BlueCross to supply funding to create active, healthy spaces in Tennessee

BlueCross to supply funding to create active, healthy spaces in Tennessee

September 4th, 2018 by Staff Report in Breaking News

Rendering shows layout of David Carnes Park in Memphis, the first project funded by the BlueCross Healthy Place program. (Contributed photo from BlueCross)

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation will begin accepting proposals for BlueCross Healthy Place projects on Monday for those seeking funding to create active, healthy spaces in Tennessee.

Interested parties can submit proposals for 2019 funding through Oct. 8.

"Public spaces have the power to bring people together, strengthen community ties and improve the overall well being of Tennesseans," says Roy Vaughn, executive director of the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation. "We look forward to creating and enhancing these spaces throughout the state in the coming years."

The BlueCross Healthy Place program supports places for physical activity and allow new connections to form among neighbors. Through the program, the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation can work with both government entities and non-profit partners to develop and revitalize their public spaces. Each year, the foundation will award up to $7 million to fund BlueCross Healthy Place projects across the state.

Work is underway on the BlueCross Healthy Place at David Carnes Park in Memphis, the first project aligned with the foundation's new strategic giving focus. The foundation held a groundbreaking ceremony this summer, following extensive planning and input from residents of the Whitehaven neighborhood where the park is located.

When completed, the BlueCross Healthy Place at David Carnes Park will include a refurbished walking path, adult fitness areas, a playground and an athletic field.

To qualify for funding for 2019, projects will need to be free and open to the public, demonstrate a community benefit and include community input.

To apply for 2019 funding from the BlueCross Healthy Place program, please visit www.bluecrosshealthyplaces.com. For questions or additional information, email bluecrosshealthyplaces@bcbst.com.