Community Collaboration Mini-Grant Program
RADx-UP Coordination and Data Collection Center (CDCC)
Next deadline: Aug 26, 2022 (Letter of inquiry)
Later deadlines: Sep 16, 2022 (Full proposal), Dec 23, 2022 (Letter of inquiry), Jan 13, 2023 (Full proposal)
Grant amount: Up to US $50,000
Fields of work: Medical Technology & Devices Infectious & Parasitic Diseases Emerging Technology Development
Applicant type: Indigenous Group, Nonprofit
Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, Project / Program, Education / Outreach
Location of project: United States
Location of residency: United States
NOTE: Submitting a letter of intent is not required, but is encouraged so that we can plan for the number of anticipated submissions.
The RADx-UP CDCC Community Collaboration Mini-Grant Program
The Community Collaboration Mini-Grant Program is a $50,000 grant that supports the education and outreach of community organizations and their efforts to increase access and uptake of COVID-19 testing in their communities.
Awardees use funding to remove barriers to COVID-19 communication and outreach, COVID-19 testing and diagnosis, and COVID-19 data collection and dissemination testing. They may provide training and education for community members around COVID-19 testing topics of interest or generate communication materials related to COVID-19 testing.
The CDCC’s Community Collaboration Mini-Grant Program seeks to support the inclusion of additional community partners and stakeholder groups who are not currently part of the RADx-UP program through CDCC subawards.
Engagement in the evaluation and adoption of established and new diagnostic tests by the communities adversely affected by COVID-19 is critical to reducing the disease burden in the United States. This program will provide CDCC subawards (hereinafter referred to as “mini-grants”) to increase the capacity for COVID-19 testing expertise within the community. Increasing training, education, communication, information dissemination, and capacity building related to COVID-19 testing, isolation, contact tracing, among others, in communities will increase our ability to decrease COVID-19 transmission and save lives.
These CDCC mini-grant funds can be used to support personnel costs, contracted service costs (e.g., participant transportation, translation, and interpretation, etc.), and non-personnel costs (e.g., other participant incentives, information and technology equipment) to:
- remove barriers to COVID-19 communication and outreach, COVID-19 testing and diagnosis, and COVID-19 data collection and dissemination testing;
- develop communities of practice between community collaboration CDCC mini-grant sub-awardees and current RADx-UP awardees which will extend communication and outreach, expand testing availability, and enhance data collection and dissemination capacities; and
- evaluate strategies for the communication of test results and follow-up measures to underserved and vulnerable populations;
- provide training and education for community members around COVID-19 testing topics of interest to the community;
- provide funding to increase capacity for COVID-19 testing activities in the community;
- generate communication materials related to COVID-19 testing;
- provide funding for community personnel training on specific aspects of COVID-19 related research including informatics, data collection methods, standardized survey administration, and others.
- collaborate with CEAL programs on activities such as understanding attitudes about testing and vaccines.
An evaluation component is encouraged to identify critical barriers and identify best strategies for removing these barriers to facilitate COVID-19 communication and outreach, COVID-19 testing, and COVID-19 testing data collection and dissemination.
More information is available the FAQs.
You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.
- The following organizations are eligible to apply: community serving organizations, faith-based organizations, community-based clinics, and tribal nations and organizations.
- We are particularly interested in receiving proposals to work with underserved and vulnerable communities not currently engaged with existing RADx-UP awardees; the awardees of the NIH Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Against COVID-19 Disparities program; and from organizations with a track record of outreach and service to underserved and vulnerable populations.
- Eligible organizations may also include in their applications, collaborations (e.g., consultations and in-kind services) with academic institutions, clinical practices, and others.
- Though not required, we also encourage partnerships with existing RADx-UP and CEAL awardees who may be able to collaborate with mini-grant sub-awardees on their outreach and communication, testing, and data collection and dissemination strategies.
- Applications to this RFA are not intended to be research proposals and must not propose human subjects research.
- CDCC Community Collaboration Mini-Grants are not meant as bridge funds or as supplementary funding for existing grants with the same aims as the proposed work, work conducted outside of the United States or foreign components.