Eligibility Guidelines

To be eligible for a Blue Shield of California Foundation grant, organizations must also meet the following requirements:

  • Have a mission consistent with the mission and goals of Blue Shield of California Foundation.
  • Be a nonprofit and tax-exempt organization under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code (IRC) and defined as a public charity under 509(a) 1, 2, or 3 (types I, II, or a functionally integrated type III), or a governmental, tribal, or public entity.
  • Have a reputation for credibility and integrity
  • Primarily serve Californians

What We Don't Fund

  • Sponsorships for special events, competitions, athletic events, or conferences
  • Direct services to patients or clients, including medical, dental, counseling, specialty, or social services
  • Research on specific diseases or conditions (e.g.,  Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes)
  • Capital construction or endowment campaigns
  • Equipment purchase, implementation, or maintenance (e.g., electronic health record systems, mobile health vans)
  • Individual outreach and enrollment activities for public health insurance programs
  • Television or film production
  • Individuals’ insurance coverage or medical expenses
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Political causes, candidates, organizations, or campaigns
  • Individuals
  • 509 (a) 3, type III supporting organizations that are not "functionally integrated"