Baltimore Community Foundation urges community organizations addressing racial disparities in vaccination coverage to apply for new COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Fund
The Baltimore Community Foundation (BCF) has opened applications for the COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Fund, a $900,000 grant program for Baltimore community organizations that have programs and projects seeking to boost vaccination specifically among Black and LatinX adults aged 18 to 24 in Baltimore City and County.
Applications are being accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, and BCF will review grant proposals of any dollar amount, as long as they are properly justified.
“Because community-based organization work with communities and they have a certain level of trust that far exceeds anything that a medical institution would have and because they understand the historical background and ongoing level of structural racism, they have the power to encourage communities to get vaccinated,” said Kiara Mayhand, public health fellow at BCF. “They to shed some light on the importance of getting vaccinated just so that we can keep everyone safe and healthy.”
The fund is made possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has partnered with institutions at every level to improve vaccine confidence and adoption among racial groups that have hesitations.
Source: The AFRO