COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach Grant Program (VOGP)

Overview

The COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach Grant Program supports the efforts of local organizations in Pennsylvania conducting grassroots outreach to communities about COVID-19 vaccines. Organizations will work to educate their communities on COVID-19 vaccines to improve usage of the vaccine, and overall, the health and safety of Pennsylvania. This program will engage and provide the necessary funding to community organizations to educate their community regarding COVID-19 vaccination to address hesitancy concerns and barriers.

The COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach Grant Program is a federally funded program. Applicants will need a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number in order to apply for funding and be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM) in order to receive funding under the program. To register for a DUNS number please visit Dun & Bradstreet website. To obtain a SAM number, visit the SAM website.

Uses

Grants provided under the COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach Grant Program must be used to fund proactive, targeted vaccine outreach.

Eligible uses include, but are not limited to:

  • Local media buys, such as print, television, and radio advertisements
  • Costs for designing and producing advertising, outreach, and training materials, including (but not limited to): videos, digital content, direct mail, print materials (stickers, posters, flyers, etc.). Materials should be created to reach people at different levels of health literacy, digital literacy, and science literacy, and must have culturally and linguistically appropriate messages
  • Sponsorship of vaccine-related events
  • Training for community liaisons and outreach workers and volunteers
  • Equipment rentals, such as technology for vaccine appointment setting or participation
  • Event costs related to vaccine outreach and activities, which have no religious component
  • Administrative costs of the applicant necessary to administer the grant. Administrative costs will include documented vaccine related staff expenses such as travel, letterhead, and other related costs. Administrative costs shall not exceed 2% of the grant award

Ineligible uses include:

  • Grantee payroll or stipends
  • Gift cards, cash, or other incentives of value for individuals in exchange for receiving vaccine
  • Payment of existing debt obligations
  • Food and drink
  • Religious services or programming: No Commonwealth funds may be used for religious purposes or to support religious activities. Grantee must provide services and programs that are open to all, regardless of race, creed, color, or religious preference.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants include:

  • Non-profit organizations incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including religious institutions and faith-based organizations
  • Childcare and educational institutions, including child/daycare facilities, K-12 schools, school districts, and institutions of higher education

Funding

Grant amounts will range from $10,000 – $100,000.

How to Apply

Project applications must be submitted using the DCED Electronic Single Application for Assistance.

Additional Information

COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach Grant Program Application Webinar

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