Awards will go to area nonprofits that promote healthy living in the Finger Lakes region

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield makes $100,000 in Community Health Awards available to nonprofits in upstate New York. The deadline to submit an application to be considered for an award is Monday, Oct. 8.

The grants help fund health and wellness programs in Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s 31-county upstate New York region. Nonprofits are invited to apply for an award of up to $4,000 each. The award can be used for programs that have clear goals to improve the health or health care of a specific population. Programs that improve the health status of the community, reduce the incidence of specific diseases, promote health education and further overall wellness will be considered. Award winners will be announced in November.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield divides its 31-county upstate New York operating area into four regions: The Rochester region, encompassing Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties; the Central New York region; the Central New York Southern Tier region; and the Utica region.

Earlier this year, 13 Rochester-area organizations were selected from among 36 nonprofit applicants to share in $91,200 in Community Health Awards. The awardees included: Angel Care Ministry of St. Marianne Cope Parish; AutismUp; Boys and Girls Clubs of Rochester; Council on Alcoholism and Addictions of the Finger Lakes of Ontario County; DePaul Community Services; Friendship Children’s Center; Home Meal Service, Inc. of Wayne County; InterVol; Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach, Inc.; St. John Fisher College; The Partnership for Ontario County, Inc.; Ontario County, Volunteers of America of Western New York, Inc.; and Wilson Commencement Park.

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