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Government entities and nonprofit groups can apply for 2020 funding to create or revitalize public spaces; Applications accepted Aug. 1-31, 2019.
The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation will begin accepting proposals for BlueCross Healthy Place projects on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. Interested parties can submit proposals for 2020 funding through Saturday, Aug. 31. All proposals must be submitted through the foundation’s online portal.
The BlueCross Healthy Place program supports the wellbeing of Tennesseans by creating active, healthy spaces in both urban and rural areas across the state. These spaces provide places for neighbors to connect, develop relationships and strengthen bonds that form the backbone of communities.
Through the program, the BlueCross Foundation works with both government entities and nonprofit partners to develop and revitalize public spaces. Each year, the foundation will award up to $7.5 million to fund BlueCross Healthy Place projects across the state.
To qualify for funding, spaces will need to be free and open to the public, and proposed projects must demonstrate a community benefit and include community input. Applicants must provide evidence of land ownership and community engagement. Additional eligibility requirements are available on the project website.
“Public spaces have the power to bring people together, strengthen community ties and improve the overall wellbeing of Tennesseans,” says Scott Wilson, director of community relations and BlueCross foundation. “We look forward to creating and enhancing these spaces throughout the state in the coming years.”
Work is underway on two 2019 BlueCross Healthy Place projects: the BlueCross Healthy Place at Huntland City Park and the BlueCross Healthy Place at Highland Park in Chattanooga. The first project under the program, the BlueCross Healthy Place at David Carnes Park in Memphis, will celebrate its grand opening soon.
About BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation, Inc.
The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. was established in December 2003 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation organized to promote the philanthropic mission of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. The foundation provides funding for the BlueCross Healthy Place program, which creates active, healthy spaces across Tennessee.
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s mission is to provide peace of mind through better health. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based company is focused on serving more than 3.5 million members in Tennessee and across the country. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company's website at www.bcbst.com.