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Blue & You Foundation awards 242 mini-grants

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (May 3, 2017) --- The Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas recently awarded a record-breaking 242 mini-grants to community projects throughout the Natural State to help communities live healthier, $1,000 at a time.

“These mini-grants are used to fund such things as health fairs, exercise or healthy eating programs, community gardens, health education or the purchase of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for use in public buildings,” said Patrick O’Sullivan, executive director of the Blue & You Foundation.

The Blue & You Foundation is a charitable foundation established and funded by Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield to promote better health in Arkansas. The poor health status of Arkansans contributes to rising medical costs. By providing funding and working with other organizations, the Foundation hopes to support healthcare projects that will benefit all Arkansans.

More information on the mini-grants listed below, and all previous grants, can be found on the Foundation’s website: The Foundation’s deadline for regular grants, which range from $5,000 to $150,000, is July 14, 2017. Applications for regular grants can be made online through the Foundation website.

The Foundation anticipates awarding approximately $2.5 million in grants annually to programs that positively affect the health of Arkansans. Any 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, public charity, public school, church, non-profit hospital or governmental organization in Arkansas is eligible to apply for a grant.

View 2017 mini-grant recipients

The Blue & You Foundation is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and serves the state of Arkansas. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.