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Health Priority Grants FAQs

Our spring grant cycle opens in December and our fall cycle opens in June. If you miss the deadline you will need to wait for the next grant cycle.

The Foundation does not provide grant writing assistance. However, we are available to answer questions and provide limited guidance during the process.

Your Funding

Is there a maximum dollar amount for grant requests?

No, but the proposed budget must justify the requested amount. The Foundation reserves the right to award an amount it chooses.

Do you have a minimum or maximum grant term?

No, grant terms are at the discretion of the grantee.

Are indirect costs allowable?

Indirect costs are not allowable.

Are there any additional restrictions on Foundation funds?

Funding restrictions are discussed within the application steps.

Your Letter of Intent

Any eligible organization interested in applying for a grant needs to submit a letter of intent first. 

How many copies of the Letters of Intent per organization can be submitted?

One Letter of Intent per organization per funding cycle can be submitted.

What attachments can I include with my Letter of Intent or application?

Any attachments or unrequested documents will not be reviewed nor included with your application.

Can I hand deliver my Letter of Intent or application?

No. You must submit the Letter of Intent and invited application on the grant portal.

How many copies of the Letter of Intent or application do i need to submit?

One copy.

If the Foundation denies a Letter of Intent or application, can an organization be reconsidered in a future funding cycle?

Yes, the process is the same as for first-time submissions. To be reconsidered, an organization must begin the grant process with a Letter of Intent.

My organization has submitted a Letter of Intent. What next?

We will review your Letter of Intent within approximately two weeks from the deadline date. We will then notify you if you are invited to submit an application, or if we have not accepted your Letter of Intent.

Your Full Application

After we review the letters of intent, we will invite a select number of organizations to submit a full application.

Are we guaranteed that the Foundation will award us a grant?

No. Also, if the Foundation awards a grant, it may be for less or more funds than the amount you requested.

When will I know the status?

The Foundation Board reviews the applications approximately eight weeks after the application due date. We will advise you of your application's status following the board review.

Who makes the final decision regarding approval or denial of a grant?

The BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation board of directors reviews the applications and determines grant awards.

What is the estimated start date for grants to become effective?

Grants will become effective once the grant agreements are fully executed. For the spring funding cycle, the estimated start date is early June. For the fall funding cycle, the estimated start date is early January.