COVID-19 Health Disparities Grant
Funding Opportunity

The Application Window for this Funding Opportunity is Closed

Notification of awards will be released January 28, 2022


The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare seeks to address COVID-19-related health disparities and advance health equity 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 and increased access barriers to 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; and

  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.  


Funding is available through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities Among Populations at High-Risk and Underserved, CDC-RFA-OT21-2103, CFDA #93.391. 

Available Funds

The Department will award a total of $5,200,000 under this initiative. The minimum award amount is $25,000. The ceiling award based on population served is $750,000. 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: If your organization annually serves: 

  • 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 

How to Apply

The application window for this funding opportunity is now closed. Proposals will be reviewed by an internal committee and awarded no later than Friday, January 28, 2022.

Who May Apply?

Eligible applicants include:

  • Idaho-based nonprofits 

  • Community-based organizations

  • Tribes, tribal organizations 

  • Health care organizations including hospitals and clinics 

  • Governmental organizations such as local health departments and municipalities 


Individuals are not eligible to apply for this funding opportunity.  


Important Deadlines

  • Proposal deadline: 5:00 PM MST, Monday, January 10, 2022

  • Applicants will receive notification of award/response from the Department no later than Friday, January 28, 2022

  • Anticipated award date: February 21, 2022 

  • Deadline for spending awards: June 30, 2022.  

  • Spending deadline may be extended beyond June 30, 2022, based on legislative budget approval. 

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.

 Additional guidance can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions document.

Contact Information

Questions about this grant opportunity can be directed to:

Stacy Falkner, Health Equity Project Manager - CDC Foundation Field Staff