MA COVID-19 Community Grants

Background on Funding Opportunity

On March 17, 2021, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the release of federal funds as part of its Vaccine Equity Initiative to increase vaccine trust, acceptance, and administration rates among priority populations. This Initiative focuses on 20 cities and towns with the greatest COVID-19 case burden, considering social determinants of health and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) (Mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccine-equity-initiative). These cities and towns are Boston, Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Fall River, Fitchburg, Framingham, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, New Bedford, Randolph, Revere, Springfield, and Worcester. 

The goal of the MA COVID-19 Community Grants Program is to reduce COVID-19 infections, morbidity, and mortality among Asian, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other people of color in our hardest hit cities and towns, as well as to support education and awareness of vaccination efforts in Massachusetts. This program has also extended to include Tribal and Indigenous Peoples Serving Organizations (TIPSO) serving Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hawaiian Natives, Pacific Islanders, and Indigenous Peoples throughout the state who experience multiple barriers to vaccine access in support of the Commonwealth’s efforts to vaccinate its residents, while continuing to promote practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This program is administered and managed by Health Resources in Action (HRiA), a non-profit public health organization that helps people live healthier lives and create healthy communities through prevention, health promotion, policy and research.

Grantee organizations demonstrate deep engagement with the communities, community need, and readiness to quickly implement their proposed project and have been engaging in culturally and linguistically appropriate community outreach, communication, and education. Strategies have included engaging youth peer leaders, trusted community leaders, and those with shared lived experience to promote messages.  Social and other media have been used to amplify the reach of messaging and communications.  

Current awardees include (funded through December 2021):  

Organization Name, LocationImpacted Cities/Towns Funded Amount
African Community Center of Lowell, LowellLowell $   49,040.00
African Community Education Program, WorcesterWorcester $   80,150.00
Asian American Civic Association, BostonChinatown, Dorchester, Roxbury, Chelsea, Everett, Malden $   61,829.00
Asian Women for Health, BostonBoston – Chinatown, Dorchester, Mission Hill; Malden; Lowell and Worcester $   65,200.00
Asociacion Ministerial Evangelica Del Area de Lawrence, LawrenceLawrence $   35,000.00
Association of Islamic Charitable Projects, RevereRevere $   68,750.00
Autism Sprinter, RandolphRoxbury, Randolph $   61,829.00
Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston, BostonDorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roxbury $   61,829.00
Black Springfield COVID-19 Coalition, SpringfieldSpringfield $   61,829.00
Boston Black COVID-19 Coalition, BostonBoston – Chinatown, Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roxbury $   66,667.00
Brockton Area Multi-Service, Inc., (BAMSI) BrocktonBrockton, Framingham, Randolph, Worcester $   60,859.00
Brockton Workers Alliance, BrocktonBrockton $   32,474.00
Building Audacity, LynnDorchester, East Boston, Mattapan, Lynn $   61,829.00
Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell (CMAA), LowellLowell $108,750.00
Catholic Social Services of Fall River, Fall RiverFall River, New Bedford $   41,880.00
Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores, New BedfordSouth of Boston/South Coast/South Shore $   44,000.00
Chelsea Black Community, Chelsea Chelsea $   61,829.00
Chelsea Collaborative/La Colaborativa, ChelseaChelsea $108,750.00
Chica Project, BostonBoston, Lawrence, Lynn $   87,619.34
Community Economic Development Center, New BedfordNew Bedford $   66,667.00
Disability Policy Consortium & Boston Center for Independent Living, MaldenChinatown, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roxbury, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Randolph $   49,500.00
Everett Haitian Community Center, EverettEverett, Boston, Chelsea, Lynn, Malden, Revere $   98,750.00
Greater Framingham Community Church, FraminghamFramingham $   10,000.00
Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, LawrenceLawrence, Methuen $100,825.00
Greater Lowell Health Alliance, LowellLowell $   22,700.00
GreenRoots, ChelseaChelsea $108,590.50
Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe, PlymouthCape & Islands, South of Boston/South Coast/South Shore, Boston Area $   44,000.00
Immigrants Assistance Center, New BedfordFall River, New Bedford $   61,829.00
International Institute of New England, Inc., BostonBoston: Chinatown, Dot, E. Bos, HP, Mattapan, Rox; Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Revere $   66,667.00
JAHAN Women and Youth Intercultural, BostonBrockton, Chelsea, Everett, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Randolph, Springfield, Worcester, Revere, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roxbury, Framingham, Methuen, Fall River, Haverhill $   61,829.00
Jewish Family Service of Metrowest, FraminghamFramingham $   63,170.00
Justice for Housing, BostonChinatown, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roxbury, Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Framingham, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Randolph, Revere $   61,829.00
Latinos Unidos en Massachusetts, EverettBoston: East boston, Everett, Malden, Revere $   66,667.00
Lawrence Community Works, LawrenceLawrence $   61,829.00
LEO Inc, LynnLynn $   39,950.00
Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers, CambridgeCambridge, Boston, Everett, Framingham, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, Revere $   86,542.16
Massachusetts Council of Churches, BostonBrockton, Fall River, Haverhill, New Bedford, Randolph, Springfield $   49,724.80
MissionSafe, BostonRoxbury $   78,750.00
Multicultural AIDS Coalition, BostonBoston: Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roxbury $   66,667.00
New American Association of Massachusetts, LynnBoston: Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roxbury$ 71,248.00
New Life Community Empowerment Center, BrocktonBrockton, New Bedford, Randolph $   66,667.00
New North Citizens Council, SpringfieldSpringfield $108,750.00
North American Indian Center of Boston, BostonBoston Area, North of Boston, South of Boston/South Coast/South Shore, MetroWest, Central MA, Western MA, Cape & Islands $   48,000.00
North Shore Latino Business Association, LynnChelsea, Lynn, Revere $   50,000.00
Ohketeau Cultural Center, AshfieldWestern MA $   48,000.00
OneHolyoke CDC, HolyokeHolyoke $   88,750.00
Pinnacle Partnerships Corp, BrocktonBrockton $108,750.00
Pioneer Valley Project, SpringfieldSpringfield $   61,829.00
Randolph Community Partnership, RandolphRandolph $   22,763.00
Sociedad Latina, BostonDorchester, East Boston, Mission Hill, Roxbury $   61,829.00
Somali Parents Advocacy Center for Education (SPACE), EverettEverett, Boston $   73,750.00
Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts, WorcesterWorcester $   61,829.00
Spanish American Center, LeominsterFitchburg, Leominster $   61,829.00
Synergy Partnership, TauntonBrockton, Randolph $   50,000.00
The Boston Project Ministries, DorchesterDorchester, Mattapan $   59,750.00
The Center for Hope and Healing, LowellLowell $   73,750.00
The Joint Committee For Children’s Health Care, EverettBoston: Chinatown, Dot, E. Bos, HP, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Rox; Chelsea, Everett, Framingham, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Revere, Worcester $   66,667.00
The Latino Health Insurance Program, Inc., FraminghamFramingham, Worcester $   66,667.00
The Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, LynnLynn $   49,622.00
The Psychological Center, LawrenceLawrence, Methuen $   50,000.00
Who’s Got Morale, RoxburyRoxbury, Mattapan, Dorchester $101,250.00
Worcester Interfaith, WorcesterWorcester $103,750.00
YWCA MaldenMalden $   42,647.00
YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts, New BedfordNew Bedford $   15,000.00
Total $  4,099,696.80


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