Keeping Our Communities Healthy grants to provide up to $2K for organizations to create or expand existing approaches to encourage COVID-19 vaccination

LOUISVILLE, KY (September 10, 2021) – The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is offering $20,000 in Keeping our 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.

“Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect against serious illness or death from the disease,” said Ben Chandler, president and CEO, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. “Local organizations are working hard across the bluegrass to get more Kentuckians vaccinated. These grants are intended as a quick infusion to those efforts as we face a surge in cases, hospitalizations and deaths.”

The Foundation will award approximately 10 grants of up to $2,000 each. The 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 with 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
  • Metcalfe
  • Owen
  • Robertson
  • Rockcastle
  • Spencer
  • Todd
  • Trimble
  • Union

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 deadline to apply is October 1. To read the details and learn how to apply, click here.