Grant Dates for 2022 are TBD
Funding provided from the Rural Health Care Fund, established by Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska.
This time-limited grant program was established in late 2019 by Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, which has generously provided $3 million for the fund. It is being administered in partnership with Rasmuson Foundation and the Alaska Community Foundation.
Eligible organizations: Defined as community health centers, outpatient clinics, Alaska Native organization and tribal government-operated clinics and/or hospitals, critical access hospitals, sole community hospitals located in rural and remote locations of Alaska. Organizations must be based in Alaska, either have 501(c)(3) status and classified as a “not a private foundation” under section 509(a) of the tax code, or units of government, such as a city or tribal government. Organizations may receive multiple grants if projects are at different sites of service.
Grant Requests: Requests may be up to $100,000. Eligible projects are short-term capital projects, including the purchase of medical and dental equipment, technology, vehicles, and ancillary equipment for emergency services, facility renovations, and restorations, and furnishings. Preference will be given to projects that improve healthcare delivery quality, as demonstrated by evidence-based research. The Fund will generally not support: a reimbursement for already purchased items or completed project components; projects associated with core government functions, including but not limited to roads, utilities, and public safety; K-12 education; general operations, administrative, indirect, or overhead costs; deficits or debt reduction; endowments; scholarships; or fundraising events or sponsorships.
Evaluation: Applications will primarily be evaluated on the following criteria: The organization’s history, fiscal capacity, an active board of directors, staff experience, financial support and the project’s other funding sources, sustainability, and benefit to the organization and community and/or region served. The Fund will prioritize projects to distribute grant funding, to the extent feasible, equitably across Alaska’s geographic regions.
To best position your application for success, applicants are strongly encouraged to connect with ACF staff ahead of time to discuss their project by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 907-334-6700.
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