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COVID-19 Vaccine and Health Equity Grants Program

The Iowa Department of Public Health is seeking eligible applicants to implement strategies that ensure greater equity and access to COVID-19 vaccine by those disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and/or implement strategies and activities that ensure increased equity and access to COVID-19-related services. Through this program, two funding opportunities are available, the National Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities and Equity and Prioritizing Populations Disproportionately Affected by COVID-19. 

For both funding opportunities, eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, for profit organizations, tribal organizations, or governmental entities registered or incorporated to do business in the United States. Individuals are not eligible to apply for this funding opportunity.

If your organization is eligible and interested in applying for funding through this program, review the funding opportunities described and linked below. After reviewing each funding opportunity, complete the application process for the funding opportunity that applies to your organization's proposed project. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until further notice.

Equity and Prioritizing COVID-19 Vaccine Access for Populations Disproportionately Affected by COVID-19

Conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, play, and worship affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes, such as COVID-19 disease, severe illness, and death. As evidenced by the available data to date, populations that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 include, but are not limited to:

  • People in racial and ethnic minority groups
  • People living in communities with high social vulnerability index
  • People living in rural communities
  • People with disabilities
  • People with who are homebound or isolated
  • People who are underinsured or uninsured
  • People who are immigrants and/or refugees
  • People with transportation limitations

To address these disparities, the purpose of this is to fund strategies that ensure greater equity and access to COVID-19 vaccine by those disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The intent is to leverage existing and cultivate new community-based partnerships to extend reach to vulnerable populations. This funding should be used to support COVID-19 vaccination education, outreach, and/or administration.

Iowa Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities

Successful recipients will implement a coordinated approach to include culturally, linguistically and locally tailored strategies to ensure equitable access to COVID-19-related services. Applicants will implement strategies to address social determinants of health (SDOH) needs and work with social service providers and related organizations (traditional and non-traditional) to reduce COVID-19-related health disparities in disproportionately affected populations at higher risk. The successful applicant will carve-out dollars targeting rural communities and populations and will be expected to track rural carve-out dollars separately throughout the project period. People living in rural communities and racial and ethnic minority groups experience disproportionate rates of chronic diseases. As a result, they are at higher risk to experience increased severity of COVID-19 infection and experience barriers to accessing testing, treatment, or vaccination against the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which causes COVID-19. To advance health equity and address COVID-19-related health disparities among populations at higher risk, underserved, and disproportionately affected, awardees will apply evidence-based approaches and a coordinated holistic approach to various settings, populations, and contexts.

To address disparities and advance health equity, the purpose of this is to fund strategies and activities that ensure increased equity and access to COVID-19-related services. The intent is to leverage existing and cultivate new community-based partnerships to extend reach to vulnerable populations.