Highmark Delaware BluePrints for the Community

In 2007, Highmark Delaware established BluePrints for the Community, a grant program to help address the issues faced by Delaware's uninsured and underserved populations. The program was established as a donor-advised fund at the Delaware Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization that manages and administers charitable funds throughout Delaware. Since its inception, the grant program has awarded over 200 grants, totaling more than $19 million.

The grant program focuses on:

  • Addressing social determinants of health
  • Increasing access to health care for the uninsured/underserved
  • Reducing health disparities in minority communities
  • Supporting early childhood development with initiatives focused on health
  • Recruiting and training health care professionals.
Special Social Determinants of Health Grant

The deadline for the BluePrints for the Community Special Social Determinants of Health grant cycle is now closed. The deadline to apply was October 21, 2020.  Recipients will be announced in December 2020.

Request for Funding

Eligibility:

  • Applying organization must be an incorporated not-for-profit (501c3) or eligible government agency (must operate to serve the public good and not generate revenue, i.e. libraries, parks, public school districts; not the office of Management & Budget or the Division of Revenue)
  • BluePrints for the Community does not award grants to individuals
  • Applicants must disclose any conflict of interest due to representation by their organization on the BCBSD Advisory Council or Board of Directors or the Delaware Community Foundation Board of Directors

Normal Grant Requests

BluePrints for the Community normal grant requests are currently being accepted at highmark.versaic.com. Applicants MUST choose BluePrints for the Community as their submission type. Please DO NOT select Grants/Dues or Sponsorships. Our application process is currently in transition, but all letters of intent received through mid-January 2021 will be reviewed and announced in March 2021.

Small Grant Requests

BluePrints for the Community request for small grants are reviewed on a rolling basis with decisions announced to applicants during the first week of each month. Small Grants cannot exceed $20,000.00. Small Grants should be requests at highmark.versaic.com. Applicants MUST choose BluePrints for the Community as their submission type. Please DO NOT select Grants/Dues or Sponsorships. Our application process is currently in transition, but all requests submitted through Versaic will be considered until further notice.

The budget template includes a list of acceptable budget items. Questions can be emailed to Denée Crumrine at denee.crumrine@highmarkhealth.org.