Request for Proposal

Eligibility

Because we change this program's topic yearly, eligibility varies. In 2019 this grant focuses on organizations working within the state’s 10 Regional Perinatal Quality Collaboratives, or RPQCs.

Women with opioid use disorder, who are pregnant or likely to become pregnant, face potentially adverse outcomes for themselves and their infants, including preterm labor, stillbirth, neonatal abstinence syndrome and maternal mortality.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are partnering on a new initiative called Addressing Perinatal Opioid Use Disorder to support organizations working within the state’s 10 RPQCs.

The Addressing Perinatal Opioid Use Disorder initiative will award a total of $200,000 to begin new projects, enhance or expand existing projects to reduce opioid use and harm to women and their infants. The maximum grant awarded to any organization will be $75,000. The project period will run for 18 months.

This initiative will focus on prevention of and response to opioid use disorder among women, their children and infants during pre-natal, pregnancy and post-natal stages. Funded projects will focus on service provision and must be a part of or support the strategic plans of the RPQC. Projects must be proposed and conducted by at least one non-profit member of the RPQC.

Deadline

Proposals must be received by Aug. 31, 2019 and final decisions will be announced by the end of November. Information about the program and how to apply can be found under Application instructions. The same information is available on bcbsm.com/innovations and bcbsm.com/foundation.

Application instructions

  1. Download and complete the coversheet PDF.
  2. Create a separate proposal document in Microsoft Word, making sure it addresses the following sections. You may write up to eight pages, double-spaced.
    1. Title and purpose of project: state the project objectives concisely
    2. Description of community or organizational need: community population description, including demographics and need in the community, current programs efforts
    3. Description of the project
    4. Timeline and work plan to accomplish objectives
    5. Budget for the project
    6. Expected impact:  If possible, quantify the expected impact. What measures will you collect to monitor and report your progress and outcomes?
    7. CVs, or resumes, of key staff and project leaders (not included in 8-page count)
  3. Download and complete the RPQC description worksheet.

Completed applications should be sent to innovations@bcbsm.com.