort of North Carolina legislators and state officials with knowledge and expertise in issues related to early education.
  • 12-month investment of $150,000 to Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. to prevent evictions and homelessness in Nash and Edgecombe in the wake of COVID-19.
  • Two-month investment of $10,000 to Tuscarora Nation of North Carolina, Inc. to meet emergency needs of tribal citizens in Robeson county as a result of COVID-19.

The Blue Cross NC Foundation is pleased to share the following grants were approved in the month of September.

The Blue Cross NC Foundation is pleased to share the following grants were approved in the month of August.

  • 19-month investment of $50,000 to Asociación de Mexicanos en Carolina del Norte to meet the emergency needs of the Latino communities living in Beaufort, Duplin, Edgecombe, Greene, Lenoir, Nash, Pitt, Sampson, and Wilson counties by providing emergency assistance to families in need in response to COVID-19.
  • 10-month investment of $25,000 to Coalicion Latinoamericana to meet the emergency needs of the Latino communities living in Mecklenburg County by providing emergency assistance to families in need in response to COVID-19.
  • 12-month investment of $25,000 to Compañeros Inmigrantes de las Montañas en Acción to meet the emergency needs of the Latinx communities living in Buncombe County by providing community-based bilingual information, referral, and case management services to families in need in response to COVID-19.
  • Two-month investment of $15,000 to the Hispanic League to meet the emergency needs of the Hispanic/Latino communities living in Forsyth County by providing emergency assistance to families in need in response to COVID-19.
  • 18-month investment of $50,000 to Hispanic Liaison of Chatham County/El Vínculo to meet the emergency needs of the Hispanic communities living in Chatham and Lee counties by providing emergency assistance to families in need in response to COVID-19.
  • 12-month investment of $20,000 to NC Field to meet the emergency needs of the Latino communities living in Greene, Lenoir, and Wayne counties by providing emergency assistance to farmworkers and their families in response to COVID-19.
  • Four-month investment of $25,000 to Western North Carolina Workers Center to meet the emergency needs of the Latinx communities living in Buncombe, Burke, Henderson, and Macon counties by providing emergency assistance to immigrant workers in response to COVID-19.