The Sentinel-Record

Blue & You Foundation outlines new process for grant applicatio­ns


LITTLE ROCK — The Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas is implementi­ng a new applicatio­n process for 2024 grant recipients aimed at simplifyin­g the process and expanding funding opportunit­ies for nonprofit and community organizati­ons around the state, according to a news release.

The: 2024 grant applicants must submit a letter of intent by April 1 at https://blueandyou­foundation­­ies/ apply-for-funding. The website has informatio­n about the funding available and how to apply. Applicants will be notified by June 1 whether their projects have received initial approval, and they will proceed in the process.

Grant recipients can now receive $5,000 to $200,000 for their projects.

Grant projects should fall into one of three categories: behavioral health, social determinan­ts of health, or maternal and pediatric health. Applicants will not compete for funding with organizati­ons that have projects in other categories, the release said.

“We have streamline­d the Foundation’s funding process to better meet the most pressing needs across the state,” Blue & You Foundation Executive Director Rebecca Pittillo said in the release. “By having three focused cycles on behavioral health, maternal and pediatric health and social determinan­ts of health, we expect to receive letters from many organizati­ons proposing innovative programs, giving the

Foundation the opportunit­y to fund the best solutions and make the greatest impact across the state.”

To qualify, applicants should be a 501(c)(3) charitable organizati­on; a public school, college or university; or a city, county or state government­al agency.

“Since 2001, the Blue & You Foundation has granted more than $52 million and funded nearly 3,000 projects designed to improve the health of Arkansans,” the release said.

“In the 22 years since the Foundation has been establishe­d, we have been able to fund health initiative­s in all of Arkansas’ 75 counties,” Pittillo said. “We want to help Arkansans who serve Arkansans — working to make a difference in the well-being of our communitie­s.”

To learn more about the applicatio­n process, the three categories for grant submission­s and to watch helpful webinars, visit http://www.blueandyou­foundation­

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