Nonprofit organizations in the six-county Finger Lakes region are invited to apply for an award of up to $4,000 each.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield announced its annual application process for Community Health Award grants. Nonprofit organizations in the six-county Finger Lakes region are invited to apply by Oct. 10 for an award of up to $4,000 each.

The six-county Finger Lakes region covers: Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties.

Throughout the Finger Lakes and Utica/North Country regions of upstate New York nonprofits will share in a total of $55,000, the health insurer announced. Excellus BCBS expects to issue a total of $165,000 in Community Health Awards by the end of 2017. Earlier this year, the health plan awarded $110,000 in grants to 36 nonprofits from throughout its entire 31-county upstate New York operating area.

“Excellus BCBS supports the Community Health Awards because of the potential to improve the health of so many people in our communities, whether they’re inner city students overcome by trauma, refugees growing their own food at an urban farm, or rural teenagers looking for a safe and educational after-school program,” stated Holly Snow, director, community health engagement, Excellus BCBS.

The award can be used for programs that have clear goals to improve the health or health care of a specific population. For the fall 2017 awards, Excellus BCBS will also consider funding nonprofits that are pursuing a new or innovative approach to improving community health.

“It can be hard for a small nonprofit to find the funds needed to try an innovative idea,” Snow stated. “We’re hopeful that our Community Health Awards will provide at least one nonprofit with the support needed to launch a fresh approach to a critical health problem.”

The deadline to submit an application to be considered for an Excellus BCBS Community Health Award is Tuesday, Oct. 10. For additional information and the online application, go to excellusbcbs.com/community.