VACCINE EQUITY INITIATIVE FUNDING GUIDELINES

Grant Guidelines for the Vaccine Equity Initiative are listed below. Applications are not currently being accepted. The guidelines are available here for reference only.

Vaccine Equity Initiative

All In Washington was established to mobilize community, business, and philanthropic leaders across the state to address the profound impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable people, workers and families.  All In WA launched the Vaccine Equity Initiative to support equitable distribution of vaccines by streamlining and targeting funds to trusted, community-based organizations that can conduct linguistically and culturally-specific vaccine education and outreach to those most impacted, especially in Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color. Initiative grants will also help fund mobile pop-up and door-to-door vaccine clinics and address transportation or technology barriers.

We are also interested in supporting creative and culturally appropriate approaches to bringing together impacted communities facing serious barriers for localized vaccination efforts, including farmworkers, undocumented individuals, immigrants and refugees, and young people. Flexible grants will be distributed to organizations serving regions and communities across Washington with the highest need in order to ensure everyone has equitable access.

Grant applications will be reviewed according to the deadlines below. We anticipate approximately three weeks between the application deadline and a funding decision. Once grants are announced, it takes an additional three weeks for grant funds to be disbursed. All grants are paid in full. Please make sure the activities you propose in your application take this timeline into consideration.

DEADLINES:

  • Round 1: Application due March 24. Application Closed.
  • Round 2: Application due April 7 by 5pm. Application Closed.
  • Round 3: Application due April 21 by 5pm. Application Closed.
  • Round 4: Application due May 5 by 5pm. Application Closed.

FUNDING PRIORITIES:

Organizations focusing vaccine efforts on the following groups that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and face barriers to vaccination:

  • Farmworkers and agricultural workers, including meat processing workers
  • Immigrants and refugees
  • Black, Indigenous and People of color communities
  • Low-wage cash economy workers including massage parlor, nail salon, and sex industry workers
  • Unsheltered and homeless populations
  • Individuals recently released from or still involved in criminal justice and juvenile justice systems
  • People with disabilities
  • Counties that have rates of vaccination that are lower than the state-wide average as documented by the Department of Health dashboard .

ALLOWED USE OF FUNDS:

  • Administrative and operational costs for mobile, pop up, and door-to-door vaccination efforts, or piloting similar community-based efforts (e.g., with agricultural employers) with populations that mainstream vaccination efforts do not reach. This includes costs to build inviting, comfortable, and safe vaccination sites and to employ creative and culturally-specific strategies to engage family and community members as a collective effort.
  • Transportation costs for community members to access vaccination sites or other methods to address mobility barriers.
  • Administrative costs to provide linguistically and culturally appropriate vaccine outreach and education, including phone and text banking and enlisting groups such as promotores, clergy, or trusted community networks.
  • Translation of education and outreach materials.*
  • Conducting messenger training or technical assistance.
  • Administrative costs to help community members to register and make vaccination appointments, as well as cover lost wages for worked missed to get vaccinated.
  • Staffing costs directly associated with the any of the above activities.

*WA State Department of Public Health and its partners have provided a wide range of translated materials for use in outreach and education efforts. Please be sure to check their resources before applying for funding to create or translate education and outreach materials.

GRANT AMOUNTS:

Grant amounts: $5,000, $10,000, $25,000, and $35,000. Applicants may apply for a grant of $50,000 if the proposed activities include hosting or co-hosting mobile, pop-up, or site-based vaccination efforts.

Given the urgent need for vaccination efforts, we encourage grant funding to be expended by October 2021.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations or organizations using a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)3. If you are using a fiscal sponsor, you will need to upload a copy of the agreement between your organization and the fiscal sponsor.
  • Federally or state recognized tribes (council resolution is not required).
  • Organizations based in Washington state and primarily serving Washington.
  • Coalitions may apply but must select a single organization as the lead applicant.
  • Public schools, universities or college systems may apply only if there are strong partnerships with community-based organizations to carry out the proposed project.
  • Priority will be given to organizations that have not previously received funding from earlier rounds of All In WA’s Vaccine Equity Initiative.

NOT ELIGIBLE:

  • 501c4 organizations
  • Public sector agencies, municipalities or local government entities
  • All In WA funds are not intended to replace or supplant public sector or government funding. We will not fund applications to cover costs that are typically covered by the government’s vaccination efforts.

REVIEW CONSIDERATIONS:

We expect a large and competitive application pool. Not all proposals will be funded. To evaluate your proposal, we will consider the clarity and feasibility of the proposed project and use of funds, the degree of alignment with the stated priorities, and your organization’s capacity and relevant experience serving disproportionately impacted communities as a trusted partner. We also seek to balance the distribution of grant awards among different BIPOC communities and other vulnerable populations as well as geographic communities across the state. All grant awards are reviewed and approved by the All In Washington Advisory Group.

QUESTIONS:

Questions about the guidelines or application can be directed to grants@allinwa.org

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