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Cooperative Agreements to USA Private and Public Organizations and Tribes
to Advance Health Equity and Address COVID-19-Related Health Disparities

Community-Based Workforce to Build COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Conf. Date:

11/18/21

Deadline Date:

12/10/21 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Cooperative agreements to USA and territories private and public organizations and tribes to advance health equity and address Coronavirus (COVID-19)-related disparities. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended to build upon existing, national vaccine education and outreach efforts while tailoring vaccine confidence approaches to meet the unique needs of the community.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2022 Community-Based Workforce to Build COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence. The purpose of this program is to address COVID-19 related health disparities and advance health equity by mobilizing community outreach workers to 1). Strengthen vaccine confidence; 2). Provide further information and education with respect to vaccines; and 3). Improve rates of vaccination throughout the United States, including its territories and possessions. 

The purpose of the program is to strengthen vaccine confidence, provide further information and education on the vaccines and improve rates of vaccination across the country. This program will mobilize community outreach workers, which includes community health workers, patient navigators and social support specialists to the most vulnerable and medically underserved communities, including racial and ethnic minority groups. Community outreach workers will educate, and assist individuals in receiving the COVID-19 vaccination. This includes activities such as reaching out directly to community members to educate them about the vaccine, assisting individuals in making a vaccine appointment, providing resources (e.g. convenient vaccine locations, information for individuals impacted by COVID-19 and its long-term health effects), and assisting individuals with transportation or other needs to get to their vaccine appointments. Specifically, the program will aim to build vaccine confidence in order to get people vaccinated in a quick and efficient manner. HRSA will fund applicants that have demonstrated experience and expertise in implementing public health programs across broad geographic areas.

High Priority States include:

  • Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming

Applicants may propose to serve additional states, territories and possessions beyond these if the data demonstrates need; specifically those areas with low vaccination rates and/or high vaccine hesitancy rates. 

Eligible activities can be found on page 12 of the NOFO. See Attached Files, below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 196427

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$66,500,000

Number of Grants:

7

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $10,000,000 per awardee

Term of Contract:

9-months January 27, 2022 – October 26, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include nonprofit private or public organizations with demonstrated experience in implementing public health programs. This includes Tribes and Tribal organizations as well.

Applicants should have demonstrated experience and expertise in implementing public health programs, including the experience, infrastructure, cultural competencies, and capacity to implement this program in the proposed service areas and target populations.

Applicants cannot use funds under this notice for the following purposes:
- To acquire real property
- For construction
- To pay for any equipment costs not directly related to the purposes of this award

Award recipients will need to engage with multiple organizations, and should have existing relationships or the capacity to quickly form new relationships with regional and/or local community organizations. This may include entities such as:
- Community-based organizations (including faith-based organizations, social service organizations)
- Regional, state and local chapters of national associations
- Regional commissions
- Regional and local health departments
- Health centers and other community-based health providers
- Minority-serving institutions such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic serving institutions, and Asian American and Pacific Islander serving institutions
- Local employers or unions
- Tribes and Tribal Organizations
- Philanthropic Organizations
- Local municipal entities, such as fire and EMS departments
- Social service providers (e.g. food banks, community transportation, childcare)
- Community Action Coalitions, Chambers of Commerce, Health Equity Councils, and other community groups

Multiple applications from an organization are not allowable.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Date(s) to Apply: 11/10/2021 to 12/10/2021
- Estimated Award Date: 01/27/2022

The due date for applications under this NOFO is December 10, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET. HRSA suggests submitting applications to Grants.gov at least 3 calendar days before the deadline to allow for any unforeseen circumstances.

Cost sharing/matching is not required for this program.

Ensure your SAM.gov and Grants.gov registrations and passwords are current immediately. HRSA will not approve deadline extensions for lack of registration. Registration in all systems may take up to 1 month to complete.

If you are chosen as a recipient, HRSA will not make an award until you have complied with all applicable SAM requirements and if you have not fully complied with the requirements by the time HRSA is ready to make an award, you may be deemed not qualified to receive an award, and HRSA may use that determination as the basis for making an award to another applicant

A technical assistance webinar was held for applicants on November 18, 2021. The webinar was recorded and a link to the recording will be posted on Grants.gov.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=336494
For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

You may request additional information and/or technical assistance regarding business, administrative, or fiscal issues related to this NOFO by contacting:

Devon Cumberbatch
Grants Management Specialist
Division of Grants Management Operations, OFAM
Health Resources and Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane, Mailstop 10SWH03
Rockville, MD 20857
Telephone: (301) 443-7532
Email: CBOVaccineOutreach@hrsa.gov

You may request clarifications of the programmatic content of this NOFO by contacting:
Latorie S. Jones, PharmD
LCDR, US Public Health Service
Public Health Analyst
Health Systems Bureau
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
Telephone: (202) 923-0993
Email: CBOVaccineOutreach@hrsa.gov

You may need assistance when working online to submit your application forms electronically. Always obtain a case number when calling for support. For assistance with submitting the application in Grants.gov, contact Grants.gov 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, excluding federal holidays at:

Grants.gov Contact Center
Telephone: 1-800-518-4726 (International Callers, please dial 606-545-5035)
Email: support@grants.gov
Self-Service Knowledge Base: https://grantsportal.psc.gov/Welcome.aspx?pt=Grants

CFDA Number:

93.011

Funding or Pin Number:

HRSA-22-120

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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