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 12–29, 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.