COVID-19 Vaccine Grants
Tennesseans need accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines, and communities need the resources to efficiently distribute them. So the BlueCross Foundation has now awarded multiple grants, totaling up to $1.7 million, to help local communities address these needs.
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Funding is underway
After an overwhelming response, the BlueCross Foundation has announced recipients for its COVID-19 vaccine grants. We have committed:
More than $400,000 to Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga for a communications and vaccine support program for vulnerable populations in the Chattanooga area
More than $200,000 to Camellia Foundation/Clínica Médicos in Chattanooga for opening a second vaccination site for underinsured populations
$13,800 to Healing Word Counseling Center in Memphis for medical-grade vaccine freezers and site support for vaccination events
More than $530,000 to City of Memphis Parks and Neighborhoods for the “Your Best Shot” campaign, with the goal of vaccinating 656,000 residents in Shelby County
More than $541,000 to First Tennessee Development District in Johnson City to address crucial social issues such as food insecurity, childhood literacy, workforce development and more
How we evaluated proposals
The program was designed to provide funding to leverage local knowledge, expertise, resources and relationships to increase vaccinations within communities.
Civic organizations, governmental entities and nonprofits submitted proposals for funding. Applications were reviewed and qualifying grants awarded on a rolling basis. All available funds have now been allocated.
For questions or additional information, contact Chelsea Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (423) 535-3240.
Awarded funding must be used in Tennessee communities. Additional requirements included:
- Research-based insights used in developing the campaign or program
- Clear and detailed projected outcomes and measurements to be reported to BlueCross Foundation staff periodically while project is in progress and when the project is completed
- Nondiscrimination policy in place and enforced
- Recognition for BlueCross Foundation funding
The foundation prioritized proposals that involve:
- Community coalitions and regional partnerships, including local governments, regional cooperatives, nonprofit organizations, civic service organizations, etc. with an identified lead organization and dedicated fiduciary agent;
- Strategic plans to augment foundation funding with local matching funds and/or in-kind support;
- Specific outreach to communities of color disproportionately affected by COVID-19 to address health disparities; and
- Detailed information about programming, collaboration and sustainable funding in support of community vaccination efforts.