April 25, 2021 Announcements:
The next phase of MA COVID-19 Community Grants has two requests for proposals, currently only one RFP is still receiving proposals and is listed below:
Background on Funding Opportunity (posted April 6, 2021)
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, People of Color (BIPOC) (https://www.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.
This Request for Proposals (RFP) will extend the Massachusetts COVID-19 Community Grants Program to more communities and populations of focus, in support of the Commonwealth’s efforts to vaccinate its residents, while continuing to promote practices to prevent the spread. The goal of this 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, as well as to support education and awareness of vaccination efforts in Massachusetts. The grants will be 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.
Additional information on the MA COVID-19 Community Grants Program
The MA COVID-19 Community Grants Program is administered by Health Resources in Action (HRiA), in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. HRiA is a non-profit public health organization with a mission to help people live healthier lives and create healthy communities through prevention, health promotion, policy, and research. The MA COVID-19 Community Grants Program was designed to help organizations raise awareness in their communities about best practices that people can take to stop the spread, including messaging on vaccine safety and efficacy, ensuring physical distancing, mask wearing, and other harm-reduction practices.
Grantee organizations demonstrate deep engagement with the communities, community need, and readiness to quickly implement their proposed project. As part of an initial round of funding, current grantees 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, Location||Impacted Cities/Towns||Funding Amount|
|African Community Education Program, Worcester||Worcester||$80,150.00|
|Association of Islamic Charitable Projects, Revere||Revere||$68,750.00|
|Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell, Lowell||Lowell||$108,750.00|
|Chelsea Collaborative/La Colaborativa, Chelsea||Chelsea||$108,750.00|
|Chica Project, Boston||Boston, Lawrence, Lynn||$87,619.34|
|Everett Haitian Community Center, Everett||Everett, Boston, Chelsea, Lynn, Malden, Revere||$98,750.00|
|Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Lawrence||Lawrence, Methuen||$100,825.00|
|LEO, Inc., Lynn||Lynn||$39,950.00|
|Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers, Cambridge||Cambridge, Boston, Everett, Framingham, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, Revere||$86,542.16|
|New American Association of Massachusetts, Lynn||Lynn, Lowell, Malden, Methuen, Revere, Salem||$71,248.00|
|New North Citizens Council, Springfield||Springfield||$108,750.00|
|One Holyoke CDC, Holyoke||Holyoke||$88,750.00|
|Pinnacle Partnerships Corp, Brockton||Brockton||$108,750.00|
|Somali Parents Advocacy Center for Education (SPACE), Everett||Everett, Boston||$73,750.00|
|The Boston Project Ministries, Boston||Dorchester, Mattapan||$59,750.00|
|The Center for Hope and Healing, Lowell||Lowell||$73,750.00|
|Who’s Got Morale, Boston||Roxbury, Mattapan, Dorchester||$101,250.00|
|Worcester Interfaith, Worcester||Worcester||$103,750.00|
Background and purpose:
Communities of color in Massachusetts are among the hardest hit by COVID-19 in terms of infection, illness, and death. The goal of 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 the hardest-hit cities in the Commonwealth. COVID-19 Community Grants engages community- and faith-based organizations in the development and delivery of effective messages and to further support hard-hit communities with education, training, and funding to effectively meet their communities’ specific needs.
Grant activities will build upon existing local and state efforts, including the Commonwealth’s public messaging campaign, Mass.gov/StopCOVID19. The goal of the public messaging campaign is to ensure residents know they live in a higher-risk community and to help them understand the importance of wearing a mask and using other best practices to stop the spread. Built around a message of, “You have the power to save a life,” the comprehensive campaign encourages the use of masks and social distancing and runs in English, Portuguese, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Vietnamese, Arabic, and other languages common to these communities.
Grants are federally funded with resources provided by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to Health Resources in Action to manage a community intervention project to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Other COVID-19 Resources:
Please visit the following links for available funding resources for essential needs in response to COVID-19:
- Philanthropy Massachusetts: https://www.philanthropyma.org/grantmakers-philanthropic-advisors/resources/disaster-and-emergency-relief-resources
- Massachusetts Nonprofit Network: http://massnonprofitnet.org/nonprofit-resources/coronavirus-massachusetts-nonprofits/
Commonwealth of Massachusetts resources:
- Resources for communities at high risk: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/resources-for-high-risk-covid-19-communities#protect-yourself,-your-family,-and-your-community-
- State guidance for municipalities, including educational materials and customized communication materials for communities at high risk: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/state-guidance-for-municipalities
- Testing and resources for residents and municipalities for communities at high risk: Mass.gov/StopCOVID19
- Testing program in communities with higher COVID-19 positive test rates: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/stop-the-spread
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