Museum and Library Funding Opportunities


Funding awards will be provided to museums and libraries to leverage their deep relationships with local communities to improve vaccine confidence. By providing funding awards to these trusted community institutions, the initiative will use new and existing resources to reach Americans across the nation. Additionally, a Community of Practice will be created to develop and refine vaccine education resources that will be shared with the broader museum and library community.

Eligibility requirements

This funding opportunity is for museums, libraries, science centers, zoos, aquariums, gardens, tribal organizations, and other cultural institutions located in the United States, including territories and tribal lands. To be eligible for this award, your organization must be either a private nonprofit organization with tax-exempt status or part of a State or local government or a multipurpose not-for-profit entity, such as a municipality, university, historical society, foundation, or cultural center. Additionally, organizations must qualify according to the Institute of Museum and Library Services Eligibility Criteria.

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Important information for applicants

Communities for Immunity is seeking proposals that address COVID-19 vaccine confidence and uptake, with an aim to reach vaccine-hesitant populations. This FAQ page includes resources to help you determine which groups in your community might have higher rates of vaccine hesitancy.

The award program is funding projects of a range of sizes and complexity in two rounds. The Round Two application window is open now and awardees will be notified in mid-November:

  • Round Two: November 2021
    • Application window: October 12–November 1, 2021
    • 154 awards (estimated) ranging from $1,500–$100,000
    • Projects completed by March 31, 2022

Round One awards were announced in mid-September and are currently being implemented:

  • Round One: September 2021
    • Application window: August 5–September 2, 2021
    • 100 awards (estimated) ranging from $1,500–$10,000
    • Projects completed by December 10, 2021

    Organizations may apply for funding in Round Two whether or not they applied in Round One. If your proposal was not selected in Round One, you may apply again for Round Two.

    Some smaller projects may use existing resources and materials to communicate about vaccines, like printing and distributing pamphlets about COVID-19 vaccination, facilitating a community discussion about vaccines, or opening or maintaining a vaccination site. For proposals over $25,000, it is required that you involve the creation of new resources and materials that can be shared with other organizations. This could involve designing new materials for distribution (pamphlets, infographics, posters, videos, podcasts, public service announcements) or designing a new program, display, activity, or framework for public discussion. Read our applicant toolkit for more information about the application process.

    Communities for Immunity seeks effective, innovative ways to engage vaccine-hesitant populations, so project design is only constrained by your creativity and what resonates with your community! Compelling proposals will include coordination with partners, such as local health officials, community organizations, or other libraries, museums, or cultural institutions.

    As a part of this program, ASTC will establish an online Community of Practice and a Resource Library featuring materials created by awardees. These resources will allow participating organizations to support one another and share best practices for creating a successful vaccine confidence program with the broader museum and library communities.

    Interested in applying?

    Review the Applicant Toolkit and the Budget Template.

    The application window closed on November 1.