Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska awards Fearless Grants

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) will be awarding more than $150,000 in Fearless Grants across Nebraska, border-to-border in the coming months.

Each grant is focused on championing inspirational, motivational and aspirational work. The grants span BCBSNE’s focus areas of health and wellness, human services and education.

“We’re expanding our giving beyond health and wellness to reach organizations that are doing fearless work in their communities and across the state,” Pat Bourne, BCBSNE senior vice president, said. “Our scope has also broadened to include Omaha and Lincoln. We think it’s the best way to have an impact on the health and quality of life in Nebraska.”

Fearless Grants are part of BCBSNE’s statewide efforts to contribute more than $1 million statewide in grants, sponsorships and community improvement.

The grants will be given to the following organizations:

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Midlands, Omaha - $6,000 for community-based mentoring for youth facing adversity

Central Nebraska Community Action Partnership, Loup City - $12,000 for the health and nutrition department

Food Bank for the Heartland, Statewide - $20,000 for the Fresh Produce program

Hope Harbor, Grand Island - $10,000 for emergency shelter services

Nebraska Lions Foundation, Statewide - $50,000 for the Nebraska Lions Foundation Mobile screening Unit

Child Guidance Center, Lincoln -  $7,500 child-centered mental health services

Project Fit America, Shelton - $16,500 for curriculum-based fitness program and equipment

Public Health Services, Crete -$12,000 to support the Life of Smiles program

Siena/Francis House Homeless Shelter, Omaha – $10,000 for the Miracles Addiction Recovery and Mental Health Services Program

Third City Community Clinic, Grand Island – $7,500 for medical, dental and pharmaceutical care for low income individuals

Voices of Hope, Lincoln – $5,000 to support sexual assault prevention and response 

BCBSNE’s Fearless Grants are just one example of how the 36 independent and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies nationwide are investing in the communities they serve.  The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association releases an annual measurement of that community involvement in the Investing in America’s Health report.

Download a summary of the programs that are receiving grants.

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