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COVID-19 Health Disparities Initiative
Funding Opportunity

The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare is releasing a rapid funding opportunity for community-based organizations to address COVID-19 health disparities among high risk, underserved, and rural populations. Health and social inequities have contributed to increased burden of COVID-19 among underserved communities and racial and ethnic minority groups, resulting in disproportionate rates of disease, disease mortality and increased barriers to accessing testing, treatment and vaccination. The pandemic and resulting economic crisis have also created hardships for many individuals and families who continue to struggle to make ends meet.

The objectives of this grant are to:   

  1. Address and reduce COVID-19 health disparities among high risk and underserved populations; 

  2. Improve capacity and services to prevent and control COVID-19 transmission and infection among populations that are high-risk and underserved, including increased access to testing and vaccination services and improved contact tracing efforts.  


The Department has up to $5,433,403.17 available to support awards under this initiative. Funding is available through the CDC’s National Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities. The minimum award amount is $10,000. The ceiling award based on population served is $750,000. Applicants who have received previous funding through this grant will be able to apply for funding that totals up to $750,000 minus any amount previously awarded. Individual award amounts will vary depending on the proposed activities, proposed budget, potential impact, and number of applications received. The Department reserves the right to award amounts less than that requested by applicants.  


Funding ranges based on annual population served per organization: 

  • 2500 people or less: up to $150,000 

  • 2501-10,000: up to $350,000 

  • 10,000 – 25,000: up to $400,000   

  • > 25,000: up to $750,000 


Proposals should focus on one or more of the following allowable activities:

  1. Provide education, assistance, and support to mitigate risks, transmission, and long-lasting impacts of COVID-19 as it relates to social determinant of health needs of underserved, high risk populations.

  2. Provide education, assistance, and support to mitigate impacts, risk, and transmission of COVID-19 and encourage vaccination and testing among migrant and seasonal farm workers.

  3. Convene and facilitate multi-sector partnerships to support and address mental and behavioral health needs of school-aged children and youth illuminated by COVID-19.

  4. Fund Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) and Rural Health Clinics (RHC) for COVID-19 support and response.


Detailed examples for each activity are included in the attached application packet.

COVID-19 Health Disparities Community Grant Solicitation Guidance Document

COVID-19 Health Disparities Grant Work Plan Template

Eligible applicants include Idaho-based nonprofits, community-based organizations, tribal organizations, health care organizations including hospitals and clinics, and governmental organizations such as local health departments and municipalities registered to do business in the United States. Preference will be given to those organizations who serve populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, including hard-hit communities and communities that are under-vaccinated. Individuals are not eligible to apply for this funding opportunity.  


Completed application should be emailed in PDF format to Applications will be accepted until Friday, September 23rd, 2022, 5:00 PM MST. Proposals will be reviewed by an internal committee and notifications of award will be anticipated by October 14, 2022.


Key Dates and Details:

Application Available: August 22, 2022

Application Deadline: September 23, 2022, 5 PM MST

Notification of Award: October 14, 2022

Deadline to Spend Award: May 31, 2023

  • Spending deadline may be extended based on legislative budget approval.


Josh Lamansky, Project Manager

COVID-19 Health Disparities Grant

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