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Excellus BCBS makes $100,000 in Community Health Awards available to nonprofits in upstate NY

For Immediate Release:  2019-02-05

Contact:  Karen Feigel, (585) 238-4374 / Karen Feigel, (585) 238-4308 /

Nonprofit organizations in upstate New York can apply for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Award grants that add up to a total of $100,000, which the company is offering to help fund health and wellness programs in upstate New York.

Nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations in Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s 31-county upstate New York region are invited to apply for an award of up to $4,000 each. The award can be used for programs that have clear goals to improve the health or health care of a specific population. Programs that improve the health status of the community, reduce the incidence of specific diseases, promote health education and further overall wellness will be considered.

The deadline to submit an application to be considered for an Excellus BCBS Community Health Award is Tuesday, March 5. For additional information and the online application, go to Award winners will be announced in the 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 Holly Snow, director, community engagement, Excellus BCBS. “These awards complement our existing grants and sponsorships with agencies that work to enhance quality of life, including health status, in upstate New York.”

Earlier this year, nearly 40 organizations received Excellus BCBS Community Health Awards from last fall, when more than 140 applications were submitted by organizations in the 31-county service area. The winning organizations included:

  • 13thirty Cancer Connect (Rochester area)
  • Bishop Sheen Ecumenical Housing Foundation, Inc. (Rochester area)
  • Cayuga Centers (Auburn)
  • Cayuga Community Health Network (Auburn)
  • Champlain Children’s Learning Center (Rouses Point)
  • Clayton Avenue Elementary School (Southern Tier)
  • Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning (Rochester area)
  • Economic Opportunity Program (Southern Tier)
  • Eldridge Park (Southern Tier)
  • Family Promise of Ontario County Inc.
  • Finger Lakes Migrant Health Care Project, Inc.
  • Food Bank of Central New York
  • Foundation for Dansville Education
  • GiGi’s Playhouse Rochester
  • Helio Health (Syracuse)
  • Heritage Christian Services Inc. (Rochester area)
  • Kelberman Center and Masonic Care Community (Utica)
  • Literacy of Northern New York (Watertown)
  • NAMI Rochester
  • Pathfinder Village Foundation (Edmeston)
  • REACH CNY (Syracuse)
  • Rescue Mission (Syracuse)
  • RESOLVE of Greater Rochester, Inc.
  • Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (Oswego)
  • S2AY Rural Health Network (Rochester area)
  • The Children’s Agenda and Veterans Outreach Center Inc.
  • The First Tee Corning (Southern Tier)
  • Watertown YMCA

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield divides its 31-county upstate New York operating area into four regions: the Central New York region, the Central New York Southern Tier region, the Rochester region, and the Utica region.

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