MA COVID-19 Community Grants for Tribal and Indigenous Peoples serving organizations

April 12, 2021 Announcements:


Available Funding Total of $184K available; we expect grants will be in the range of $36K to $48K
Funding Period May 2021 – December 2021
Eligible Applicants Massachusetts community-based Tribal and Indigenous Peoples serving organizations serving Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hawaiian Natives, Pacific Islanders and Indigenous communities which are communities disproportionally impacted by COVID-19 (see “Who is eligible to apply”)
Eligible Activities Provide education to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19, including developing culturally-relevant messages and materials about vaccines, physical distancing, mask wearing, testing, and other harm-reduction behaviors and activities. Engage members of their communities in conversations and education about COVID-19 vaccine safety and efficacy, and address questions, concerns and barriers to accessing vaccines.  
Application Deadline Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 11:59 PM
Webpage & Application Form 

Important Information

Please watch this pre-recorded funding announcement webinar to learn more.  

An online drop-in session that applicants can join to ask questions was hosted on April 20, 2021 at 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM.  

HRiA will host a formal question and answer (Q&A) period for applicants about this funding opportunity. Please submit all questions regarding this funding opportunity to by April 20, 2021 at 3:00 PM. We will send responses to specific questions via e-mail and responses to more generalizable questions will be incorporated into a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document by April 21, 2021 on this website. Finally, we will continue to address additional questions sent to until Monday, April 26, 2021 at 12:00 PM.  

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. A major part of 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) ( 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. Recognizing that populations disproportionately impacted by COVID19, such as members of state and federally recognized Tribes and Indigenous communities, live in urban and rural communities throughout the state and experience multiple barriers to vaccine access, ensuring that these communities have access to vaccine information, vaccines, and resources to mitigate the disproportionate impact of COVID19 is also a focus.

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, and ensuring physical distancing, mask wearing, and other harm-reduction practices.  As part of an initial round of funding, current awardees 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. 

This Request for Proposals (RFP) will extend the Massachusetts COVID-19 Community Grants Program to Tribal and Indigenous Peoples Serving Organizations serving Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hawaiian Natives, Pacific Islanders, and Indigenous Peoples, in support of the Commonwealth’s efforts to vaccinate its residents, while continuing to promote practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The goal of this program is to reduce COVID-19 infections, morbidity, and mortality among Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) across the Commonwealth, 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.

Learn more about the COVID-19 Community Grants Program.

Other COVID-19 Resources:  

Please visit the following links for available funding resources for essential needs in response to COVID-19: 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts resources:  

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