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Buckeye Partnership Grant Program

(Formerly Buckeye Grant Program)

As your guide to better health, Buckeye provides services that go beyond routine healthcare. Through strategic partnerships, innovative programs, and personalized patient care, we fulfill our vision of transforming the health of the community one person at a time. Buckeye is investing time and resources to address SDOH impacts, with a 2020 focus on economic stability: workforce development and access to healthy, affordable food. We invite community organizations and providers to partner with us to improve the quality of life for all Ohioians.

Buckeye Addresses Social Determinants of Health

Buckeye addresses barriers members face every day by combating challenges related to SDOH.

Buckeye has identified five key focus areas:

  • Health and healthcare (access to healthcare, primary care, health literacy, and transportation)
  • Social and community context (incarceration, foster care, parenting skills, substance abuse, and addiction and mental health)
  • Education (early childhood education and development, literacy, key milestones, high school graduation and enrollment in higher education)
  • Economic stability (employment, skills training, food insecurity, and financial literacy)
  • Neighborhood and Built Environment (environmental conditions, access to healthy food, housing quality and affordability)

Does your agency have an innovative program or initiative related to these SDOH focus areas? We’d like to learn more about a potential partnership and ways we can apply funding to support your work. Learn more about the program and how to apply in our Proposal to Partner - Grant Guidelines (PDF). 

Funding of $5,000-$10,000 is available to Ohio providers and community organizations combating SDOH barriers. Preference will be given to statewide SDOH initiatives and programs related to economic stability. Applications must submit a proposal for partnership by completing the online submission form. Special attention should be given to metrics to support program impact.

Applications are reviewed and awarded on a quarterly basis and applicants will be notified of a decision via email. Submit your proposal for partnership by the following:

Q1: March 20, 2020

Q2: June 5, 2020

Q3: September 3, 2020

Q4: November 27, 2020

Please note that submitting an online application does not guarantee funding. Please contact BuckeyeGrants@centene.com with any additional questions.

Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio (Northeast Ohio) promotes the health and wellness of individuals with physical disabilities, providing competitive and recreational adaptive sport opportunities throughout Ohio. The Buckeye Grant will be used toward interscholastic athletic activities for those living with disabilities, including sponsorship of the organization’s Wheelchair Basketball Championship.

Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio. Dream. Excel. Inspire.

After School All-Stars Ohio (Columbus and Toledo, Ohio) provides comprehensive after-school academic support, enrichment activities and health and fitness programs that instill the confidence and resilience children need for success in school and life. The Buckeye Grant will fund Buckeye Family Wellness Events at eight schools.

After-School All-Stars

Elizabeth's New Life Center (Dayton, Ohio) is one of the nation’s largest pregnancy resource centers and assists thousands of clients annually through intervention, prevention, education, and support services. The Buckeye Grant will fund a prenatal care and a maternal health initiative.

Elizabeth's New Life Center

Simon Kenton Council of Boy Scouts of America (Central and Southern Ohio) is one of the largest councils in the nation, sponsoring more than 600 Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Venturing Crews and Exploring Posts. The Buckeye Grant will fund transportation for low-income youth to attend scouting activities.

Boy Scounts of America. Simon Kenton Council

Reach out and Read (Statewide) provides young children with a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together. The Buckeye Grant will be used to bring more parent education and new books to multiple pediatric clinics across the state to promote early childhood literacy.

Connecting Kids To Meals, Inc. (Toledo, Ohio) provides hot, nutritious meals at no cost to children in low-income and underserved areas throughout the entire year. The organization has served more than 5 million meals to the children of Lucas, Wood and Williams counties since 2002. The Buckeye Grant will fund more meals to help more children in need.

Connecting Kids to Meals. Nourishing Families. Changing Lives.

Central State University addresses the needs of socially disadvantaged and under-resourced Ohioans. The Buckeye Grant will increase participation and graduation rates of 150 adults in Central State University Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) program.

Central State University - 1887. Extenstion 1890 Land Grant Institution

Ohio Northern University (ONU) Healthwise Program provides primary care, health education, wellness and disease prevention programs for the ONU campus community and surrounding areas. The Buckeye Grant will fund a new outreach program and health screenings for local children.

Ohio Northern University

King Lincoln Family Services Corp. (Columbus, Ohio) provides support services to improve employment, health, education, housing and overall wellness for adults in Central Ohio. The Buckeye Grant will help create Pathways to Sustainable Employment Pilot to improve job skills, employment and career planning.

King Lincoln Family Services

Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics provides education and advocacy for pediatricians across Ohio. The Buckeye Grant will educate healthcare providers on lead screening and vaping prevention for children in the Athens area.

American Academy of Pediatrics. Dedicated to the health of all children. Ohio Chapter.