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 $15,582,795 since December 2020 to use approaches that work best for the populations and communities they serve.
Health Resources in Action (HRiA) and 94 community organizations received funding under this component of the Vaccine Equity Initiative through December 2021 or December 2022. 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.
- 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.
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 - June 29 2022
June 2022 -Dec. 2022
Dec. 2020 -Dec. 2022
|Chica Project||Boston, Framingham, Lawrence, Lynn||$54,500||$192,119|
|People Affecting Community Change (PACC Global)||Avon, Boston, Bridgewater, Brockton, Easton, Plymouth, Rockland, Stoughton, Taunton||$94,500||$144,500|
|The Everett Haitian Community Center||Chelsea, Everett, Fitchburg, Framingham, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, Revere, Worcester, Statewide||$94,500||$243,250|
|Next Leadership Development Cooperation||Boston – Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roxbury||$94,500||$144,500|
|Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers||Cambridge, Boston, Everett, Framingham, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, Revere||$94,500||$86,542|
|Nigerian American Multi-Service Association (NAMSA)||Boston, Brockton, Framingham, Lynn, Peabody, Randolph, Salem, Stoughton, Statewide||$94,500||$133,716|
|Somali Parents Advocacy Center for Education (SPACE)||Boston - Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Everett, Lowell, Lynn, Malden||$94,500||$218,250|
|The Boston Project Ministries||Boston – East Boston, Roxbury||$52, 835||$162,585|
|Who’s Got Morale Program||Boston||$67,000||$217,550|
|MissionSafe A New Beginning||Roxbury||$78,750|
|YMCA of Greater Boston||Boston, Needham, Reading Woburn||$50,000||$100,000|
|Asian Women for Health||Boston, Dorchester, Brookline, Cambridge, Malden, Quincy, Worcester||$94,500||$234,700|
|International Institute of New England, Inc.||Boston, Chelsea, Everett, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Revere||$141,667|
|Multicultural AIDS Coalition||Boston – Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roxbury||$66,667|
|The Black Literacy and Arts Collaborative Project, Inc.||Boston – Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roxbury, South End||$94,500||$144,500|
|The Joint Committee for Children’s Health Care, Everett||Boston, Chelsea, Everett, Framingham, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Revere, Somerville, Stoneham, Worcester, Statewide||$90,000||$231,630|
|Black Boston COVID-19 Coalition||Boston, Everett, Mattapan||$94,500||$236,167|
|Latinos Unidos en Massachusetts||Boston – East Boston; Everett, Malden, Revere||$79,000||$195,667|
|Asian American Civic Association||Boston, Dorchester, Malden, Quincy||$94,500||$231,329|
|Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health (MassCOSH)||Boston – East Boston and Dorchester||$69,881||$113,367|
|Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston||Boston – Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roxbury||$86,829|
|South Asian Workers’ Center||Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Newton, Revere||$61,700||$87,719|
|Building Audacity||Boston, Everett, Cambridge, Charlestown, Lowell, Lynn, Revere||$85,900||$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||$112,700|
|Love Your Menses||Boston, Holyoke, Springfield, Worcester||$67,000||$106,237|
|JAHAN Women and Youth International||Boston, Brockton, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Framingham, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Medford, Revere, Somerville, Springfield, Worcester||$94,500||$231,329|
|Extreme Kids Inc.||Boston – Dorchester, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Framingham, Hadley, Holyoke, Indian Orchard, Northampton, Randolph, South Hadley, Springfield, Worcester, Statewide||$75,000||$125,000|
|Justice for Housing||Boston – Chinatown, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roxbury, Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Framingham, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Randolph, Revere||$61,829|
|Haitian Health Institute||Boston, Brockton, Malden, Randolph||$94,500||$143,953|
|Sociedad Latina||Boston – Dorchester, East Boston, Mission Hill, Roxbury||$61,829|
|Centro de Apoyo Familiar (CAF)||Boston, Andover, Fall River, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Methuen, North Andover, Peabody||$112,000||$162,000|
|Pinnacle Partnership Corp||Brockton||$94,500||$278,250|
|Synergy Partnership / Sarepta Women and Children Empowerment Center||Brockton, Randolph, Raynham||$79,000||$179,000|
|Brockton Area Multi-Service, Inc.||Brockton||$50,000||$185,859|
|New Life Community Empowerment Center||Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford, Randolph, Taunton, Wareham||$94,500||$278,250|
|Massachusetts Council of Churches||Attleboro, Brockton, Cambridge, Fall River, Haverhill, Natick, New Bedford, Northampton, Pittsfield, Stoneham, Statewide||$94,500||$219,037|
|Haitian Community Partners||Brockton, Randolph||$67,000||$117,000|
|Brockton Workers Alliance||Brockton||$32,474|
|Chelsea Collaborative / La Colaborativa||Chelsea, East Boston, Revere||$94,500||$253,250|
|GreenRoots||Chelsea, East Boston||$94,500||$253,091|
|North Shore Latino Business Association||Chelsea, Lynn, Revere||$50,000|
