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Grants to USA Tribal Organizations, Libraries, Museums, and Cultural
Institutions to Disseminate Information About the COVID-19 Vaccination

Communities for Immunity Grants

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Grants to USA and territories tribal organizations, libraries, museums, science centers, aquariums, zoos, gardens, and other cultural institutions to disseminate information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination. Funding for the first round is intended to use, adapt, and expand existing resources and approaches to engage their communities. Funding for the second round will focus on sustained engagement through the end of 2021 and first part of 2022.


  • Round One: Communities for Immunity’s priority during Round One will be making rapid funds available to eligible organizations who can use, adapt, and expand existing resources and approaches to engage their communities within 30–60 days of the funding award.
  • Round Two: In Round Two of the project, awards will focus on sustained engagement through the end of 2021 and first part of 2022. Communities for Immunity will prioritize projects that include cross-community partnerships, and are designed to engage the hardest-to-reach audiences, reach children and families as younger children become eligible for the vaccine, and include opportunities to build broader vaccine confidence and assess deeper community needs. 

Funding awards will be provided to museums and libraries to leverage their deep relationships with local communities to improve vaccine confidence. By providing funding awards to these trusted community institutions, the initiative will use new and existing resources to reach Americans across the nation. Additionally, a Community of Practice will be created to develop and refine vaccine education resources that will be shared with the broader museum and library community.

Some smaller projects may use existing resources and materials to communicate about vaccines, like printing and distributing pamphlets about COVID-19 vaccination, facilitating a community discussion about vaccines, or opening or maintaining a vaccination site. Higher-budget proposals may create entirely new materials that can later be shared with other institutions. 

Communities for Immunity seeks effective, innovative ways to engage vaccine-hesitant populations, so project design is only constrained by the applicant's creativity and what resonates with the community! Compelling proposals will include coordination with partners, such as local health officials, community organizations, or other libraries, museums, or cultural institutions. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 198379

Number of Grants:

Round One: 100 awards (estimated); Round Two: 154 awards (estimated)

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Round One: Ranging from $1,500–$10,000
- Round Two: ranging from $1,500–$100,000

Term of Contract:

Round One Projects must be completed by December 10, 2021, and final reports must be submitted no later than January 31, 2022.

Round Two -projects must be completed by March 31, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This funding opportunity is for museums, libraries, science centers, zoos, aquariums, gardens, tribal organizations, and other cultural institutions located in the United States, including territories and tribal lands. To be eligible for this award, your organization must be either a private nonprofit organization with tax-exempt status or part of a State or local government or a multipurpose not-for-profit entity, such as a municipality, university, historical society, foundation, or cultural center. Additionally, organizations must qualify according to the Institute of Museum and Library Services Eligibility Criteria.

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Pre-Application Information:

The award program will fund projects of a range of sizes and complexity in two rounds:

Round One: September 2021
- Application window: August 5–September 2, 2021
- Communities for Immunity will select awardees on a rolling basis beginning August 19, and all Round One awardees will be notified no later than September 16, 2021.

Round Two: November 2021
- Application window: October 12–November 1, 2021
- Webinars on Application: November 14 and 22, 2021
- Awardee Notification: November 19, 2021
- Projects Implemented: November 20, 2021 - March 31, 2022

Organizations selected for awards during Round One may apply for additional funding in Round Two to build upon and/or expand their Round One projects. Additionally, organizations not selected for awards in Round One are encouraged to reapply in Round Two. Lastly, organizations that did not apply in Round One are still encouraged to apply in Round Two.

Round One: Payment schedule: Awardees will receive 70% of the project payment upon execution of an award agreement with ASTC. The remaining 30% will be paid upon successful completion of the project and submission of the final report.

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