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Monday, February 07, 2022

Highmark West Virginia Charitable Fund for Health seeks substance use program grant applications

New RFP Offered to W.Va. Non-Profits Focused on Combating SUD Epidemic 

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (February 7, 2022) – Officials from the Highmark West Virginia Charitable Fund for Health today announced it is accepting grant proposals for West Virginia-based programs and initiatives that address Substance Use Disorder (SUD). The Request for Proposals (RFP) is open to health, community and social service organizations that specifically address SUDs. The deadline to apply is March 30, 2022.

The Highmark West Virginia Charitable Fund for Health will award $500,000 dollars in grant funding to individual West Virginia-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations between $50,000- $100,000 each to support initiating effective SUD health programs and services or expanding existing services that offer viable approaches to prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and support for long-term recovery.

“The new SUD RFP supports Highmark Health’s multipronged opioid strategy to combat addiction, which is a real struggle many West Virginians face,” said Highmark West Virginia President Jim Fawcett. “Our strategy is a comprehensive approach that emphasizes primary prevention, safe prescribing, high-quality and accessible addiction treatment, and community support. We are thrilled to lend our support to organizations that are doing tremendous, life-changing work to help end the SUD epidemic in West Virginia.”

This is the third RFP the Charitable Fund has offered within its inaugural year. The Charitable Fund has already awarded $1.3 million in major grants to 39 organizations that implement programs to address Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) and Oral/Dental Care. SDoH and Oral Care grants are aimed to improve health outcomes in priority health areas, such as community health, family health, access to care, service delivery systems, chronic disease and oral health.

The SUD RFP is available at www.highmarkwvfund.versaic.com.  Interested non-profit organizations must apply by Wednesday, March 30, 2022 and grantees will be announced May 2022.

About Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia serves approximately 246,000 members through the company’s health care benefits business and hundreds of thousands of additional members through the BlueCard® program. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of West Virginia holds the largest share of the commercial market, and more West Virginians carry a Blue Cross Blue Shield card than any other insurance carrier in the state. With offices in Parkersburg and Wheeling, Highmark West Virginia employs approximately 700 people and serves as a key economic driver in the state with its total economic impact reaching $262 million.

Highmark Foundation
The Highmark Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private, charitable organization dedicated to improving the health, well-being, and quality of life for individuals and communities throughout the areas served by Highmark Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. We fulfill our mission by awarding high-impact grants to charitable organizations that implement evidence-based programs aimed at improving community health. Central to the Foundation’s mission is identifying and continuously re-evaluation our region’s prevailing health care needs. By doing so, the Foundation remains at the forefront of those needs, well equipped to pinpoint issues that most urgently need support. For more information, visit www.highmarkfoundation.org   

About Highmark West Virginia Charitable Fund
The Highmark West Virginia Charitable Fund for Health is a restricted fund of the Highmark Foundation. The Charitable Fund for Health‘s mission is to improve the health, well-being and quality of life for individuals who reside in all 55 counties in West Virginia. The Highmark West Virginia Charitable Fund for Health strives to support programs that impact multiple counties and work collaboratively to leverage additional funding to achieve replicable models. For more information, visit www.highmarkfoundation.org.  

For more information, contact

Cathy McAlister
Executive Director
Highmark WV Charitable Fund for Health
304-347-7754
cathy.mcalister@highmarkhealth.org