CHICAGO, Feb. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Recognizing that the social impacts of COVID-19 are still great, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) is opening a second round of funding to support community-based organizations addressing crucial needs for people across the state.
"We've stepped up since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis to give our members, providers and communities access to care, coverage and social supports," said Harmony Harrington, vice-president government and community relations for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. "Now in year two, as the pandemic has grown and evolved, I'm proud that we are offering additional funding to social service organizations offering support to our most vulnerable neighbors."
BCBSIL today opened an additional round of quick-release funding to support community-based organizations supporting five focus areas - access to care, hunger, shelter and behavioral health, and COVID-19 health education and vaccine access. This grant cycle will again offer 75 grants of $20,000 and is open to prior recipients of BCBSIL's COVID-19 Community Collaboration funding, however prior grantees are not guaranteed a second award. Key dates for the program:
Learn more on our dedicated COVID-19 website about how we are responding to the pandemic for our members, including expanding access in areas such as testing, treatment, pharmacy and telehealth related to COVID-19.
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