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COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Initiative: Tailored community- and faith-based outreach and education

Community- and faith-based organizations are implementing tailored supports to raise awareness of strategies to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and increase vaccination confidence and access for priority populations. 

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Through the COVID-19 Community Grant Program, the Commonwealth is working with non-profit, community- and faith-based organizations to implement community interventions to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and increase vaccine acceptance. The funded organizations have been awarded a total of $18,307,413 since December 2020 to use approaches that work best for the populations and communities they serve.

Health Resources in Action (HRiA) and Health Care for All (HCFA) work with 94 community organizations that received funding under this component of the Vaccine Equity Initiative through June 2023. Some of these organizations work across multiple communities, and some may be funded under more than one component of the Vaccine Equity Initiative. See below for details about the organizations.

Specific efforts

  • Develop and deliver effective, culturally- and linguistically-appropriate messaging, including messages about vaccines, physical distancing, mask wearing, and testing.
  • Various activities to reach communities, including community forums, outreach at supermarkets, distributing fliers/posters to local businesses, appearances on local and/or cable access TV, radio spots, videos, social media, and locally generated publicity. 
  • Engage local communities in conversations and education about COVID-19 vaccine safety and efficacy, and address questions and concerns. Collaborate and coordinate on these activities with various partners.
  • Link people directly to vaccination opportunities and/or reduce barriers to access.

Funded organizations

The table below lists current and total awards made to funded organizations. View a more detailed list of all funding awards made since December 2020: Vaccine Equity Initiative - Funded CBOs and FBOs - Updated March 2023

These organizations receive funding and technical assistance (TA) from either Health Resources in Action (HRiA) or Health Care for All (HCFA). 

Organization Municipalities Community Grants and TA Provider

Current Funding

Jan 2023 -June 2023

Total Funding

Dec. 2020 -June 2023

Chica Project* Boston, Framingham, Lawrence, Chelsea HCFA $60,000 $252,119
People Affecting Community Change (PACC Global) Avon, Boston, Bridgewater, Brockton, Easton, Plymouth, Rockland, Stoughton, Taunton HRiA   $144,500
The Everett Haitian Community Center Chelsea, Everett, Fitchburg, Framingham, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, Revere, Worcester, Statewide HRiA $60,000 $303,250
Next Leadership Development Cooperation Boston – Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roxbury HRiA   $144,500
Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers Cambridge, Boston, Everett, Framingham, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, Revere HRiA   $86,542
Nigerian American Multi-Service Association (NAMSA)  Boston, Brockton, Framingham, Lynn, Peabody, Randolph, Salem, Stoughton, Statewide HRiA   $133,716
Somali Parents Advocacy Center for Education (SPACE) Boston - Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Everett, Lowell, Lynn, Malden HRiA $48,024 $266,274
The Boston Project Ministries Boston – East Boston, Roxbury HRiA   $162,585
Who’s Got Morale Program Boston HRiA $60,000 $277,550
MissionSafe A New Beginning Roxbury HRiA   $78,750
YMCA of Greater Boston Boston, Needham, Reading Woburn HRiA   $100,000
Asian Women for Health*  Boston, Chelsea, Everett, Framingham, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, New Bedford, Randolph, Revere, Springfield, Worcester HCFA $60,000 $294,700
International Institute of New England, Inc.  Boston, Chelsea, Everett, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Revere HRiA   $141,667
Multicultural AIDS Coalition  Boston – Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roxbury HRiA   $66,667
The Black Literacy and Arts Collaborative Project, Inc. Boston – Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roxbury, South End HRiA $60,000 $204,500
The Joint Committee for Children’s Health Care, Everett Boston, Chelsea, Everett, Framingham, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Revere, Somerville, Stoneham, Worcester, Statewide HRiA $60,000 $291,630
Black Boston COVID-19 Coalition Boston, Everett, Mattapan HRiA   $236,167
Latinos Unidos en Massachusetts Boston – East Boston; Everett, Malden, Revere HRiA   $195,667
Asian American Civic Association Boston, Dorchester, Malden, Quincy HRiA $60,000 $291,329
Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health (MassCOSH) Boston – East Boston and Dorchester HRiA   $113,367
Autism Sprinter Randolph HRiA   $178,829
Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston Boston – Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roxbury HRiA   $86,829
South Asian Workers’ Center Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Newton, Revere HRiA $60,000 $147,719
Building Audacity Boston, Everett, Cambridge, Charlestown, Lowell, Lynn, Revere HRiA   $222,729
Disability Policy Consortium & Boston Center for Independent Living Boston – Chinatown, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Mission Park, Roxbury, Ashland, Bellingham, Beverly, Chelsea, Danvers, Dover, Essex, Everett, Foxboro, Framingham, Franklin, Gloucester, Hamilton, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Ipswich, Lynnfield, Malden, Manchester by the Sea, Marblehead, Marlboro, Maynard, Medfield, Medway, Melrose, Middleton, Millis, Nahant, Natick, Norfolk, North Reading, Peabody, Plainville, Randolph, Rockport, Rowley, Salem, Saugus, Sherborn, Southborough, Stoneham, Stow, Sudbury, Swampscott, Topsfield, Wakefield, Wayland, Wellesley, Wenham, Weston, North Shore & Western Massachusetts HRiA   $112,700
Love Your Menses Boston, Holyoke, Springfield, Worcester HRiA $60,000 $166,237
JAHAN Women and Youth International Boston, Brockton, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Framingham, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Medford, Revere, Somerville, Springfield, Worcester HRiA $60,000 $291,329
Extreme Kids Inc. Boston – Dorchester, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Framingham, Hadley, Holyoke, Indian Orchard, Northampton, Randolph, South Hadley, Springfield, Worcester, Statewide HRiA $60,000 $185,000
Justice for Housing Boston – Chinatown, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roxbury, Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Framingham, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Randolph, Revere HRiA   $61,829
Haitian Health Institute Boston, Brockton, Malden, Randolph HRiA   $143,953
Sociedad Latina Boston – Dorchester, East Boston, Mission Hill, Roxbury HRiA   $61,829
Centro de Apoyo Familiar (CAF) Boston, Andover, Fall River, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Methuen, North Andover, Peabody HRiA $60,000 $222,000
Pinnacle Partnership Corp Brockton HRiA $60,000 $338,250
Synergy Partnership / Sarepta Women and Children Empowerment Center Brockton, Randolph, Raynham HRiA   $179,000
Brockton Area Multi-Service, Inc. Brockton HRiA   $185,859
New Life Community Empowerment Center Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford, Randolph, Taunton, Wareham HRiA $60,000 $296,167
Massachusetts Council of Churches Attleboro, Brockton, Cambridge, Fall River, Haverhill, Natick, New Bedford, Northampton, Pittsfield, Stoneham, Statewide HRiA $60,000 $279,037
