Request Funding

As referenced in our recent in-person and online presentations, located here, Community Engagement has refreshed our 2016 strategy for charitable contributions. As a part of that strategy, we’ve changed our grant categories and timelines. Our grant categories are:

General Giving

Historically known as quarterly giving, this category is primarily focused on sponsorships and smaller program requests. This application is available four times a year.

First Quarter
-Application Open: October 31
-Application Closed: December 18
-Grants Awarded: Early January

Second Quarter
-Application Open: March 7
-Application Closed: April 18
-Grants Awarded: Early May

Third Quarter
-Application Open: May 3
-Application Closed: June 13
-Grants Awarded: Mid-July

Fourth Quarter
-Application Open: July 1
-Application Closed: August 22
-Grants Awarded: Mid-September

Fearless Grants

This category is made up of larger requests that support programs, general operating support and some long-term partnerships. BCBSNE’s historic Wellness Grant program, among other requests, are being considered in this new program. These grants will be awarded once in 2016 and twice in 2017.

Spring/Summer Applications
-Application Open: March 7
-Application Closed: May 16
-Grantees Contacted: Early July
-Check Presentations (if applicable): July and August

Fall/Winter Applications
-Application Open: October 31
-Application Closed: December 18
-Grantees Contacted: Early February
-Check Presentations (if applicable): March and April

Active Event Grants

Made up of sponsorships of Omaha and Lincoln-area walks, runs and bikes, this category is open once a year and populates our internal employee wellness calendar.

-Application Open: September 31
-Application Closed: October 31
-Grants Awarded: Mid-December

To see a full overview of our giving priorities, impact areas and unfunded cases – please click here.

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As a part of our refreshed strategy, we are excited to announce our integration of CyberGrants as our grants management platform! This dynamic, cloud-based solution provides grantees with a more user-friendly application, dedicated support center and an advanced application that focuses questions based on your proposal type!

To take the eligibility quiz and find out what grant category best fits your request, click here.


Affordable Care act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), sometimes called Obamacare, is a federal law designed to make health care more affordable, accessible and of higher quality.


The percentage of the bill you pay after your deductible has been met.


A fixed amount you pay when you get a covered health service.


The annual amount you pay for covered health services before your insurance begins to pay.

emergency care services

Any covered services received in a hospital emergency room setting.

health insurance marketplace (exchange)

The government Website ( where you can purchase health insurance and see if you qualify for a tax credit (subsidy) to help pay premiums and out-of-pocket costs. 

in-network provider

A provider contracted by your insurance company to accept an agreed upon payment for covered services. 

OUT-OF-network provider

A term for providers that aren’t contracting with your insurance company. (Your out-of-pocket costs will tend to be more expensive if you go to an out-of-network provider.)


Your expenses for medical care that aren’t reimbursed by insurance, including deductibles, coinsurance and co-payments.


If you can afford health insurance, but choose not to buy it, you must have a health coverage exemption or pay a tax penalty on your federal income tax return.


The amount you pay to your health insurance company each month. 

Preventive services

Health care services that focus on the prevention of disease and health maintenance.


Services and devices to help you recover if you are injured or have surgery. This includes physical, occupational and speech therapy.

special enrollment period

The time after the Open Enrollment Period when you can still purchase health insurance only if you have a qualifying life event (losing other health coverage, having a baby, getting married, moving).


A physician who has a majority of his or her practice in fields other than internal or general medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics or family practice.


Includes behavioral health treatment, counseling, and psychotherapy.

tax credit

Financial assistance from the government that helps those who are eligible pay for health insurance. Eligibility is generally determined by household income and family size.

Tiered benefit plan

A health care plan featuring multiple levels of benefits based on the network status of a particular provider.