(ACTIVE) Community Vaccine Education Grant

Categories: Equity, Race / Ethnicity


People living in low-income ZIP codes in the city of Rochester have a first-dose vaccination rate slightly above 3 percent, while the average for the rest of Monroe County is four times higher, with rates in Brighton and Pittsford topping 22 percent.

As Rochester’s history has shown us, our Black and Brown community members have received inequitable treatment since the early 1950s. Sadly, today’s lack of available COVID-19 vaccines in the city, not being aware of the latest information as to when and where appointments open, and difficulties navigating online appointment portals continue that trend.

Neighborhood associations and community-based groups play an important role — building relationships and grassroots collaborations and proposing solutions to issues affecting their residents. These groups are the first to know what is happening in their community and have become trusted partners for local businesses and government entities in reaching out to their neighbors.

Building off our NeighborGood Grants initiative, which provides financial support to city neighborhood groups to strengthen the communities in which they live, Rochester Area Community Foundation wants to help residents in Rochester’s low-income neighborhoods better understand the importance of continuing to be tested for COVID-19, and how and where to access the vaccination. The goal is to improve vaccination rates in these neighborhoods and share information on how citizens can protect themselves and their family and friends.

Typical Grant Size

Up to $3,000 per organization

Eligibility Criteria

  • Neighborhood-led and community-based organizations located in the following ZIP codes with low vaccination rates: 14604, 14605, 14606, 14608, 14609, 14611, 14613, 14614, 14615, 14619 and 14621
  • Must collaborate with a COVID-19 resource organization (such as the Black Physicians Network, Interdenominational Health Ministry Coalition, Rochester Black Nurses Association, Monroe County Health Department, etc.) that is not necessarily a government entity or health-specific business or nonprofit
  • Together, the neighborhood group and COVID-19 experts will determine the best and most innovative ways to reach residents and share important information related to COVID testing and vaccines to improve vaccination rates and decrease COVID cases.
  • Before submitting an application, all applicants are required to watch the Community Vaccine Education Grant Webinar; please watch the replay link here.

Application Due Date(s)

Rolling due date.


Please use the Community Vaccine Education Grant application for this grant that can be found on our grant portal.


Community Programs Department
500 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607-1912

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