Supporting Community-Based Organizations to Increase Vaccination Coverage across Different Racial and Ethnic Adult Populations Currently Experiencing Disparities

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 20 community-based organizations (CBOs) to increase vaccine confidence and uptake for adults in racial and ethnic communities currently experiencing disparities. 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 (306.74 KB pdf)

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When are applications due?

Applications must be submitted by 8:00 p.m. (EDT) on Monday, April 26, 2021.

Selected awardees will be notified on a rolling basis as early as Friday, May 7.

What is the funding period?

We anticipate periods of performance starting in June 2021, and applicants are encouraged to propose projects and budgets beginning June 1 or June 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. All activities should plan to conclude by March 31, 2022.

How large are the awards?

Awardees will receive grants of up to $100,000. Applicants are encouraged to apply for the full amount necessary to implement their proposed approach and activities (up to $100,000). 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 United States–based organizations that are nonprofit, tax exempt 501(c)(3), or under an Internal Revenue Service code other than 501(c)(3). CBOs can include faith-based organizations, vaccine advocacy organizations, public health–focused associations, and civic and social organizations with the capacity to educate and engage communities of color at increased risk of contracting 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.

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 a Q&A webinar on April 19. Here is the video recording and the downloadable slides (182.47 KB pdf) .

The webinar will provide an overview of the key elements of the RFP and project and answer programmatic and operational questions from prospective applicants. During the webinar, the team will answer questions received by 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday, April 18. The webinar will be recorded and linked here afterward.