Building Healthier Rural Community (BUILD) Grants Program
The purpose of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota
(BCBSND) Caring Foundation Building Healthier Rural
Community (BUILD) Grants Program is to focus on
transforming the health and well-being of rural North
Dakotans and address the social determinants of health
affecting its communities so we can build a better future
of equity and full potential for all.
The program targets the following primary focus areas:
Education access and quality
Healthcare access and quality
Neighborhood and built environment
Social and community context
It is anticipated that six to eight grants will be
awarded in the amounts of $5,000 to $7,500.
Proposals must be submitted via online submission by 5:00 pm Central
December 22, 2023
Notification of awards
January 1, 2024
Funding period begins
June 1, 2024
Interim report due
December 31, 2024
Project must be completed and funds expended. Final report and invoice must be submitted.
Year 19 Awardees, 2024
These projects must be completed and funds expended by December 31, 2024. Final report and invoice must be
submitted by December 31, 2024.
Compass Health, Inc. – Kenmare
The focus of this program is to create a mental health coaching program to address the growing need for
mental health assistance in an area that lacks mental health professionals.
Cooperstown Center Medical Foundation – Cooperstown
The focus of this project is on creating a handicap accessible garden that is a safe environment for our
care residents and community to connect to nature, associated with improving physical and mental health.
Eckert Youth Homes – Williston
In this project, Eckert Youth Homes will purchase the RealCare Baby 3 Simulator and accompanying four
section curriculum and incorporate this education into existing programming.
House of Everyday Learning – Fargo
The focus of this project is to help alleviate the burdens that families experience driving to Fargo for
pediatric screenings or therapy services on a weekly or bi-weekly frequency. The Mobile Therapy Unit Program
brings these services directly to rural communities and decreases barriers such as transportation, cost, and
time away from work and school for the families that it serves, while also increasing availability and
access to healthcare.
Langdon Prairie Health – Langdon
The focus of this project is to reach out to the Langdon community to educate and provide resources to
everyone from all walks of life and socioeconomic backgrounds that mental health services are available by
telehealth in a private, confidential and secure setting, concentrating on two specific population groups,
youth and farmers, to assist in treatment of depression, anxiety, traumatic events.
Northland Health Center – Turtle Lake
The focus of project "A Care Closet" is to provide a free resource for students and their families who are
experiencing hardships: food insecurity, lack of weather-appropriate clothing, basic hygiene supplies,
school supplies, and more.
Pembina County Memorial Hospital – Cavalier
The focus of this project is to provide an outdoor activity for the residents, staff, and community
volunteers at Wedgewood Manor, a skilled nursing facility in Cavalier. Cycling with Love includes all ages
and stages of life.
Sanford Health – Hillsboro
The focus of this project is to provide adaptive devices to allow those with mobility issues to get to
Sanford Health – Valley City
The focus of this project is the Promotion of Breastfeeding in Rural Populations program. The program will
address several social determinants of health areas including healthcare access and quality, economic
stability, and education access and quality. One Certified Lactation Consultant and two nurses will travel
to other Sanford Health rural clinics where lactation services and support do not exist.