|Chelsea Black Community||Cambridge, Chelsea, Medford, Somerville||$94,500||$231,329|
|Chinese Culture Connection, Inc.||Everett, Malden, Melrose, Revere, Saugus, Wakefield||$52,400||$77,578|
|Catholic Social Services of Fall River||New Bedford||$106,864|
|Immigrants Assistance Center||Fall River, New Bedford||$69,300||$181,129|
|Spanish American Center||Ayer, Clinton, Gardner, Leominster||$72,800||$184,629|
|Jewish Family Service of Metrowest||Framingham, Marlborough, Milford||$52,400||$179,916|
|Leaving the Streets Ministries, Inc.||Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Methuen, Merrimack Valley||$94,500||$144,500|
|The Latino Health Insurance Program, Inc.||Framingham, Marlborough, Worcester||$94,500||$236,167|
|Greater Framingham Community Church||Framingham||$50,000||$70,000|
|OneHolyoke Community Development Corporation||Greenfield, Holyoke, Northampton, Turner Falls||$94,500||$258,250|
|Greater Lawrence Community Action Council||Lawrence, Methuen||$100,825|
|The Psychological Center||Lawrence, Methuen||$50,000|
|Asociación Ministerial Evangelica Del Area de Lawrence||Andover, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, North Andover, Methuen, Merrimac||$112,000||$222,000|
|Dwelling House of Hope, Inc.||Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Lawrence, Lowell, Methuen, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro||$94,500||$144,500|
|Lawrence Community Works||Lawrence||$61,829|
|The Center for Hope and Healing||Acton, Billerica, Boxborough, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Groton, Littleton, Lowell, Pepperell, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro, Westford, Wilmington||$60,200||$127,703|
|Cambodian Mutual Assistance of Greater Lowell||Billerica, Chelmsford, Lowell, Methuen, Tewksbury||$55,600||$239,350|
|Greater Lowell Health Alliance||Chelmsford, Dracut, Lowell, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro, Westford||$94,500||$159,630|
|African Community Center of Lowell||Lowell||$49,040|
|Coalition for a Better Acre||Dracut, Lowell||$79,000||$127,850|
|New American Association of Massachusetts||Lynn, Lowell, Malden, Peabody, Revere, Salem, Saugus||$67,000||$195,090|
|The Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless||Lynn||$61,770||$157,249|
|Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern Mass||Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, New Bedford, Wareham||$79,000||$195,667|
|YMCA Southeastern Massachusetts||New Bedford||$53,095||$86,007|
|Randolph Community Partnership||Avon, Holbrook, Randolph, Stoughton||$50,000||$98,814|
|Women Encouraging Empowerment, Inc.||Chelsea, East Boston, Everett, Lynn, Revere||$54,515||$100,015|
|Association of Islamic Charitable Projects||Revere||$118,750|
|Black Springfield COVID-19 Coalition||Springfield||$94,500||$144,495|
|Springfield Boys and Girls Club||Springfield, Greater Springfield||$38,560||$59,240|
|New North Citizens Council||Chicopee, Springfield||$56,600||$106,600|
|Pioneer Valley Workers Center||Amherst, Northampton, Springfield, Turners Falls||$94,500||$231,329|
|Pioneer Valley Project||Chicopee, Springfield, West Springfield||$94,500||$231,329|
|African Cultural Services, Inc.||Belmont, Burlington, Framingham, Lowell, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Woburn, Worcester||$94,500||$114,956|
|African Community Education Program||Worcester||$56,600||$174,250|
|UHAI for Health Inc.||Auburn, Millbury, Oxford, West Boylston, Worcester||$94,500||$142,653|
|Worcester Interfaith||Leominster, Fitchburg, Framingham, Southbridge, Worcester||$80,000||$258,750|
|Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts||Auburn, Boylston, Fitchburg, Worcester||$94,500||$231,329|
|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||$79,000||$129,000|
*Additional funding may be added.
Health Care For All (HCFA) is a subcontractor of Health Resources in Action (HRiA), to provide support to CBOs/FBOs as well as coordinate two outreach programs through December 2022.
Communities: Boston (Mattapan), Brockton, Fitchburg, Framingham, Leominster, Randolph, Springfield, Worcester and other areas.
Funding determination: A total of $415K will be distributed among 7 community- organizations selected for this effort.
HCFA Activities (in partnership with funded community organizations):
Conduct events like information booths and standouts in high traffic locations to gather information about vaccine hesitancy and access barriers, dispel myths, and facilitate access to services.
Support online town halls and community forums by advertising events and providing simultaneous translation in multiple languages
Promote vaccine clinics in the municipalities and support people to get to those clinics.
Engage community leaders and influencers for media content development
Disseminate linguistically and culturally appropriate education materials
Phone-banking and SMS texting
|Organizations||Communities Served||Grant Amount (June 2022 - Dec. 2022)|
|True Alliance Center||Mattapan, Brockton, Randolph, and other areas||$77,000|
|Brazilian American Center||Framingham||$52,000|
|The Learning Center for the Deaf||Framingham||$52,000|
|Making Opportunity Count||Fitchburg and Leominster||$52,000|
|NewVue||Fitchburg and Leominster||$52,000|
|Authentic Caribbean Foundation||Boston, Brockton, Mattapan, Worcester, Springfield, and others||$77,000|
|ACEDONE||African Communities in Greater Boston||$52,000|
*Amounts include $2k for organizations to purchase incentives.