Today, judges in Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation’s Connect for Health Challenge announced the three finalists for the $100,000 grand prize and opened the voting up to you to choose the winner!
The finalists are:
East Side Community of Choice Initiative, a project that will bring diverse neighbors together in St. Paul’s Payne-Phalen neighborhood, a community that has been heavily affected by foreclosure and poverty. Watch a video to learn more.
Growing Up Healthy – Broaden and Build in Rice County, a community-based coalition of local teams working at the grassroots level to build community through neighbor-led gatherings in Northfield and Faribault. Watch the video.
Native American Somali Peacemakers, an active group in the Cedar Riverside and Phillips neighborhoods of Minneapolis that addresses growing intercultural tension by building community through collaboration. Watch the video.
BCBS wants your help to decide which project will take the honors and receive this significant funding. Voting runs through Friday, July 20.
Vote at: http://challenges.incommons.org/connectforhealth/finalists, by emailing your choice to ConnectforHealth@bluecrossmn.com, or by calling or texting 612.547.6145.
Almost 400 Entries!
The Connect for Health Challenge received a total of 386 entries, and in addition to the grand prize, it will award 20 grants of $20,000 each. A team of community reviewers has narrowed this field to 49 semi-finalists, so watch for a list of the 20 $20,000 winners, coming soon.
Check out the most creative ideas for strengthening social connections and community health from all 73 semi-finalists at: http://challenges.incommons.org/connectforhealth.
Why a Challenge?
Through the Connect for Health Challenge, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation (an MCF member) hopes to expand the base of organizations it engages with for grant opportunities, with an emphasis on reaching low-income populations and organizations in Greater Minnesota.
Because strong relationships with friends and neighbors mean people are more likely to be involved in their communities, perform better in school and live happier and healthier lives, Connect for Health will make grants to nonprofits, schools and local units of government that strengthen connections among neighbors and communities.
- Susan Stehling, MCF communications associate