The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is offering $20,000 in Keeping the Communities Healthy mini grants to encourage Kentuckians to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
The grants are intended for rapid deployment for organizations to create new or expand on existing COVID-19 vaccination efforts.
The purpose of the Keeping the Communities Healthy mini grants is to provide support to eligible nonprofit and governmental organizations working to increase COVID-19 vaccination uptake in counties with low vaccination rates.
As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared, COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective:
- COVID-19 vaccines were developed using science that has been around for decades.
- COVID-19 vaccines are not experimental. They went through all the required stages of clinical trials. Extensive testing and monitoring have shown that these vaccines are safe and effective.
- COVID-19 vaccines have received and continue to undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in US history.
The Foundation will award approximately 10 grants of up to $ 2,000 each.
Some examples of how the mini-grant funds could be used include:
- Communicating about vaccine availability and education using local radio stations and media, social media platforms, signs, posters, educational videos, PSAs, etc.
- Training to trusted community members to conduct in person outreach to raise awareness about the vaccines and help individuals sign up for appointments.
- Support community health workers, Promotores, navigators, FRYSCs, Cooperative Extension agents, social workers and others who can include vaccine education and outreach as part of their work with community members.
- Identify people in the community who can perform bilingual health outreach for community members who are non-English speakers so they can get information they need to get a free vaccination.
- Schools can inform parents through their communication channels about the dates and places of COVID-19 vaccination events or on-going clinics and help parents register their child and themselves for a vaccination appointment.
- The Keeping the Communities Healthy mini grants are open to Kentucky based nonprofit and governmental organizations, such as local health departments, community-based organizations, community health centers, schools, libraries, faith centers, local civic groups and other local organizations working in Kentucky counties which have the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates, under 35 percent.
- Eligible counties include: Ballard, Carlisle, Casey, Christian, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Crittenden, Edmonson, Elliott, Fulton, Hart, Hickman, Jackson, Knox, Lewis, Martin, McCreary, Metcalf e, Owen, Robertson, Rockcastle, Spencer, Todd, Trimble, and Union.
For more information, visit https://www.healthy-ky.org/grants/opportunities