Money is being made available in Health Awards for nonprofits in New York State by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

Applications are being accepted from nonprofits in the company’s 31 county region for an award of up to $4,000 each.  A total of $9,500 is set aside for the grants.

The awards can be used for programs that have clear goals to improve the health or care of a specific population, reduce incidence of a disease, promote health education and improve the health status of a community.

The deadline to submit an application is February 19.

For more information and obtain an application, go to www.excellusbcbs.com/community.

The awards are to be announced in March.

Five organizations in the Southern Tier were selected from over 50 applications in a six-county region.