CareFirst COVID-19 Response and Relief Request For Proposal

Funds to Support Community Organizations Addressing Critical Needs Arising From COVID-19

The first round of funding for Health and Social Needs closed April 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Information on the second round of funding to address Social and Economic Needs will be announced in the future. Please check back for details.

Communities around the globe are experiencing an unprecedented strain on resources and capacity as a result of COVID-19. This rapidly evolving situation has taxed resources everywhere, particularly among disproportionately disadvantaged populations. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for enhanced public health and social needs programming to support communities most impacted by the crisis.

In a collaborative effort, CareFirst engaged more than 60 organizations to understand the most critical needs arising from COVID-19. During this process, CareFirst enlisted insight from representatives of Federally Qualified Health Centers, hospitals, direct service organizations, community and private foundations, corporate funders, and more. As a result, CareFirst has earmarked an initial investment of $2 million to aid the immediate health, social and economic needs of our communities. CareFirst will do this through two rounds of funding. In this first round of funding, health and social needs will be addressed. In the second round of funding, social and economic needs will be addressed.

CareFirst’s investments in health needs may include, but are not limited to, initiatives that:

  • Close gaps in medical care access and increasing coordinated care, especially among seniors and the immunocompromised
  • Expand access to COVID-19 testing and care
  • Outfit the care environment to enhance ability to meet complex and evolving needs safely

CareFirst’s investments in social needs may include, but are not limited to, initiatives that:

  • Minimize food insecurity, especially among school-aged children, their families, and seniors
  • Ensure individuals with greater health risks can quarantine in place by providing pharmacy and medication assistance, transportation, and meals, including medically tailored meals

CareFirst’s investments in economic needs may include, but are not limited to, initiatives that:

  • Lessen the burden of loss of revenue due to cancelled events among direct service organizations
  • Provide financial assistance to individuals in industries impacted by limited and lost wages
  • Create opportunities for emergency staffing recognizing the decrease in available staff and volunteers for needed services

Through the release of multiple requests for proposals (RFP), CareFirst will support nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations or public health entities working to provide relief to communities’ health, social, and economic needs that continue to arise during the COVID-19 pandemic. CareFirst funding will support organizations during the outbreak and recovery phases. Special consideration will be given to organizations serving disproportionately impacted populations (e.g., seniors, individuals with greater health risks, persons experiencing homelessness, populations with limited English language proficiency, and/or other special populations).

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