April 2022: $750,000 in Grant Funding Available for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Wellness Campaign 

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois recently announced a state-wide partnership with National Fitness Campaign to launch a new round of $750,000 in grant funding to support the growth of the NFC initiative across Illinois. If you are not yet familiar with the campaign, the program is designed to bring world-class wellness infrastructure to public spaces, along with consulting, funding, and community programming support. 

Please see the BCBS press release and NFC 3 minute video describing the program below:

Press release: https://www.bcbsil.com/newsroom/news-releases/2022/build-outdoor-fitness-courts

Campaign Video: nationalfitnesscampaign.com/watch

This year’s grant funding has increased substantially based on the success of the program statewide, and the support from Blue Cross and Blue Shield, as the program has capacity to welcome up to 15 new communities to join the dozen leading partners who have joined the campaign in Illinois. Funding will be allocated in the next 90 days. 

We are pleased to provide priority access to briefings for park agencies and IPRA members from around the state who may be interested in qualifying for funding and partnership to attend a 30 minute briefing and consider receiving a feasibility study. 

Please email Heather Weishaar if you are interested in attending a priority briefing and we will assist in scheduling a 30 minute zoom call with our partners at National Fitness Campaign to support qualification for your community.