ACT for Alexandria

COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach & Engagement Mini Grants

About the Alexandria Resilience Fund
The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 is a racial equity issue, and the pandemic has exacerbated the pre-existing inequities in our community.  The Alexandria Resilience Fund intends to support organizations committed to addressing racial equity and that have deep, trusted relationships with communities that have been marginalized and are on the sidelines of Alexandria’s prosperity.  This Fund allows us to respond to the critical needs of the community and the organizations that serve our residents.     
 
Vaccine Outreach & Engagement
The Alexandria Resilience Fund is allocating $25,000 for Mini Grants to assist with COVID-19 vaccine outreach and awareness building activities across communities in Alexandria.  We anticipate awarding $1,000 - $3,000 grants, based on the need and request.  
 
Investing in outreach to specific populations is necessary as language, literacy and technology barriers pose a challenge for many community members to understanding the benefits of the vaccine and accessing and navigating the registration and appointment system.  Many of these community members live and work in conditions with fewer options to protect themselves and their families from COVID-19. Many are not able to work from home or isolate within their home. They may not have paid time off from work or affordable, rapid access to testing or medical care. These factors make the COVID-19 vaccination even more of a critical tool in the battle against virus for this population. 
 
Many residents have not filled out a vaccine pre-registration form. This may be due to either a lack of knowledge about vaccine eligibility, distrust of the healthcare system and government agencies, or both. Given these challenges, the Fund would like to support organizations that have existing trusted relationships with Alexandrians to ensure communities understand the benefits and safety of COVID-19 vaccines and have the tools to pre-register for the waitlist and sign up for appointments when they become available.
 
ACT is building off of ACT’s 2020 Census work where we partnered with stakeholders across the City to support the distribution of Census information.  Knowing that nonprofits and their constituents are trusted messengers in the community, ACT provided grant funding to these community-based organizations to conduct special outreach, information sessions, incentive gift cards, and provide stipends to Ambassadors to build awareness about the Census.  This engagement was one of the driving factors in helping Alexandria achieve a complete count for the 2020 Census.  We believe these strategies can also help with vaccine outreach and awareness building.    
 
FAQs for Nonprofits:  
1. How do I apply for a Vaccine Outreach & Engagement Mini Grant?
 
2. Who is eligible to apply for a Mini Grant?
Nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations that meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply.
Organizations that serve the elderly, immigrants and historically marginalized communities.
Organizations must use funds to serve Alexandria residents and must focus on COVID-19 vaccine outreach and awareness building activities in the City of Alexandria.  
 
3. What are types of activities will be funded through the Mini Grants?
Examples include hosting an information session about the vaccine, providing stipends to community leaders to share relevant materials with community members, storytelling and video testimonials about the vaccine process, funds for incentives or to make up for wages lost going to an appointment, and/or any type of outreach activity or event that will help boost awareness and trust about the vaccine process.  Note:  This is just a sample of the different projects, we are seeking your expertise and encourage nonprofits to identify ways to incorporate this outreach into their on-going work.  
 
4. What is the size of a Mini Grant?
We anticipate awarding $1,000 - $3,000 grants, based on the need and request.  
 
5. When will grants be awarded?
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning April 15 and nonprofits will receive notification of a decision within 10 days of submission and if awarded, the grant check will be made within two weeks. 
 
Questions? Please contact Brandi Yee at brandi.yee@actforalexandria.org or 703-739-7778.