Building a Healthy Mississippi

Healthy Hometown Awards Program


The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation established the Healthy Hometown Awards Program to encourage and reward exemplary community health and wellness. The Foundation exists to improve the health of Mississippians, and this award will assist our municipal leaders in their efforts to make their communities - and ultimately our state - a healthier place to live.


The Foundation may award a "Healthy Hometown" grant to one hometown, or award "Healthy Hometown" grants to multiple hometowns, each at $50,000, regardless of municipality population.

Eligibility of Winning Municipalities

Municipalities that have received an award as part of the Healthy Hometown Awards Program are ineligible to submit an award application for three years following their award year.

Application and Selection

Click the “Request the Healthy Hometown Awards Application” blue button at the top of the page receive a copy of the 2020 Healthy Hometown application. The deadline for submitting the application is March 5, 2020.

Many hometowns will not meet all the criteria or have all the policies in place that the application suggests. However, the winning municipalities will be those who have made the most strides in creating a healthy community and who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to a healthy culture. Winners will be announced at the Mississippi Municipal League Annual Conference, scheduled for June 2020 in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Award Restrictions

The grant award is to be used only to improve a municipality's health and wellness culture. The recipient municipalities and the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation will complete a standard grant award contract.


To recognize the winning municipalities, the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation will provide the following:

  1. Congratulatory newspaper ad

  2. Award certificate

  3. Promotion of the winning towns on the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation website