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

Non-profit organizations are implementing tailored community 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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Description

Through the COVID-19 Community Grant Program, the Commonwealth is working with non-profit, community-based and faith-based organizations to implement community interventions to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and increase vaccine acceptance. The funded organizations use approaches that work best for the populations and communities they serve. Some focus on one community and others work across communities. 

Specific efforts

  • Development and delivery of effective messages to help stop the spread of COVID-19, including vaccine outreach and education 
  • 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, locally-generated publicity 
Amount $1.3 million Dec 2020-April 2021
$4 million April 2021-December 2021
Led by Health Resources in Action (HRiA)
Relevant dates
  • Expand 20 current CBOs and extend opportunity to a selection of new CBOs/FBOs with awards  announced in April 2021  

 

  • New application process for CBOs/FBOs serving the priority populations in the 20 communities released 4/12/21;  awards announced in May 2021 

Funded organizations

 Original recipients for funding December 2020-April 2021
Additional funding will be added 4/14/21 to the amounts below to extend programming through December 2021.

Organization

Communities Served

Total Amount

Organization 

Municipalities 

Initial + Expanded Award 

December 2020 - December 2021 

Chica Project 

Boston, Lawrence, Lynn 

$87,619.34 

Everett Haitian Community Center 

Everett, Boston, Chelsea, Lynn, Malden, Revere 

$98,750.00 

Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers 

Cambridge, Boston, Everett, Framingham, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, Revere 

$86,542.16 

Somali Parents Advocacy Center for Education (SPACE) 

Everett, Boston 

$73,750.00 

The Boston Project Ministries 

Dorchester, Mattapan 

$59,750.00 

Who’s Got Morale Program 

Roxbury, Mattapan, Dorchester 

$101,250.00 

MissionSafe A New Beginning 

Roxbury 

$78,750.00 

Pinnacle Partnership Corp 

Brockton 

$108,750.00 

Chelsea Collaborative/La Colaborativa 

Chelsea 

$108,750.00 

GreenRoots 

Chelsea 

$108,590.50 

OneHolyoke Community Development Corporation 

Holyoke 

$88,750.00 

Greater Lawrence Community Action Council 

Lawrence, Methuen 

$100,825.00 

The Center for Hope and Healing 

Lowell 

$73,750.00 

Cambodian Mutual Assistance of Greater Lowell 

Lowell 

$108,750.00 

Leo Inc. 

Lynn 

$39,950.00 

New American Association of Massachusetts 

Lynn, Lowell, Malden, Methuen, Revere, Salem 

$71,248.00 

Association of Islamic Charitable Projects 

Revere 

$68,750.00 

New North Citizens Council 

Springfield 

$108,750.00 

African Community Education Program 

Worcester 

$80,150.00 

Worcester Interfaith 

Worcester 

$103,750.00 

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