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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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Description

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 $8,041,754 since Dec. 2020 to use approaches that work best for the populations and communities they serve.

Health Resources in Action (HRiA) and 60 community organizations receive funding under this component of the Vaccine Equity Initiative through Dec. 2021 or June 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.

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. 
Amount

$1.3 million, Dec. 2020 – April 2021
$4 million, April 2021 – Dec. 2021
$650,000, Sept. 2021 – Dec. 2021
$2.1 million, Jan. 2022 – June 2022

  • Expanded CBO/FBO funding originally for COVID-19 mitigation to include vaccine outreach and education serving the 20 priority municipalities; awards announced in April 2021.
  • New application process for CBOs/FBOs serving the priority populations in the 20 communities released April 12, 2021; awards announced in May 2021.
  • A total of 27 CBOs/FBOs received funding to engage priority populations in a geographic expansion beyond the 20 priority municipalities for activities from Sept. – Dec. 2021. Each organization received funding of up to $25,000 through this expansion, for a total of $650,000.
  • At least 45 organizations received grants of up to $50,000 to continue these efforts from January – June 2022. 
Led by Health Resources in Action (HRiA)
Relevant dates
  • Expanded CBO/FBO funding originally for COVID mitigation to include vaccine outreach and education serving the 20 priority municipalities; 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
  • A total of 27 CBOs/FBOs received funding to engage priority populations in a geographic expansion beyond the 20 priority municipalities for activities from September through December 2021. Each organization received funding of up to $25,000 through this expansion, for a total of $650,000
  • 48 organizations received grants of up to $50,000 to continue these efforts January – June 2022, for a total of $1,955,754.00 awards announced December 2021

Funded organizations

Organization Municipalities

Initial + Expanded Award
Dec. 2020 - Dec. 2021

New Grantees 

May - Dec. 2021

  New Grantees June - Dec. 2021   
Chica Project Boston, Lawrence, Lynn $87,619        
Everett Haitian Community Center Everett, Boston, Chelsea, Lynn, Malden, Revere $98,750        
Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers Cambridge, Boston, Everett, Framingham, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, Revere $86,542        
Somali Parents Advocacy Center for Education (SPACE) Everett, Boston $73,750        
The Boston Project Ministries Boston - Dorchester, Mattapan $59,750        
Who’s Got Morale Program Boston - Roxbury, Mattapan, Dorchester  $101,250        
MissionSafe A New Beginning Roxbury $78,750        
Asian Women for Health  Boston- Chinatown, Dorchester, Mission Hill; Malden, Lowell, Worcester    $65,200       
International Institute of New England, Inc.  Boston – Chinatown, Dorchester, Mattapan, Roxbury; Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Revere    $66,667       
Multicultural AIDS Coalition  Boston – Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roxbury    $66,667       
The Joint Committee for Children’s Health Care, Everett  Boston – Chinatown, Dorchester, East Boston, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roxbury; Chelsea, Everett, Framingham, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Revere, Worcester    $66,667      
Black Boston COVID-19 Coalition  Boston – Chinatown, Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roxbury    $66,667      
Latinos Unidos en Massachusetts  Boston – East Boston; Everett, Malden, Revere    $66,667      
Asian American Civic Association Boston – Chinatown, Dorchester, Roxbury, Chelsea, Everett, Malden        $61,829   
Autism Sprinter Boston – Roxbury, Randolph        $61,829   
Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston  Boston – Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roxbury        $61,829  
Building Audacity Boston – Dorchester, East Boston, Mattapan, Lynn        $61,829   
Disability Policy Consortium & Boston Center for Independent Living  Boston – Chinatown, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Mission Park, Roxbury, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Randolph        $49,500   
JAHAN Women and Youth International  Boston – Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roxbury, Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Fall River, Framingham, Haverhill, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, Randolph, Revere, Springfield, Worcester        $61,829   
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   
Sociedad Latina Boston – Dorchester, East Boston, Mission Hill, Roxbury        $61,829   
Pinnacle Partnership Corp Brockton $108,750        
Synergy Partnership  Brockton, Randolph    $50,000       
Brockton Area Multi-Service, Inc.  Brockton, Framingham, Randolph, Worcester    $60,859       
New Life Community Empowerment Center  Brockton, New Bedford, Randolph    $66,667      
Massachusetts Council of Churches  Brockton, Fall River, Haverhill, New Bedford, Randolph, Springfield       $49,724.80   
Brockton Workers Alliance  Brockton       $32,474   
Chelsea Collaborative/La Colaborativa Chelsea $108,750        
GreenRoots Chelsea $108,591        
North Shore Latino Business Association  Chelsea, Lynn, Revere    $50,000      
Chelsea Black Community Chelsea       $61,829   
Catholic Social Services of Fall River   Fall River, New Bedford        $41,880   
Immigrants Assistance Center  Fall River, New Bedford        $61,829   
Spanish American Center  Fitchburg, Leominster        $61,829   
Jewish Family Service of Metrowest  Framingham    $63,170       
The Latino Health Insurance Program, Inc.  Framingham, Worcester    $66,667      
Greater Framingham Community Church  Framingham       $10,000   
OneHolyoke Community Development Corporation Holyoke $88,750        
Greater Lawrence Community Action Council Lawrence, Methuen $100,825        
The Psychological Center  Lawrence, Methuen   $50,000       
Asociacion Ministerial Evangelica Del Area de Lawrence  Lawrence       $35,000   
Lawrence Community Works  Lawrence       $61,829   
The Center for Hope and Healing Lowell $73,750        
Cambodian Mutual Assistance of Greater Lowell Lowell $108,750        
Greater Lowell Health Alliance  Lowell    $22,700       
African Community Center of Lowell  Lowell       $49,040   
Leo Inc. Lynn $39,950        
New American Association of Massachusetts Lynn, Lowell, Malden, Methuen, Revere, Salem $71,248        
The Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless  Lynn    $49,622       
YWCA Malden  Malden   $42,647       
Community Economic Development Center  New Bedford    $66,667       
YMCA Southeastern Massachusetts  New Bedford        $15,000   
Randolph Community Partnership  Randolph       $22,763   
Association of Islamic Charitable Projects Revere $68,750        
Black Springfield COVID-19 Coalition  Springfield       $61,829   
New North Citizens Council Springfield $108,750        
Pioneer Valley Project Springfield       $61,829   
African Community Education Program Worcester $80,150        
Worcester Interfaith Worcester $103,750        
Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts  Worcester       $61,829   
             
TOTAL FUNDING    $1,757,175  $1,027,534    $1,170,987.80   
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