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Nonprofit organizations in the Central New York region are invited to apply for grants Nonprofit organizations in Upstate New York can apply for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Award grants of up to $5,000, which the company is offering to help fund health and wellness programs in the region. The application period closes Friday, March 5. All nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations in Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s Central New York region are invited to apply for an award. The award can be used for programs that have clear goals to improve the health or health care of a specific population. Any program that aims to improve the health status of the community, closes the gap in health disparities, reduces the incidence of specific diseases, promotes health education and assists our communities in dealing with COVID will be considered. For additional information and the online application, go to https://news.excellusbcbs.com/news-room/community-investments-partnerships. Award winners will be announced later this spring. “The company’s Community Health Awards demonstrate a corporate commitment to support local organizations that share our mission as a nonprofit health plan,” said Mark Muthumbi, regional president, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. “These awards complement our existing grants and sponsorships with agencies that work to improve community health in upstate