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To apply for a Grant or a Associate Matching Grant, select the Apply for Funding tab above.

Please allow up to eight weeks for your application to be reviewed.

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CareFirst’s Office of Public Policy and Community Affairs administers the sponsorship process. Before submitting an online application, confirm that your organization and request meet the requirements (see Eligibility Guidelines below).

In accordance with our mission, CareFirst focuses funding efforts on programs that improve the access and affordability of health care, improve health care quality and safety, and support health and wellness initiatives.

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Please visit the Our Giving tab above to learn more about the programs and types of initiatives we support.

The organizations must:

  • Be located in our service area, which comprises the Charleston, WV area, Maryland, Northern Virginia (east of Rt. 123) and the District of Columbia;
  • Address CareFirst's community outreach mission;
  • Possess exemption by the Internal Revenue Service under section 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) of the tax code;
  • Have a current, satisfactory audit conducted by a certified public accountant (preferred); and,
  • Have a long-standing reputation for credibility and integrity.
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It is the Company's policy to decline requests to benefit:

  • Organizations without the IRS 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) status;
  • Organizations outside of the CareFirst service area;
  • Profit-making organizations;
  • Individuals who request contributions for personal activities (e.g. little leagues, beauty pageants, fundraising challenges);
  • Building funds or capital campaigns;
  • Direct scholarships for individuals;
  • Political causes or campaigns;
  • Organizations that exist primarily to influence legislators or intervene in political campaigns;
  • The national office of an organization without a local chapter;
  • Schools, PTA organizations, or sports teams;
  • Fraternities and sororities;
  • Service clubs (e.g., Kiwanis, Lodges, etc.);
  • Religious organizations when denominational or sectarian; or,
  • Any institution or organization that discriminates by sex, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed or ethnic origin.
Sponsorship applications are accepted throughout the calendar year. Upon receipt, applications are reviewed and an acknowledgement of receipt is sent to the applicant. Please allow for up to eight weeks for review.

Follow these guidelines when submitting a sponsorship application:
  1. Confirm that your request is consistent with the eligibility guidelines (see Eligibility Guidelines above) established by the CareFirst Board of Directors.
  2. All applications must be submitted online using the Sponsorship Application.
  3. Applications can be saved and completed at a later date, if needed. (See: Resume Application in main menu.)
  4. Once you've completed the application, click the SUBMIT button. You will receive an electronic acknowledgement of our receipt.
Please send questions about the grant process to CareFirst’s Community Affairs team. Be sure to include your name and contact information in the email.

Note: We recognize that there are many worthwhile charitable organizations doing outstanding work throughout our service area. We will support as many charitable organizations—consistent with our giving guidelines—as our funding allows.

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