Supporting Community-Based Organizations to Increase Vaccination Coverage Among Adults of Color in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi

The application window for this opportunity has closed. There may be future rounds of funding in 2022, dependent on the availability of federal funding.

With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Urban Institute is pleased to announce a new funding and technical assistance opportunity for up to 10 community-based organizations (CBOs) to increase vaccine confidence and uptake for adults in racial and ethnic communities in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana – three of the four states with the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates. To support this goal selected awardees will (1) equip influential messengers by providing trainings and materials, (2) increase vaccination opportunities and enhance provider partnerships, and/or (3) establish partnerships with state and local health departments. Additional details on this opportunity are available in the RFP.

Download the full RFP (197.87 KB pdf)

When are applications due?

Applications must be submitted by 8:00 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, September 3, 2021. However if applicants are able, they are welcome to submit applications earlier.

Selected awardees will be notified on a rolling basis in mid/late September.

What is the funding period?

We anticipate periods of performance starting in October 2021, and applicants are encouraged to propose projects and budgets October 1 or October 15. However, strong applicants needing additional time to launch activities are also invited to apply, specifying their earliest possible start date in their project plan and budget. The grant-funded activities must conclude by March 31, 2022.

How large are the awards?

Awardees will receive grants of up to $60,000. Applicants are encouraged to apply for the full amount necessary to implement their proposed approach and activities (up to $60,000). The final award amount is contingent on submission of a detailed and reasonable budget proposal to be approved by the Urban Institute.

How will funding decisions be made?

Details on application review criteria are available in the RFP, including a rubric assigning points based on the following application domains:

  • organizational mission, populations served, and past experience
  • well-defined community engagement approach and activities (project plan)
  • clear outputs, outcomes, and impact (monitoring and evaluation)
  • detailed budget and budget narrative

What organizations are eligible to apply?

Eligible applicants are organizations based in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi, that are nonprofit, tax exempt 501(c)(3), or under an Internal Revenue Service code other than 501(c)(3).

Examples of eligible CBOs could include faith-based organizations; vaccine advocacy organizations; public health focused associations; and civic, cultural, and social organizations that have the capacity to educate and engage communities of color who are at increased risk of getting COVID-19. CBOs should have demonstrated experience effectively engaging with at risk populations in the community. Colleges, universities, hospitals or health systems or their fiscal sponsors are not eligible for funding under this project. FQHCs may apply but to be eligible they should have community-based programming including outreach and engagement.

What if I have additional questions?

Applicants with questions not answered on this page or the RFP are encouraged to email them to

Questions and answers will be shared on this online document, accessible to all applicants and updated daily.

The Urban Institute held an informational Q&A webinar on the RFP on August 13, 2021. Here are the webinar slides and here is the webinar recording.