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Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Caring Foundation Rural Health Grant Program

The purpose of the BCBSND Caring Foundation Rural Health Grant Program is to serve and show benefit to rural North Dakotans and their health needs, and raise awareness for the need for all ages to engage in more daily, physical activity, and overall wellness.

The program targets the following primary focus area(s):

  • Activities that endorse and support activity and wellness for all ages
  • Supplies that endorse and support activity and wellness for all ages
  • Programs that endorse and support activity and wellness for all ages
  • Events that endorse and support activity and wellness for all ages

2019-2020 Guidance

    Deadline to submit was 5:00 pm Central on January 9, 2019.
Important Dates:
Monday, December 17, 2018
10:00 – 10:30 am Central
Technical assistance conference call for interested applicants. Call in number: (866) 809-4014 Passcode: 7776782#
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 Proposals must be received via email by 5:00 pm Central
Friday, February 1, 2019
Notification of awards
Thursday, August 15, 2019 Interim report due
Saturday, February 15, 2020 Project must be completed, final report submitted, and funds expended

Year 14 Awardees, 2019-2020

  1. Towner County Medical Center, Cando
    Towner County Medical Center will be adding a recumbent bike to their building fitness center.
  2. Carrington Health Center, Carrington
    Carrington Health Center will be purchasing an industrial-grade treadmill for their staff fitness center, as well as offering health promotion workshops focusing on meal prep and physical activity.
  3. St. Luke’s Medical Center, Crosby
    St. Luke’s will host a 5k fun run/walk fundraising event with proceeds being used to upgrade irrigation system control units for the Crosby Country Club.
  4. CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson Foundation, Dickinson
    CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson will host a Glow Run 5k event with the proceeds used locally to promote awareness and assistance to diabetic patients in the community.
  5. West River Health Services, Hettinger
    West River Health Services will hold a four-week "Walk Across America" challenge for their employees and those of local businesses, competing in a virtual walk across America.
  6. LaMoure County Public Health Department, LaMoure
    LaMoure County Health Department, in partnership with the LaMoure City Park board, will install a disc golf course for LaMoure-area residents.
  7. CHI Lisbon Health, Lisbon
    CHI Lisbon Health, together with the North Dakota State University Extension office, Lisbon Park Board, and Ransom County Public Health, will sponsor a "Summer Water & Wellness Day," focusing on water aerobics, healthy eating, hydration in the heat, and summer skin protection.
  8. North Dakota Veteran's Home, Lisbon
    North Dakota State Veteran's Home will purchase exercise equipment to start a gym program as well as free consultations with a personal health and wellness coach.
  9. Nelson County Health System, McVille
    The Nelson County Health System will purchase playground equipment for their employee child care facility.
  10. Presentation Medical Center, Rolla
    Presentation Medical Center, together with the Mount Pleasant Elementary School (Rolla school) will purchase swing sets and teeter-totters to promote physical activity for children ages K-12.
  11. Presentation Medical Center, Rolla
    Presentation Medical Center, together with the Rolla Day Care, will purchase a merry-go-round for the day care's children.
  12. Heart of America Medical Center, Rugby
    Heart of America Medical Center, in conjunction with Pierce County Public Health, will hold a health and wellness fair in Rugby to promote healthy lifestyles and information on improving overall health and fitness and fitness opportunities.
  13. Mountrail County Health Foundation, Stanley
    Mountrail County Health Foundation, partnered with the Stanley High School, will host "Skittle Skool," where presenters will inform students from grades 7-12 about the hidden dangers that they may encounter.
  14. CHI St. Alexius Health, Williston
    CHI St. Alexius Health Williston has partnered with Bakken Elementary School, Williston Trinity Christian School, and the Williston Parks and Recreation District to create a "Step Across America" challenge—a 40-day competition between all fifth and sixth graders to collectively walk a distance equivalent to that across America.

Summaries of Past BCBSND Grants