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Community health awards available

Bob Thompson

Bob Thompson

Nonprofits and municipalities in the Finger Lakes Region can apply for $35,000 in community health awards for programs targeting chronic diseases, including diabetes and heart disease, and mental health conditions.

Nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations and municipalities in Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s six-county Finger Lakes Region are invited to apply for awards of up to $5,000 each. Grants can be used for programs that have clear goals to improve the health of a specific population in the community through the prevention of chronic diseases or mental health conditions.

“Our Community Health Awards for health and wellness programs in the Finger Lakes Region helps us fulfill our mission to improve the health and health care of the residents of the communities we serve,” said Bob Thompson, vice president of community health engagement, Excellus BCBS.

To be eligible, the organization must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit or a municipality located in Monroe, Wayne, Ontario, Livingston, Seneca or Yates counties.

The deadline to submit an application is Feb. 17. Applications and additional information are available online at or by emailing Awards will be distributed in March 2014.