Grant Programs

Blue Safety Net Eligibility Guidelines

Blue Safety Net grants are awarded to support the following:

  • General operations. These grants support operating expenses that are critical in the delivery of care.
  • Special projects. These grants support projects or programs that seek to expand access to health care within a defined population, improve chronic conditions, reduce specific health care disparities, and/or educate patients to encourage appropriate use of medical resources.

Unrestricted funding

Guidelines

General operations: These grants provide core support for operating expenses that are critical in the delivery of care.

Organizations may request up to $100,000.

To be eligible for a Blue Safety Net grant, an organization must:

  • Be a nonprofit, privately-funded health clinic or health center (note: a clinic may receive federal funding as part of its revenues)
  • Provide free or nominal-fee primary medical, dental, or vision services to the uninsured and underserved
  • Be located in one of the five counties (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia) in southeastern Pennsylvania
  • Have a mission that aligns with that of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation
  • Meet the general eligibility guidelines of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation

Evaluation criteria

An organization’s grant request is evaluated based on the following:

  • Access to quality health care services
  • Increasing or expanding delivery of care
  • Improving the health and wellbeing of populations served
  • Reducing identified barriers to health care
  • Sustainable funding, innovative and collaborative partnerships

Targeted Funding

Guidelines

Special projects: These grants are intended to build capacity by supporting specific projects or programs that seek to address either quality of health care services or access to health care through:

Incorporating or Furthering a Coordinated Care Model
The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is committed to supporting health centers as they improve and maintain their quality medical care in their local neighborhoods. This special project initiative will help Blue Safety Net grantees to meet and exceed quality provisions introduced by the Affordable Care Act. Examples of eligible projects include:

  • Health centers who wish to increase quality of care delivered may choose to seek new or additional accreditations such as: PCMH Levels 1, 2, or 3; Joint Commission accreditation; any other nationally recognized accreditation organizations.
  • New or enhanced models of care that incorporate the complex, interconnected nature of mental health and physical health into daily primary care practices:
    • Integration of behavioral health into primary care: co-location, coordination, or full integration
    • Adoption of trauma-informed care practices in order to mitigate the long-term effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

OR

Increasing Access to Health Care through Technology or Other Services
The Independence Blue Cross Foundation will also be funding special project initiatives that address real and perceived barriers to care in the communities served by Blue Safety Net grantees. Examples of eligible projects include:

  • Telehealth to support long-distance care, especially for those with significant time and mobility barriers
  • Additional specialty or ancillary services such as dental or vision, on-site or in a mobile capacity
  • Expanded health center hours tailored for a specific patient population

Organizations may request up to $75,000 for special projects in these areas.

Targeted Funding Eligibility Requirements:

  • Meet the general eligibility guidelines of the Foundation
  • Must meet all Blue Safety Net eligibility requirements
  • Must have a minimum organization operational budget of $500,000

Evaluation Criteria

An organization’s grant request is evaluated based on the following:

  • Access to quality health care services
  • Increasing or expanding delivery of care
  • Improving the health and wellbeing of populations served
  • Reducing identified barriers to health care
  • Sustainable funding, innovative and collaborative partnerships

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