July 28, 2021
The Texas Department of State Health Services will award $10 million to local organizations promoting COVID-19 vaccinations in Texas. In addition, the Texas Vaccine Outreach and Education Grant program will provide grants of $50,000 to $150,000 to a wide range of groups engaged in vaccine education to increase the number of fully vaccinated Texans and slow the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
DSHS encourages educational agencies, faith-based organizations, government entities, community coalitions, associations, and nonprofit groups to apply for federal funds. They receive awards for projects lasting from six to nine months.
“Community-based organizations have played a critical role in ensuring people across Texas have access to COVID-19 vaccines. In addition, they have innovative ideas about how to engage the communities they work with,” said Imelda Garcia, DSHS associate commissioner for laboratory and infectious disease services. “These grants will give them the resources to expand their efforts to serve hard-to-reach communities that have been seriously affected by the pandemic.”
DSHS is partnering with Texas A&M University Health Science Center to administer the Texas Vaccine Outreach and Education Grant program.
Texas organizations can submit proposals beginning today, with award notifications expected to start around the end of August. Applicants that focus on reaching rural communities, communities of color, and Texans with disabilities have priority. To learn more about the program, eligibility, and how to apply, please visit https://health.tamu.edu/vaccinegrant.html.