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Excellus BCBS accepting Community Health Award applications beginning February 1st

Nonprofit organizations in the Southern Tier region are invited to apply for grants

For Immediate Release:  2021-02-01

Contact:  Melissa Klinko, (607) 725-6695

Nonprofit organizations in upstate New York can apply for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Award grants that add up to a total of $150,000, which the company is offering to help fund health and wellness programs in upstate New York. The application period opens on Monday, February 1st and closes Friday, March 5th. 

All nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations in Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s Southern Tier region are invited to apply for an award. The award can be used for programs that have clear goals to improve the health or health care of a specific population. Any program that aims to improve the health status of the community, closes the gap in health disparities, reduces the incidence of specific diseases, promotes health education and assists our communities in dealing with COVID will be considered. For additional information and the online application, go to https://news.excellusbcbs.com/news-room/community-investments-partnerships. Award winners will be announced later this spring. 

“The company’s Community Health Awards demonstrate a corporate commitment to support local organizations that share our mission as a nonprofit health plan,” said Jessica Renner, regional president, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. “These awards complement our existing grants and sponsorships with agencies that work to improve community health, in upstate New York.”

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield divides its 31-county upstate New York operating area into four regions: the Utica region, comprising Clinton, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego and St. Lawrence counties; the Central New York region, which includes Cayuga, Cortland, Onondaga, Oswego and Tompkins counties; the Southern Tier region, including Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Tioga, Schuyler and Steuben counties; and the Rochester region, encompassing Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties. 

The company’s corporate giving follows all applicable laws and regulations and does not support funding organizations that conflict with its corporate mission, goals, policies or products.

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Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, is a nonprofit health plan with 1.5 million upstate New York members. The company's mission is to help people live healthier and more secure lives through access to high-quality, affordable health care. Its products and services include cost-saving prescription drug discounts, wellness tracking tools and access to telemedicine. With more than 3,500 employees, the company is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce to foster innovation and better serve its members. It also encourages employees to engage in their communities by providing paid volunteer time off as one of many benefits. To learn more, visit ExcellusBCBS.com.

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