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Will County Health Department Announces Grant Recipients to Conduct COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach

Notice of Funding Opportunity

The Will County Health Department is pleased to partner with local Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) in the effort to ensure equitable access and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in Will County. These organizations are trusted messengers in the communities which have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic – racial/ethnic minorities and individuals who are economically and socially marginalized. Awards not to exceed $15,000 will be made to organizations that are selected.


Organizations that service populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to apply. Organizations must commit to assisting these vulnerable populations with accessing the COVID-19 vaccine through various methods, including but not limited to:

  • COVID-19 vaccine education (Education)
  • Community organizing to address vaccine hesitancy and barriers. (Outreach)
  • COVID-19 vaccination clinics (Access – Vaccination)
Scope of Use

Organizations may use funds for education and outreach to increase vaccine confidence and uptake in communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 to ensure equitable access. This includes efforts to address vaccine hesitance, resistance, and access barriers.

  • Monthly, host a minimum of 1 COVID-19 education, outreach or vaccination events
  • Monthly, organization contact must participate in the monthly Will County Health Department Stakeholder Collaborative Meeting
  • Monthly, assist 25 community members with getting vaccinated (examples: host a pop-up vaccination clinic, assist community members with scheduling a vaccination appointment, assist with transportation to a vaccination appointment, etc.)
  • Monthly, reach a minimum of 100 community members with outreach and education efforts
Eligibility Information

To be eligible for the COVID-19 Community Vaccine Equity Award, community-based organizations must:

  • be physically located in and providing services in Will County, Illinois
  • have current 501(c)(3) IRS status
  • provide services in at least one of the following targeted zip codes with populations that make up a disproportionate amount of positive COVID-19 cases and account for lower COVID-19 vaccine uptake: 60432 (Joliet), 60433 (Joliet), 60435 (Joliet), 60436 (Joliet, Rockdale), 60440 (Bolingbrook), 60441 (Lockport, Homer Glen, Romeoville, Crest Hill, Fairmont), 60446 (Romeoville, Bolingbrook), 60484 (University Park), 60487 (Will County portion of Tinley Park only), 60477 (Will County portion of Tinley Park only)
     Note: Zip Code data has been derived from IDPH data, Will County GIS, Census Bureau, and CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index.
  • demonstrate that all funds from this award will be spent for the benefit of education and outreach to increase vaccine equity and access
  • be able to document and report on use of award funds (monthly progress reports and final report)
  • demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion with respect to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical and cognitive ability, immigration status, and religion, among participants, board members, leadership team, and staff
Application and Submission Information

Project Narrative

  • Describe how the funds will be used over the duration of the performance project period of 6 months (this should align with the target population and needs identified in the project proposal and program work plan) to increase vaccine confidence and uptake in communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19


  • Proposed Budget for any salaries, equipment, and supplies
  • Budget Justification
Funding Application Criteria

The grant applications are reviewed by The Will County Health Department to determine if the application meets the evaluation criteria listed below.

The following components must be submitted by all applicants:

  • Applicant Organization Information
  • Project Narrative (include target audience)
          – Staff and Organizational Experience reaching the identified population
          – Data Collection and Performance Measurement
  • Budget
  • Budget Justification
  • W-9 Form
    Review and Selection Process

    The applications will be reviewed by the Bronner Group according to the evaluation criteria listed above.

    Decisions to fund an Award are based on:

    • The strengths and weaknesses of the applications as identified by reviewers;
    • Availability of funds;
    • Staff and Organizational Experience reaching the identified population;
    • Data Collection and Performance Measurements;
    • Budget and justification;
    • Target audience/vulnerable population.

    Monthly Activity Reports must be submitted to monthly.  Such reports are due on the 10th of each month.



    Agency Contact & Technical Assistance

    Vinita Voss

    Office Phone: 815-740-8988

    Cell Phone: 815-342-2862

    Funding Opportunity Title

    CBO Vaccine Equity Funding

    Number of Awards

    10 Awards of $1,000 to $15,000

    Total Funding Available


    Funding Source

    Will County Health Department Defederalized CARES Funding

    Posted Date

    July 1, 2021

    Project Period

    Start Date: August 1, 2021

    End Date: January 31, 2022

    Submission Dates and Times

    July 19, 2021 at 5pm

    Anticipated Announcement & Award Date

    August 2, 2021