Vaccine Equity and Access Program: Request for Proposals


Community Catalyst is proud to announce the launch of our Vaccine Equity and Access Program, a national program that supports community-based organizations led by and working with people of color to facilitate information about, and access to, vaccines as part of a broader effort to reduce vaccination disparities, specifically in influenza and COVID-19 vaccination rates.

Read the Full RFP 

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Period Open April 21st — May 5th, 2021 


Deadline to Apply May 5th at Noon


Vaccination is a highly effective public health intervention that, when accessible, prevents infection and the spread of illness, saving millions of lives every year. However, systemic racism has led to inequities that permeate health care, living and working conditions, and economic mobility across the country. As a result, there are significant health disparities between white people and people of color in the United States, including disparities in adult vaccination rates. In a health care context specifically, people of color have long-confronted injustices—both historical and present-day—that contribute to poorer health outcomes and inequitable access to care. These injustices include medical systems rooted in racialized violence and abuse, discriminatory treatment at the hands of medical providers, lack of research and information about health issues that disproportionately impact people of color, the targeted under-resourcing of communities of color, and services within health systems that do not support identified community needs or culturally competent care. 

Over the last year, as the COVID-19 pandemic has gripped the nation and the world, the same racial inequities that have led to disparities in health care more broadly, including in vaccination rates, are leading to much higher rates of COVID-19 infection and death in communities of color, most especially in American Indian/Alaska Native, African American/Black, Asian American, Hispanic/Latinx American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities.  

Now that several vaccines for COVID-19 are available and vaccination is more urgent than ever, community leaders must be equipped to develop vaccine confidence networks that enable individuals and families to absorb accurate, timely, and culturally appropriate information about vaccine options, including information that addresses questions and concerns people may have. These networks can also be invaluable leaders in raising awareness about the need to improve both COVID-19 and influenza vaccination access points in communities of color and in connecting providers with information and resources to better meet the needs of the communities they serve in the long term.  

With funding provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Community Catalyst’s Vaccine Equity and Access Program will invest in approximately 75 community-based organizations led by and working with communities of color to: 

  • Equip influential messengers within the community to become ambassadors for COVID-19 and influenza vaccine information;   

  • Increase vaccination opportunities within the community and enhance provider relationships with the communities they serve; and 

  • Establish and/or build upon partnerships with state and local health departments to support vaccine access in both the short and long term 


April 21, 2021  

RFP release   

April 26, 2021  

Applicant Informational Webinar, 3:00 p.m. ET  

May 5, 2021  

RFP submission deadline, noon ET  

May 24, 2021  

Selection notification  

May 24, 2021 – June 14, 2021  

Finalize agreement and transfer of funding  

June 15, 2021  

Anticipated project implementation start date   


Project Kickoff Call    

June 15, 2021- June 14, 2022  

Implementation period of up to 12 months  

*Please note that the timeline is subject to change  

Jessie Zimmerer, Campaign Manager  

Nell O’Connell, Senior Grants Manager  

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