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CNY Nonprofits Invited to Apply for Excellus Community Health Grants

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Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has opened applications for their Community Health Award grants, which total $115,000 to help fund health and wellness programs in upstate New York.

Eligible nonprofits in the area are invited to apply for up to $4,000 each, which can be used for programs that improve the health of the community, reduce the incidence of specific diseases, promote health education and further overall wellness.

“The company’s Community Health Awards demonstrate a corporate commitment to support local organizations that share our mission as a nonprofit health plan,” said Excellus BCBS Regional President Jim Reed. “These awards complement our existing grants and sponsorships with agencies that work to enhance quality of life, including health status, in upstate New York.”

(Photo from Cortland County’s award last year)

To be considered, eligible 501(c)(3) organizations should to submit an application before the deadline on Friday, February 14.

For additional information and the online application, go to

Award winners will be announced in March.

Last year, the Cortland County Health Department and Ithaca’s Foodnet Meals on Wheels program were two of eight winners in Central New York, selected from more than 30 applications in five counties.

Also winning were Hospice of Central New York and Person to Person, both in Syracuse, along with Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango, Integrated Community Planning of Oswego County and the Oswego YMCA.

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