Haitian Community Partners* Brockton, Randolph HCFA $60,000 $177,000
Brockton Workers Alliance Brockton HRiA   $32,474
Chelsea Collaborative / La Colaborativa Chelsea, East Boston, Revere HRiA $60,000 $313,250
GreenRoots Chelsea, East Boston HRiA $60,000 $313,091
North Shore Latino Business Association Chelsea, Lynn, Revere HRiA   $50,000
Chelsea Black Community Cambridge, Chelsea, Medford, Somerville HRiA $60,000 $291,329
Chinese Culture Connection, Inc. Everett, Malden, Melrose, Revere, Saugus, Wakefield HRiA $60,000 $137,578
Catholic Social Services of Fall River New Bedford HRiA   $106,864
Immigrants Assistance Center Fall River, New Bedford HRiA   $181,129
Spanish American Center Ayer, Clinton, Gardner, Leominster HRiA   $184,629
Jewish Family Service of Metrowest Framingham, Marlborough, Milford HRiA   $179,916
Leaving the Streets Ministries, Inc. Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Methuen, Merrimack Valley HRiA   $144,500
The Latino Health Insurance Program, Inc. Framingham, Marlborough, Worcester HRiA $60,000 $296,167
Greater Framingham Community Church Framingham HRiA   $70,000
OneHolyoke Community Development Corporation Greenfield, Holyoke, Northampton, Turner Falls HRiA $60,000 $318,250
Greater Lawrence Community Action Council Lawrence, Methuen HRiA   $100,825
The Psychological Center Lawrence, Methuen HRiA   $50,000
Asociación Ministerial Evangelica Del Area de Lawrence Andover, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, North Andover, Methuen, Merrimac HRiA   $222,000
Dwelling House of Hope, Inc. Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Lawrence, Lowell, Methuen, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro HRiA $60,000 $204,500
Lawrence Community Works Lawrence HRiA   $61,829
The Center for Hope and Healing Acton, Billerica, Boxborough, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Groton, Littleton, Lowell, Pepperell, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro, Westford, Wilmington HRiA $50,329 $178,032
Cambodian Mutual Assistance of Greater Lowell Billerica, Chelmsford, Lowell, Methuen, Tewksbury HRiA   $239,350
Greater Lowell Health Alliance Chelmsford, Dracut, Lowell, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro, Westford HRiA $60,000 $219,630
DEAF, Inc. Statewide HRiA $60,000 $204,500
African Community Center of Lowell Lowell HRiA   $49,040
Coalition for a Better Acre Dracut, Lowell HRiA $60,000 $187,850
Leo Inc. Lynn HRiA   $39,950
New American Association of Massachusetts Lynn, Lowell, Malden, Peabody, Revere, Salem, Saugus HRiA $46,266 $241,356
The Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless Lynn HRiA   $157,249
YWCA Malden Malden HRiA   $42,647
Fishing Partnership, New Bedford Chatham, Fall River, Gloucester, Lynn, New Bedford, Massachusetts Port Towns   HRiA $60,000 $185,000
Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern Mass Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, New Bedford, Wareham HRiA $60,000 $255,667
YMCA Southeastern Massachusetts New Bedford HRiA $60,095 $146,007
Randolph Community Partnership Avon, Holbrook, Randolph, Stoughton HRiA   $98,814
Women Encouraging Empowerment, Inc. Chelsea, East Boston, Everett, Lynn, Revere HRiA $60,000 $160,015
Association of Islamic Charitable Projects Revere HRiA   $118,750
MOCHA Holyoke, Springfield HRiA $60,000 $204,495
Black Springfield COVID-19 Coalition Springfield HRiA $60,000 $265,729
Springfield Boys and Girls Club Springfield, Greater Springfield HRiA   $59,240
New North Citizens Council Chicopee, Springfield HRiA $56,600 $106,600
Pioneer Valley Workers Center Amherst, Northampton, Springfield, Turners Falls HRiA   $231,329
Pioneer Valley Project Chicopee, Springfield, West Springfield HRiA $60,000 $291,329
African Cultural Services, Inc. Belmont, Burlington, Framingham, Lowell, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Woburn, Worcester HRiA   $114,956
African Community Education Program Worcester HRiA   $174,250
UHAI for Health Inc. Auburn, Millbury, Oxford, West Boylston, Worcester HRiA $60,000 $202,653
Worcester Interfaith Leominster, Fitchburg, Framingham, Southbridge, Worcester HRiA   $258,750
Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts Auburn, Boylston, Fitchburg, Worcester HRiA $60,000 $291,329
BRIDGE (Berkshire Resources for the Integration of Diverse Groups through Education) Berkshire County Cities and Towns: Adams, North Adams, Pittsfield, Lee, Lenox, Lanesborough, Chesire, Great Barrington, Sheffield, Stockbridge, Williamstown, Housatonic, Egremont, and Monterey HRiA $60,000 $189,000
True Alliance Center Boston, Chelsea, Everett, Framingham, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, New Bedford, Randolph, Revere, Springfield, Worcester  HCFA $60,000 $137,000
Brazilian American Center Framingham, Ashland, Natick, Marlborough, Hudson, Clinton, Leominster, Fitchburg, Milford, Worcester, Boston, Everett, Lowell  HCFA $60,000 $112,000
The Learning Center for the Deaf Framingham, Statewide content reach  HCFA $60,000 $112,000
Making Opportunity Count  Fitchburg, Leominster, Gardner HCFA $60,000 $112,000
NewVue Fitchburg, Leominster HCFA $60,000 $112,000
Authentic Caribbean Foundation Boston, Brockton HCFA $60,000 $137,000
ACEDONE Boston, Cambridge HCFA $60,000 $112,000
TOTAL FUNDING     $2,724,618 $16,314,866


* Organizations that were previously funded by Health Resources in Action (HRiA) through December 2022. 



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