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Increase the Reach

This grant opportunity is open to organizations
working to improve health equity in all communities of Kansas.


2022 Request for Proposals

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This grant opportunity is open to community-based organizations working to improve health equity in all communities of Kansas. Projects will develop and expand access to vaccines and increase vaccine acceptance among those who are unvaccinated. Plans should address COVID-19 vaccine but may also include routine lifespan vaccines (e.g., MMR, polio, influenza, pneumonia). 


Emphasis must be placed on populations and geographic areas identified as socially vulnerable with low vaccination rates. Individuals may be from high-risk and underserved populations, including racial and ethnic minority populations and rural communities.


Applicants must have documented success in reaching vulnerable populations. Organizations may be direct service providers such as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), safety net clinics and other state funded community clinics. Community-based organizations are also encouraged to apply.  Local Health Departments are not eligible and instead encouraged to apply to the Immunization Action Program funding from Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). 


Awards are expected to range from $50,000 to $250,000 awarded on the merit of the application with a 10% cap on administrative fees.  Applications for smaller scale grant projects are considered with a minimum grant award of $10,000.

applications currently not accepted

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Governor Laura Kelly is the 48th Governor of the State of Kansas. As a state senator for 14 years, Kelly was a leading voice in promoting healthy families in Kansas, and the importance of top-notch public schools in communities of all sizes. As governor, Kelly has worked tirelessly to rebuild state’s broken foundation. Since taking office, she fulfilled her promise to fully fund public schools, she led the passage of a comprehensive 10-year infrastructure plan, and she has rebuilt Kansas’ economic development recruitment tools. Kelly has made it her life’s work to fight for children and families in her community, on the job, as a four-term state senator and now as Governor. 


As one of the leading Institutes at Wichita State University, the Community Engagement Institute is comprised of multiple Centers and Initiatives that engage with community organizations, nonprofits, health and human service organizations, coalitions, and grassroots groups across Kansas. The Community Engagement Institute serves as the grant administrator for Increase the Reach.

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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment Bureau of Disease Control and Prevention works in collaboration with local health departments and other healthcare providers to intervene in the spread of infectious diseases like tuberculosis, vaccine-preventable diseases and sexually-transmitted infections. Federal funding for Increase the Reach was provided to KDHE from the following Federal Award: 6 NH23IP922627-02-08 Immunization Cooperative Agreements.

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