So that all potential applicants have access to the same information, questions and answers relevant to specific RFPs are posted here.
Do you have a question about any of our community funding programs? Either leave a message on our toll-free line (800-760-0052) or e-mail us at Prevention_Funding@bluecrossmn.com. Then look for the answer here.
Newly posted questions appear first in each category.
New answer, January 2007: Please refer to the specific RFP. Some RFPs require that all applicants submit an intent-to-apply notice by the deadline. Other RFPs encourage, but do not require, submission on an intent-to-apply notice.
A: Yes, although all essential information that our reviewers should know about your organization or your project should be included in your narrative. If you choose, you may include a reasonable number of substantive attachments that enhance the narrative (please omit items such as t-shirts). Make sure all copies of your proposal include the attachments you want reviewers to see.
We do not have sample proposals for any of our funding programs. If you have a question regarding our funding program in general, or regarding a specific RFP, please email your question to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will answer your question in our Question and Answer section.
A: We do require all applicants to use the budget format provided along with the RFP. However, you are welcome to add additional lines within any section to give you adequate space. (Likewise, you may delete lines from unused sections if you wish.) You are responsible for making sure that your altered spreadsheet correctly calculates subtotals and totals.
Here are definitions that Blue Cross' purchasing department uses.
Small Business A business, including its affiliates, that is independently owned and operated for profit, is not dominant in its field of operation, and is not an affiliate or subsidiary of a business dominant in its field of operation. A small business concern must be qualified as a small business under the criteria and sizes standards in [federal regulation] 13 CFR Part 121.
Small Disadvantaged Business A small business concern that is at least fifty-one percent (51%) owned by one or more individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged.
Women Business Enterprise A women-owned business that is a continuing, independent, for profit business which performs a commercially useful function, and is at least fifty-one percent (51%) owned and controlled by one or more women; or in the case of any publicly owned business, at least fifty-one percent (51%) of the stock of which is owned and controlled by one or more women and whose management and daily business operations are under the control of one or more women.
A: Yes. All organizations selected to receive funding will be subject to a financial review before we enter into a contract with them to determine whether or not they have the capacity to administer funding.
A: Applicants are required to be formalized legal entities (for example, a corporation, partnership, limited liability partnership, unit of government, trust.) The only type of applicant not considered a legal entity would be an informal association of people or groups who have come together but do not have any legal relationship to each other with respect to liability issues.
A: We apologize for the delay in answering this question. We are still working out the specifics of funds distribution with other internal Blue Cross departments. We will post an answer to this question as soon as we have one.
A: No, it would not. They are not the same. You can obtain a copy of your organization's Articles of Organization through the Minnesota Secretary of State's office. Contact information: 651.296.2803 or www.sos.state.mn.us
A: No. We are using the Intent to Apply cards (or forms you can download from our web site) simply to anticipate the number of applications we might receive, so we can plan to have sufficient reviewers available. If you submit an Intent to Apply card and then decide not to apply, please just let us know by sending a note to Prevention_Funding@bluecrossmn.com or by leaving a message at 1-800-760-0052.
A: We have not established an upper limit for how many applications one organization can submit for each RFP. However, because we are striving for geographic representation and a diversity of applicant organizations, we are not likely to select more than two proposals from any one applicant organization.