Hello, Health-minded Community Leader!
I am excited that you are interested in the Vaccine Outreach Inspired by Community Education (VOICE) mini grant opportunity! This mini grant can be used creatively to help educate our community on health and wellness while incorporating vaccine education. Opportunities for these mini grants are endless but here are some potential ideas:
Our overall goal is to develop a network of health education champions in our community, and YOU could be one of them.
For additional nitty gritty details of the grant requirements (there are not that many, to be honest), and, of course, reach out to me if you have questions before you apply or while you are applying.
We are stronger when we work together toward common goals for our community. On behalf of the Shiawassee County Health Department and the Shiawassee Family YMCA, I want to thank you for your commitment to helping our community. These funds can help us work on eliminating health disparities and help us all live healthier lives.
Thank you for applying!
Application Open Date: Friday, May 20, 2022
Application Due Date: Thursday, June 30, 2022 – 5:00 PM
ABOUT THE VOICE Mini Grant Program:
The VOICE Mini Grant Program is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) initiative to build community capacity surrounding vaccine education rates among underserved populations including youth and adults. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccine rates have declined. This mini grant is intended to help increase awareness, access, and confidence in vaccines in our community, especially among underserved populations.
The priority population to be impacted by this funding opportunity via the Shiawassee Family YMCA in partnership with the Shiawassee County Health Department are inspired by community health opportunities. Key activities of this program include 1) provide insights to the CDC detailing barriers to vaccine uptake, 2) equip influential messengers, and 3) increase vaccination opportunities and enhance provider partnerships. The CDC defines ‘influential messengers’ as “any spokesperson identified as being recognizable, trusted, and credible within the community and encouraged by a program recipient to share or otherwise distribute information or resources related to VOICE with other members of the community.
REQUIRED APPLICANT ORGANIZATION ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:
Eligible Target Audiences
ELIGIBLE COMMUNITY PROJECT OPTIONS:
ALL proposed projects must focus on improving community education, distribution, administration, and/or uptake of vaccines in underserved and/or under-vaccinated populations in Shiawassee County.
Proposed projects may implement promising practices to improve vaccine coverage (COVID-19, flu, childhood, and/or senior immunizations) in this priority population:
ALL selected project partners and their associated project team members must participate in vaccine hesitancy training, which will be offered during the first 30 days of the project period.
Proposed projects can begin June 2022 and must end no later than March 31, 2023.
Funding request with a minimum of $5,000 and a maximum of $7,000 will be considered. A total of 15 awards will be made via an independent grant review committee.
Selected project partners will be required to 1) document and share relevant learnings from events, conversations, or meetings; 2) document and share tangible insights, common challenges, and key lessons learned; 3) document influential messengers engaged and/or trained as a component of project activities; and 4) report quantitative data collection relative to the selected promising practices activities implemented. Completion of all monthly reporting is a requirement for all selected project partner organizations.
USE OF FUNDS (ALLOWED EXPENSES):
Project funds may be used for direct costs associated with organizing/conducting projects.
Grant requests cannot exceed $5,000.00 or $7,000.00.
No indirect/administrative costs allowed.