Funding FAQs

The Blue Cross Foundation strives to provide an equitable and transparent grantmaking process and to deliver high-quality service and support to both potential and current grantees. This section shares general information about the Foundation’s grantmaking process, including a link to our funding portal and commonly used documents. Be sure to review the specific guidelines released for each funding opportunity.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Foundation awards the majority of its grants through a competitive application and review process.

All prospective grantees undergo a legal, financial and programmatic review.

To be considered for funding, an organization must meet all eligibility criteria for the specific funding opportunity, as outlined in its guidelines; and prospective grantees must complete an online application, including all required documents.

Open funding opportunities are announced on this website and through our e-newsletter. We encourage you to sign up for our e-newsletters using the link at the bottom of the page to receive funding alerts and learn about the Foundation and the work of our grantees.

Applicants may only apply for a grant if the Foundation has an open funding opportunity. To complete an application during an open funding opportunity log in to the Online Foundation Funding Portal to complete an application. Select Foundation from the drop-down menu under the Funding Opportunities heading. A link to apply will only be visible if the Foundation has an open opportunity.

We focus exclusively on people and places in Minnesota.

The Foundation funds entities that are classified by the Internal Revenue Service as tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are classified as “not a private foundation” under Section 509(a). We also fund fiscal sponsors.

The following types of organizations are not eligible to apply:

  • For-profit organizations
  • Private foundations
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status

As required by the Internal Revenue Code, the Foundation will not fund attempts to influence specific pending or proposed legislation, including referenda, local ordinances and resolutions. This prohibition generally includes direct lobbying of legislators and other government officials with respect to specific legislation and mass-media advertising campaigns aimed at influencing specific legislation.

The Blue Cross Foundation typically does not make grants for galas, conferences or fundraising benefits.

The Foundation does not make grants for the following:

  • Assistance for individuals, including scholarships
  • Activities for specific religious purposes
  • Clinical quality-improvement activities
  • Biomedical research
  • Back payroll taxes
  • Building purchase, remodeling or furnishing of facilities, or other capital expenditures
  • Direct health care services including medical, dental, and mental health
  • Director and officers’ insurance
  • Equipment or travel, except as related to project activities
  • Endowments, fundraising events or development campaigns
  • Legal fees, including the cost of litigation or settlements, incurred by grantees
  • Retiring debt or covering deficits
  • Payment of services or benefits reimbursable from other sources
  • Vehicle purchase


Contact information is available on our Contact Us page.