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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 $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.

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 - June 29 2022


Organization Municipalities

Current Funding

June 2022 -Dec. 2022

Total Funding

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
Autism Sprinter Randolph $67,000 $178,829
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
DEAF, Inc. Statewide $94,500 $144,500
African Community Center of Lowell Lowell   $49,040
Coalition for a Better Acre Dracut, Lowell $79,000 $127,850
Leo Inc. Lynn   $39,950
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
YWCA Malden Malden   $42,647
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
MOCHA Holyoke, Springfield $94,500 $144,495
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
TOTAL FUNDING   $5,367,656 $13,176,248

*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 


HCFA-funded Organizations:

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
Total funding   $415,000


*Amounts include $2k for organizations to purchase incentives.