RACF: Community Vaccine Education Grant

Rochester Area Community Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Up to US $3,000

Fields of work: Health Disparities & Social Determinants of Health Vaccines Community Health Education

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Monroe County, New York

Location of residency: Monroe County, New York

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About this funder:



Rochester Area Community Foundation, in partnership with generous philanthropists and community partners, works to improve the quality of life for people who live and work in the eight-county region through its leadership and strategic grantmaking.


People living in low-income ZIP codes in the city of Rochester have a first-dose vaccination rate slightly above 3 percent, while the average for the rest of Monroe County is four times higher, with rates in Brighton and Pittsford topping 22 percent.

As Rochester’s history has shown us, our Black and Brown community members have received inequitable treatment since the early 1950s. Sadly, today’s lack of available COVID-19 vaccines in the city, not being aware of the latest information as to when and where appointments open, and difficulties navigating online appointment portals continue that trend.

Neighborhood associations and community-based groups play an important role — building relationships and grassroots collaborations and proposing solutions to issues affecting their residents. These groups are the first to know what is happening in their community and have become trusted partners for local businesses and government entities in reaching out to their neighbors.

Building off our NeighborGood Grants initiative, which provides financial support to city neighborhood groups to strengthen the communities in which they live, Rochester Area Community Foundation wants to help residents in Rochester’s low-income neighborhoods better understand the importance of continuing to be tested for COVID-19, and how and where to access the vaccination. The goal is to improve vaccination rates in these neighborhoods and share information on how citizens can protect themselves and their family and friends.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Neighborhood-led and community-based organizations located in the following ZIP codes with low vaccination rates: 14604, 14605, 14606, 14608, 14609, 14611, 14613, 14614, 14615, 14619 and 14621
  • Must collaborate with a COVID-19 resource organization (such as the Black Physicians Network, Interdenominational Health Ministry Coalition, Rochester Black Nurses Association, Monroe County Health Department, etc.) that is not necessarily a government entity or health-specific business or nonprofit
  • Together, the neighborhood group and COVID-19 experts will determine the best and most innovative ways to reach residents and share important information related to COVID testing and vaccines to improve vaccination rates and decrease COVID cases.
  • Register and attend a Community Foundation-hosted webinar at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 1 OR at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6.


This page was last reviewed April 13, 2021 and last updated April 13, 2021